Monday, June 6, 2016

Legacy Family Tree User Group Meeting

Interested in saving your family history on your computer and don't know which software to use? 

Come join us for our monthly Legacy Family Tree User Group meeting on Thursday, June 8th, at 6pm. We meet at the LDS Church building at 1415 E. Southern Ave, in Mesa. Come in the back door on the south side of the building. 

Questions? Give me a call at 480-220-7391, hope to see you there. 


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Legacy Family Tree Update

There is a new update available today,, you can download it here. If you have not checked Legacy out yet, give it a try.

The update adds or updates 198 Research Guidance references in addition to other updates. Below is a listing of the Research Guidance updates:


Alabama, Civil Appointments, 1818-1939
Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1942
Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999
Arizona, School Census Records, 1910 - 1917
Arizona, Voter Registrations, 1874-1932
Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1818-1998
Australia, Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists, 1852-1924
Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913
Belgium Brabant Civil Registration 1582-1914
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913
Belgium Lie`ge Civil Registration 1621-1914
Belgium West Flanders Civil Registration 1582-1910
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014
Britain, Directories & Almanacs
British Newspapers 1710-1953
British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936
California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997
California, Mortuary Records of Chinese Decedents, 1870-1933
California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959
California, Wills and Probate Records, 1850-1953
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Birth Index, 1852 - 1855, 1893 - 1906
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Tax Discount Index, 1740-1865
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904
Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Crestleaf (repository)
Crestleaf (trees)
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953
Daviess County, Missouri, Marriage Index, 1836-1856
Delaware, Wills and Probate Records, 1676-1971
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928
District of Columbia, Select Deaths and Burials Index, 1769-1960
Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921
England Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers 1538-2010
FamilyTreeNow (repository)
FamilyTreeNow (trees)
Find A Grave Index
Fold3 (repository)
Geneanet (repository)
Geneanet (trees)
Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992
Global, Gravestone Photograph Index, 1265-2014
Grant County, Indiana Birth Index, 1882-1981
Gravestone Photographic Resource (repository)
Hancock County, Maine, Cemetery Index, 1825-1970
Hawaii Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu 1946
Hibbing, Minnesota, High School Indexes, 1919-2001
Hopewell, Virginia, Friends Memberships, 1759-1776
Illinois Church Marriages 1805-1985
Illinois Civil Marriages 1833-1889
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934
Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985
Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889
Illinois, Compiled Records from Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society, 1811-1990
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007
Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993
Iowa, Church and Civil Marriages, 1837-1989
Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996
Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997
Ireland, Irish Revenue Police 1830-1857
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions 1826-1925
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Births
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Congregational Records
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Deaths
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Marriages
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Migration Records
Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) School Records
Irish Newspapers 1700-1999
Japan Genealogies 850-2012
Japan Village Records 709-1982
Kent, Bromley Absent Voters List 1918
Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
Lesotho, Evangelical Church Records, 1874-1983
Louisiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1756-1984
Maryland Church Records 1668-1995
Maryland Piney Point Crew Lists 1950-1956
Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961
Mercer County, Kentucky Marriage Records, 1800-1830
Michigan County Marriages Index 1820-1937
Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937
Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950
Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952
Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952
Middlesex (England) Baptisms 1543-1876
Minnesota, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919
Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874
Missouri, Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988
National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914
New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982
New Jersey Church Records 1675-1970
New Jersey State Census 1865
New Jersey, Births, 1670-1980
New Jersey, Church Records, 1675-1970
New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988
New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980
New Jersey, State Census, 1855
New Jersey, State Census, 1865
New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1739-1991
New York New York Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists 1887-1921
New York State Religious Records 1716-1914
New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999
North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868
North Carolina, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1958-1963
North Dakota and South Dakota, Wills and Probate Records, 1878-1928
North Dakota, Select Funeral Home Indexes, 1903-1997
Ohio Marriages 1800-1942
Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936
Peru Junín Civil Registration 1881-2005
Prussia (and alternate spellings) added as AKAs to Germany and Poland so that more sources would be picked up
Queensland Births 1829-1919
Queensland Marriages 1829-1939
Red River Valley Genealogical Society (repository)
Rhode Island Cemeteries, 1647-present
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission (repository)
South Carolina Georgetown Passenger Lists 1904-1942
South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955
South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013
South Dakota, State Census, 1945
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956
Suffolk Marriage Index
Tacoma Public Library (repository)
Tacoma, Washington, Obituary Index, 1882-2014
Tacoma, Washington, Obituary Index, 1882-2015
Tennessee Church Marriages, 1810-1965
Tennessee Civil Marriages 1838-1888
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910
Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965
U.S., Biographical Cyclopedia of American Women
U.S., Homestead Records, 1861-1936
U.S., Newspaper Birth Index, 2005-2015
United States Freedmen's Bureau Marriages 1861-1872
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815
Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914
Utah, Sons of Utah Pioneers, Companies Index, 1846-1868
Utah, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1985
Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005
Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999
Virginia Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels 1946-1957
War of 1812 - Pension Files
Washington, Wills and Probate Records, 1851-1970
West Virginia, Births Index, 1804-1938
West Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1985
Western Australia Birth Index
Western Australia Death Index
Western Australia Marriage Index
Worcestershire (England) Baptisms
Worcestershire (England) Burials
Worcestershire (England) Marriages@

