Monday, September 28, 2015

Mesa FamilySearch Assistance Available

The Mesa FamilySearch Library is currently open, Mondays only, from 9am to 5pm, to assist patrons. There are computers for patron use and volunteers there to assist the patrons with their research. 

They are using the Family Search Training Center, at 464 E. 1st Ave. (the corner of LuSueur and 1st Ave.). 

I visited them today and there were 5 to 6 volunteers there helping patrons. Microfilm readers are NOT available.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

FamilySearch Search Records Feature

Apparently I have been half asleep while using I noticed today that they are showing Search Records links on the individual record page. 

Click on FamilySearch it automatically opens a new tab with the Search Records results. 

Click on the respective partner site and it opens it up and passes the information, showing the results in a new tab.

I wonder how long this has been available.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Relationship Chart

Below is a chart by Alice J. Ramsay showing the relationships between individuals on your tree. There are a number of these floating around the web, but I prefer this one from most. 

You can see a full copy of this, and download a pdf version, at

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Microfilm Orders without the Mesa FamilySearch Library

With the indefinite closure of the Mesa FamilySearch Library, a number of individuals  have asked where they can read microfilm they need to order from Salt Lake City. In Arizona there are 48 FamilySearch centers or affiliate libraries listed by

Below is a list of all 48. I have created a spreadsheet that lists each with its corresponding address, hours, and contact information, as well as the URL for the each Center's wiki site. You can download that sheet here. I will keep this up-to-date as more information is available and is verified. The link will be on the right-hand side of my blog page. 

At this point, I have not attempted to verify any of the information contained on their webpages, so you should contact them before ordering. You can search for a Center at this link, but you will need an account to access it. 

Also, Googling any of the Centers below will provide a direct link to their wiki page. 

Ajo Arizona Family History Center
Bagdad Arizona Family History Center
Bisbee Arizona Family History Center
Buckeye Arizona Family History Center
Casa Grande Arizona Family History Center
Chandler Arizona Alma Family History Center
Clifton Arizona Family History Center
Cottonwood Arizona Family History Center
Douglas Arizona Family History Center
Duncan Arizona Family History Center
Eagar Arizona Family History Center
Flagstaff Arizona Family History Center
Glendale Arizona Family History Center
Globe Arizona Family History Center
Holbrook Arizona Family History Center
Kingman Arizona Family History Center
Lake Havasu City Arizona Family History Center
Maricopa Arizona Family History Center
McClelland Irish Library
Nogales Arizona Family History Center
Page Arizona Family History Center
Paradise Valley Arizona Family History Center
Parker Arizona Family History Center
Payson Arizona Family History Center
Peoria Arizona Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona Deer Valley Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona Hispanic Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona North Family History Center
Prescott Arizona Family History Center
Quartzsite Arizona Family History Center
Safford-Thatcher Arizona Family History Center
Sahuarita Arizona Family History Center
San Manuel 1st Arizona Family History Center
Scottsdale Arizona Camelback Family History Center
Scottsdale Arizona North Family History Center
Show Low Arizona Family History Center
Sierra Vista Arizona Family History Center
Snowflake Arizona Family History Center
Spring Valley Arizona Family History Center
St Johns Arizona Family History Center
Tuba City Arizona Family History Center
Tucson Arizona Family History Center
Tucson Arizona West Family History Center
Window Rock Arizona Family History Center
Winslow Arizona Family History Center
Woodruff Arizona Family History Center
Yuma Arizona Family History Center

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rootstech 2016 Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for RootsTech, the largest family history and technology conference in the world. Happening February 3–6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah,

RootsTech 2016 will inspire you to discover, preserve, and share your family connections across generations—past, present, and future.

For a limited time, the full RootsTech conference pass is available at a discounted price of $149*. Regularly priced at $249, that’s a $100 savings!

Check it out here:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Arizona Genealogical Library Update

Update received this afternoon:

Arizona State Library,
Archives & Public Records
A division of the Secretary of State

Joan Clark, State Librarian & Director

State Library, FamilySearch partner to make genealogy records accessible

PHOENIX - Today, Arizona has joined 35 other states in making the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records genealogy resources available online via, the website for FamilySearch International, a nationally recognized nonprofit family history organization, to make more genealogy research material available online for statewide access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The initiative will make thousands of historical books of genealogical importance freely accessible online for family history researchers worldwide.
The State Library and Archives also becomes an affiliate organization of FamilySearch, a designation which will give Arizonans greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources.
"We are constantly looking for ways to provide access to information through technology," said Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose office oversees the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. "The partnership with FamilySearch allows us to provide access to genealogy research internationally, helping those who cannot afford to travel access the information they need."
FamilySearch is providing scanning and digital hosting services for 5,000 books at no cost to the state. In return, FamilySearch will make the digital images of the books freely available online for research globally. Once scanning is complete, the original copies of the books will return to Arizona. Scanning is expected to take about six months to complete.
Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch International, said, "We are happy to join with the Arizona State Library and Archives to digitally preserve and make some of their historical book collections more accessible to their patrons worldwide.  Each of the books contains countless rich stories about ancestors that are just waiting to be more readily discovered and told.  We are excited to help patrons begin making those connections through this project."
"We'd like to thank all of the volunteers from the genealogy community including the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board, West Valley Genealogical Society, the Irish Cultural Center and the Family History Society of Arizona who generously volunteered their time," said State Librarian Joan Clark. "With the support and solutions provided by these organizations, we have been able to process the collection in an efficient manner.
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the genealogy community in Arizona," Clark continued, "and to providing access via the internet or in-person at the Arizona State Archives in Phoenix."
In addition to the materials that can be accessed through FamilySearch, researchers will be able to use other genealogy resources at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. There, they will find recent genealogy books, databases, the Arizona Collection, maps, state publications and documents, and other archival collections.
Some duplicate materials from the genealogy collection have been transferred to the Irish Cultural Center and West Valley Genealogical Society.
The reading room at the Arizona State Archives is open Monday through Friday9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For prompt service, please call ahead to 602-926-3720.
About the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, helps Arizonans know and obtain information about their government, their state and their world. We provide expertise to empower informed decisions.
About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,800 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Mesa FamilySearch Library 2015 Family History Conference - Update

Don't forget that registration for the 2015 Family History Conference, sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library, starts this Wednesday, Sept 9.

Class offerings and registration can be found at:

The conference will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Todd Powell of FamilySearch.  Mr. Powell is a Senior Product Manager for the FamilyTree Department at He graduated from BYU and has over 25 years working in technology and business leadership.  Todd is a native of Phoenix and the Gila Valley and enjoys visiting extended family in Arizona.

This year’s theme is “Putting It All Together” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.

At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli. Otherwise, the conference is free.