Thursday, February 04, 2016

From this day forward...

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Forever Launches PDF Document Functionality

The following is from Forever.

Forever Launches PDF Document Functionality
Forever, Inc. announces that it now supports PDF documents at to help families save their memories for generations.
(SALT LAKE CITY) February 4, 2016  Forever, Inc., the complete memory-keeping solution where genealogists, moms and other family historians collect, curate, and celebrate their memories now and for generations, is pleased to announce that it has launched PDF document functionality across their entire platform of products and services.  Forever made the announcement at RootsTech 2016, which is the largest family history conference in the world and is being held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah from Feb. 3-6, 2016.
“Our ability to support documents is a significant addition to the Forever platform,” said Glen Meakem, Forever Founder & CEO.  “This development proves that we are becoming a complete memory-keeping solution, one that empowers users to tell life’s stories for generations.”
The new functionality enables users to save and share valuable family documents, such as genealogical records, family trees, birth certificates, baptismal certificates, and marriage licenses, all in their permanent digital homes at  Users can also protect private and personal documents, such as financial records, legal contracts, and private correspondence.
While speaking to a group of RootsTech attendees, Meakem said, “Imagine writing letters for your children or grandchildren to read many years into the future.  Perhaps those letters are congratulatory notes meant to be delivered during events to come, such as graduations, weddings, or anniversaries.  Or perhaps those letters are reminders of important family values, traditions, or beliefs.  Forever’s powerful platform of products and services enables you to choose how and when you share important family memories and personal content with others, and Forever’s patent-pending guarantee ensures that you can leave a legacy that speaks for generations.  Whether you choose to share your documents with others, or keep them private, you can rest easy knowing that they will be protected for many, many years to come.
The company plans to add support for video later in 2016.
About Forever
Forever, Inc. offers the world’s first and only guaranteed permanent online media storage and sharing service, which is backed by the patent-pending Forever Guarantee.  Forever was founded and is led by Glen Meakem, previous Founder and CEO of the highly successful business-to-business e-commerce company, FreeMarkets, Inc.  Forever provides a permanent, secure, trustworthy place in the internet cloud – a permanent digital home with a complete set of memory keeping services – where moms and families can collect, curate, celebrate and permanently save their precious personal and family memories.  The company offers highly secure, triple backed up cloud storage, with encryption of critical locator data.  It also offers award winning mobile apps for iOS and Android that automatically back up to member accounts at, as well as web and desktop apps so customers can upload, access, edit, organize, and protect their content from virtually any device.  Forever guarantees customers who buy “permanent sharable storage” that their photos and memories will be saved for their lifetimes plus 100 years with the goal of many generations beyond.  The company can make this guarantee because a large portion of the money customers pay for “permanent storage” is deposited into the Forever Guarantee Fund, a restricted fund that acts like a permanent endowment or reserve, with earnings paying for storage, bandwidth, and migration to new file formats for generations into the future.
The company also offers Forever Artisan, the leading digital desktop scrapbooking software, and Forever Historian -- photo organization and management software, as well as Forever digital art, desktop uploader (Forever Valet), digital photo project design applications (such as Forever Projects), printing, photo scanning and media conversion services.
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About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Relative Race Promotion for RootsTech

The following is from BYUTV.

World Premiere at RootsTech

Are you attending RootsTech this week? If so, come see the world premiere of Relative Race–BYUtv's new reality competition show–on Friday, Feb. 5, at 1:30PM in Room 150 of the Salt Lake Convention Center.

Don't miss it–we'll be giving away 10 AncestryDNA kits to 10 lucky attendees!

Find out more about this new TV series at

Not going to RootsTech? You can tune in to watch the broadcast premiere of Relative Race on February 28 at 6PM MT. Watch on BYUtv, stream on, or view on the BYUtv app.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Family Discovery Day is just a few days away!

Family Discovery Day is just a few days away!
Family Discovery Day at RootsTech will be an amazing day filled with classes, activities, messages, and events that will inspire you to find family names, take them to the temple, and teach others to do the same.

Event Check-in
We are anticipating a very high number of people coming to Family Discovery Day. As such, we would like to encourage you and your group or family to arrive at least an hour before the opening general session, which starts at 1:00 p.m. Check-in for Family Discovery Day opens at 10:00 a.m. and will be located at the RootsTech registration area in the south foyer of the Salt Palace. You will need to show your picture ID upon check-in, after which you will receive wrist bands and bags based on the number of people you signed up online. This number should reflect the total number in your group, including adults, youth, and children.

Family Discovery Day Schedule
Family Discovery Day includes free, fun, and informative classes and activities to help inspire and teach you and your family or group to find family names, take them to the temple, and share your experience with others. Below is an abbreviated schedule of the day’s events, including guest speakers and session themes and topics.
Family Discovery Day Schedule

Event Parking
There are two convenient underground parking garages available at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Parking is $12–18 per day. There are several less expensive parking lots in downtown Salt Lake City within easy walking distance. The parking lot just north of South Temple Street, between 200 West and 300 West, charges $3–$5 per day. Additional parking is available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for $10 a day and at City Creek Center.