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together

Don't forget that it’s time to register for the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library‘s Family History Conference in Peoria on Saturday, March 12.  

This is the first conference outside of the East Valley and it will be held at the Peoria North LDS Stake Center at 22034 North 83rd Avenue.  

Free classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.  

Lunches may be purchased.  Register online now at  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview - part 4 of 4

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview IV

StoryWorth (
After signing up, you invite others to tell their own stories. You select story prompts, with questions you would not have thought to ask, or write your own. Each week, your storyteller will be emailed one of the questions. Collecting these stories creates a private record of family memories. You can keep them on the site, or publish them in a book.
Cost: Annual $39 for own stories, $79 for up to 6 storytellers, $119 for up to 15 storytellers.

mycanvas (
Create photo books, collages, calendars, books, and posters. A number of tutorials are available.
Cost: Variable

The History Project (
The History Project lets you preserve history by creating personal timelines. Each timeline is called a Project.
Events are the moments that make up your project. Events contain images, audio, video, and text documents known as Artifacts.
Upload artifacts from your computer, record audio directly on The History Project site, or import files from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and elsewhere on the web. Each Artifact can contain a voice note , a description , location information , and tags .
You don’t have to make history alone. Invite friends to work on your project by clicking on the project then clicking invite collaborators.
Give Collaborators the ability to add Artifacts, Events, or both. It’s up to you.
Cost: Free, services available for a fee

The Family History Guide (
The Family History Guide is a free website with three basic purposes: 1) It gets people started with family history, helping them overcome the learning curve; 2) It provides Goals, Choices, Steps, and Resources for the learner in a sound instructional design, with opportunities to explore research around the world; and 3) It provides free training materials so instructors can implement effective training for groups, classes, and individuals.

Cost: Free

Monday, February 29, 2016

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview III

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview - part 3 of 4

Twile (
Build an online timeline of  your family history. Add milestones such as birth, marriage and death, add photos of your ancestors and your living relatives, share with your family to let them explore their ancestry. Quickly add family members and ancestors, invite family to view the tree and the timeline, click on anyone to see the timeline of their life.

Totally private - choose who can access your timeline.
Cost: Free

JRNL builds tools that will define the way people keep journals and the way families and friends collaborate to create a full record of life and meaningful events. As one journal that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, JRNL allows users to write, collect, share and print meaningful data that can be preserved for future generations. Journaling cues are available as well as
Cost: Journaling is free, costs for printing hardcopy books.

Ancestorcloud (
AncestorCloud is a community that connects family researchers with willing helpers and professional genealogists.

Connect with helpers to pick up records, take local photographs, translate documents, help with research questions or conduct custom research.
Cost: Viewing and posting requests are free.

rootstrust (
rootstrust is an advanced data-management system programmed in Java to run equally well in the Windows, Mac OS, and Linux environments. It includes a separate database, which can be synced with the Cloud. The rootstrust system can be installed on your PC or be run with your database from a USB stick for maximum intersystem portability.
Cost: $45

Famicity (
Famicity allows you to preserve and enhance your family legacy, from your roots to your future. First, a member can create his family tree (step by step or via a Gedcom import), and invite his family members. Then, the family members will join him on the website and start gathering all the stories, albums or pictures they hold. Every profile on the tree has his own diary and can be enriched by any member of the family. But still, all this content is only shared with the people you let in. Famicity is not just about ancestors. Everyone can write, share, and preserve his own story. The goal is to create, all together, an amazing tool that will be used to keep and transmit family memories.
Cost: Free

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview II

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview - part 2 of 4

Just realized I cut off the end of the Puzzilla note, so here it is again. 

Puzzilla (
The Puzzilla Descendants Viewer is a combination of free basic services plus subscription premium services that help researchers see descendants in FamilyTree using compact symbols that reveal patterns of incomplete research and other work in collateral-lines. Names and details appear as you move the pointer over the symbols. Premium Services, available by subscription, provide hints, sources, possible duplicates, incomplete ordinances, search and other functions to help evaluate the quality of the research in the tree and add evidence to make it stronger.

The Puzzilla name refers to finding and assembling pieces of a puzzle to complete the whole picture, the essence of the genealogical research process.
Cost: free, plus premium services $39.95 annual

Forever (
Forever offers you one home for all your stories and special moments. It makes it incredibly easy to store, organize, share and print your family photos for generations. Know they will always be safe and sound thanks to the Forever Guarantee.
Cost: starts at $5 per month for 10GB storage (about 2,500 photos)

E-Z Photo Scan (
Photo and slide scanning service. Purchase scanners, service, or rent a scanner for 3 to 7 days. 

Shotbox (
A portable photo studio that provides backdrops and great lighting for family history artifacts, online selling, etc. 

TapGenes (
TapGenes helps you crowdsource your family's health information, helping you understand the thread that ties your family's health together. 

Not just physical traits and natural abilities, but valuable health information to preserve for future generations. TapGenes offers you the convenience of keeping all your family health history in one safe and secure place.

In our digital age, we think paper seems so antiquated. So we’ve excelled at creating an easy-to-understand Family Health Tree where all that ‘runs in your family’ is recorded.
Cost: free for basic account, future premium benefits.

Studio by Legacy Republic (
Studio by Legacy Republic will be available exclusively through qualified Legacy Makers - our consultants who help their communities digitize and preserve their photo and video memories for generations to come.

We are on a mission to help 90 million families preserve and share their memories. With an estimated 800 million photo albums and scrapbooks that need to be digitized, this is a $56 billion problem and a unique opportunity to build a meaningful business.

3D Laser scanning and self-adjusting LED lights, high resolution digital images, true to life clarity, powered by an iPhone, it can be set it up anywhere.

Based on the host party model, think Pampered Chef, this device cannot be purchased directly. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview

Last week I received a phone call asking me if I could do a presentation that evening, at our local chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona, on my recent Rootstech trip. Given the short timeline I did not have time to put together a fancy presentation, but chose to go over several of the exhibitors that left an impression on me. I followed up the presentation with a four page handout listing each of the exhibitors and websites I mentioned. Below is that information. I will post each page as a separate post, this is page 1 of 4.

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview

Below, in no particular order are interesting exhibitors and websites from Rootstech 2016. This is by no means an exhaustive list, there were over 300 vendors. The descriptions are taken from the respective sites, and costs are as of 23 Feb 2016. 

Rootstech 2016 Video Archive (

2016 Family Discover Day Video Archive (

Innovator Summit (
List of 12 semi-finalists, their product sites and demonstrations. ( tells you which books, magazines, and online resources mention the vessels you're researching. With 153,649 entries in the free database and 3,078,690 entries available with premium access, you're bound to find useful information here.
Cost: $8 per month, $65 annual

Mooseroots (
MooseRoots combines historical records with relevant supporting information to provide unique insights into your family's past. Allows you to copy active graphs to your blog or articles.
Cost: Free

HistoryLines (
Using your tree from either a GEDCOM import or FamilySearch, it constructs a story of your ancestor’s lives using historical facts. 
Cost:  $59 annual

ResearchTies (
Think of a research log on steroids. 
Research Planning: ResearchTies allows users to formulate and record a research objective, along with the sources to search in order to meet that objective. Users can then search their log for "to do" items in a variety of ways. Work your plan and conduct effective research to achieve your goal.
Recording Results: Use ResearchTies' many features to speed up the recording of your research and spend more time actually using the records. Auto-filled fields, rapid data selection, and "ditto down" arrows all provide extremely efficient data entry.
Document Analysis: Use ResearchTies' powerful search engine to locate any document(s) instantly, and click on hyperlinked images to analyze and correlate research results. Stop wasting time searching through paper logs and lengthy spreadsheets. 
Cost: $30 annual

Puzzilla (

The Puzzilla Descendants Viewer is a combination of free basic services plus subscription premium services that help researchers see descendants in FamilyTree using compact symbols that reveal patterns of incomplete research and other work in collateral-lines. Names and details appear as you move the pointer over the symbols. Premium Services, available by subscription, provide hints, sources, possible duplicates, incomplete ordinances, search and other functions to help evaluate the quality of the research in the tree and add evidence to make it stronger.