Public Transportation
Salt Lake City offers several transportation options, making your travel to and from the Salt Palace Convention Center, Family History Library, and throughout downtown Salt Lake City fairly convenient. Visit for transportation options.

For those taking Trax, the Green or Blue line will get you to the Salt Palace. The closest stop to the Salt Palace is Temple Square (132 W. South Temple Street). For more information, visit

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

RootsMagic and Ancestry: Working Together at Last

The following is from RootsMagic.

Recently, the genealogy world was rocked with the news that Ancestry would be parting with their “Family Tree Maker” (FTM) genealogy software. Thousands of FTM users have since made the switch to RootsMagic. But the question everyone has been asking has been, “Will any other software be able to search and synchronize with Ancestry the same way that Family Tree Maker did?”
Today, we finally have an answer to that question- “Yes!” We’re pleased to announce that we have partnered with Ancestry to bring these features to RootsMagic in the near future.

What does this mean for you?

Search, Sync, Import
  1. Search – RootsMagic will be the only software besides FTM to search Ancestry’s extensive collections of historical records from around the world and let you download those records into your own file.
  2. Sync – RootsMagic will be the only software besides FTM to let you share data between your RootsMagic files on your computer with your personal Ancestry online trees. You’ll also be able to download people, events, and even pictures from Ancestry onto your computer through RootsMagic.
  3. Import – RootsMagic will be able to directly import your Family Tree Maker files, without having to go through an intermediate GEDCOM file, giving you the cleanest, most complete transfer of your data. RootsMagic will also be able to download your online trees from Ancestry.
Yes, this is big news and we’re sure you have many questions about it. 
Please visit for more information.

New Family Tree Maker™ Options

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Dear Family Tree Maker™ community,

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.


We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. You can find additional details about these Family Tree Maker partnerships on our blog. We also encourage you to continue to check back on our blog for future updates in the coming months.

RootsTech 2016 Starts Tomorrow!

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RootsTech 2016 Starts Tomorrow!
Can you believe it? We’re just one day away from RootsTech 2016! There will be so much more to inspire you to discover and celebrate your family and stories across generations.

RootsTech Keynote Speakers

This year’s event will be inspiring and entertaining thanks in part to the amazing lineup of speakers who will share their personal stories in the general session happening each morning at RootsTech.

Kicking off RootsTech at the opening general session on Thursday will be award-winning journalist and former NBC executive Paula Williams Madison. Paula will be sharing her inspiring journey to search for her grandfather Samuel Lowe, who returned to his native China after living in Jamaica. Following Paula will be bestselling author Bruce Feiler. Bruce will share his story of building a happy family and how telling your family history is an important foundational tool. We will also hear from President and CEO of FamilySearch International, Stephen Rockwood, as he shares an inspiring vision for the future of FamilySearch and the industry.

On Friday, attendees will have a chance to hear from popular lifestyle bloggers Josh and Naomi Davis (of the Love Taza website), whom, through their website, celebrate family, home, and the simple joys of life. Following Josh and Naomi Davis will be David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories.

On the final day of RootsTech, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael Leavitt and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will take the stage. Doris will share memories of the lifelong influence of her parents, who taught her the joy of books and the joy of baseball. Mike will share stories from his time in George W. Bush’s cabinet and as governor of Utah.

Don’t miss these inspiring keynote speakers. Be inspired to discover and connect your family and stories across generations.

RootsTech Events

RootsTech 2016 will include thrilling and entertaining musical and cultural events.

Thursday, February 3, 2016
RootsTech Opening SocialSponsored by
RootsTech Opening Social
Hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world, Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band will take center stage at the RootsTech Opening Social event to thrill and entertain you and thousands of other RootsTech attendees. Joining the Crescent Super Band on stage will be soul singer Ryan Innes. This musical event is free for all RootsTech attendees. Be sure to join us as we kick off the largest family history event in the world.
The RootsTech opening social event will be held on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Hall D.

Friday, February 5, 2016
RootsTech Innovator Showdown
RootsTech Innovator Showdown
Innovators take the stage and battle for the prize as they showcase the latest cutting edge technology in family history. Come help shape the future of the industry by deciding the winner with your live audience vote! This is an event with contestants, judges, demos, tough questions, and $100,000 in prizes. The show will be held in Hall D (RootsTech keynote room) right after the keynote on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the RootsTech Innovator Showdown.
Celebrate Your Heritage (Cultural Night)Sponsored by Pictureline
Come visit the Expo Hall for an exclusive world party. Sights, sounds, and dancing from around the world will be highlighted as groups of performers showcase the world’s cultures. The Expo Hall will have extended hours for this entertaining trip around the world. That gives you more time to roam the hall, packed with hundreds of interactive booths showing the latest in discovering and connecting your family.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
RootsTech Closing EventSponsored by FamilySearch
RootsTech Closing Event
Join us on Saturday, February 6, at the RootsTech closing event featuring Lower Lights on the big stage. The Lower Lights’ sound has been described as bluegrass, folk, gospel, Americana, and “roots-y.” In the five years since its inception, the group has recorded three gospel and two Christmas albums. Audiences are often invited to participate in their concerts.
This will be the perfect ending to an incredibly successful and inspiring conference. The Closing Event starts at 5:30 p.m. in Hall D. Space will be limited, so make sure you’re seated at least 15 minutes before the start of the show.

RootsTech Innovator Summit
RootsTech Innovator Summit
If you want to change the future of family history, or have an idea that can transform how we celebrate and honor our family, then the innovator summit is for you. Developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the country will come together on Wednesday, February 3, to collaborate and share insight.
It’s a unique one-day chance to help dreams become reality. Ken Krogue, tech entrepreneur and co-founder of, will keynote at the Innovator Summit General Session starting at 9 a.m. The Innovator Summit will also include a full day of classes on Wednesday, the Innovator Summit Networking Social and a hackathon at the end of the day.
An innovator summit pass is required to attend. For event information and registration, visit

Conference Reminders and Information
Onsite Check-in

Conference check-in will take place at the registration area in the south lobby of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Upon check-in, you will receive your badge, any add-on tickets previously purchased, a conference guide, and other essential conference materials. A photo ID is required. To avoid the long lines, come at your earliest convenience.
Conference registration will be open during the following times:
Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Event Parking
There are two convenient underground parking garages available at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Parking is $12–18 per day. There are several less expensive parking lots in downtown Salt Lake City within easy walking distance. The parking lot just north of South Temple Street, between 200 West and 300 West, charges $3–$5 per day. Additional parking is available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for $10 a day and at City Creek Center.
Public Transportation
Salt Lake City offers several transportation options, making your travel to and from the Salt Palace Convention Center, Family History Library, and throughout downtown Salt Lake City fairly convenient. Visit for transportation options.
For those taking Trax, the Green or Blue line will get you to the Salt Palace. The closest stop to the Salt Palace is Temple Square (132 W. South Temple Street). For more information, visit

ISGS February 2016 Webinar - Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Title:  Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies

DateTuesday, February 9, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Benevolent societies had a major impact on the social fabric of African American communities. This session explores several groups that impacted black families in multiple states. Most of the organizations of the late 19th century and 20th century are long gone, but their stories lie buried in cemeteries throughout the nation and a rich community history can be discovered by knowing how to recognize them in African American cemeteries throughout the nation.

Presenter: Anglea Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as an author, genealogist, podcaster and blogger. She hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast devoted to African American genealogy news, methods and events, and is also one of the founding members of, the oldest online website community for African American genealogy.

Ms. Walton-Raji hosts 3 genealogy blogs, and is moderator of an ongoing genealogy message board devoted to Native American genealogy. She also authored the book “Black Indian Genealogy Research” first published in 1993 and revised in 2007 This book is the first and only book that addresses the documentation of African-Americans with ties to Native Americans within the family structure. She is also active on social media from Facebook to Twitter and hosts a YouTube channel, African Roots TV.

For over a decade she was a featured speaker at a number of Smithsonian events, and she is the only genealogist in the nation to present regular genealogy lectures at the National Museum of the American Indian in both Washington DC, and New York facilities. She was awarded the honor of presenting a special series of genealogy lectures to coincide with the Smithsonian Exhibition IndiVisible that has been traveling throughout the nation.

Ms. Walton-Raji holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from St. Louis University, and a Master of Education from Antioch University. She is an alumnus of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, and Samford Genealogy Institute, and has served as a faculty member at both Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.


Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on February 9th, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at for more information.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at

The 2016 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (

Access the Black History Records Free on Fold3

The following is from Fold3.

Black History Month

Access the Black History Records

In honor of Black History Month, Fold3 is making the records in its Black History collection available for free through the end of February.

Whether you’re looking for your ancestors or doing broader research, the Black History collection gives you access to more than a million documents, records, and photos that help to capture the African-American experience during five eras of American history.
Examples of interesting finds in the Black History collection include:
  • letter from Thomas Jefferson to the governor of Georgia about slaves running away to Florida
  • An 1810 inventory for the estate of Joseph Morton, a “free black man”
  • An 1827 inventory for the estate of Thomas Drayton that lists his 160 slaves by family group
  • Civil War—era photograph of black laborers
  • The service record of Christian A. Fleetwood of the US Colored Infantry, who earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War
  • Documents relating to the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery
  • photograph of 3 members of the original black fighter squadron in WWII
  • photograph of President Eisenhower meeting with civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr.
Get started searching Fold3’s Black History records here. Or look for individual collections by name here.

You can also check out two interesting posts about Martin Luther King, Jr., over on the blog: "The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.," and "Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

Visit Fold3's Black History CollectionExplore now »