Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Given Up on Android Phones

Ancestry.com updated the Find A Grave app for iOS devices yesterday to 1.1. Still no Android app. This is one of the reasons I finally jumped the Android phone ship last week.  I am now an iPhone 5S owner. 

Really happy about it, no not really.  But I have work to do and I have gotten tired of waiting for my Android phone to get updates to critical applications, and in some cases, just the application itself. 

I still have my Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and will continue using it. It is great. But as for my phone, I actually sent back the Galaxy S5 and purchased the iPhone.  

At least I will not have to keep borrowing my wife's phone so I can complete my presentations.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Legacy Family Tree User Group Meeting

Members of the East Valley Chapter,Family History Society of Arizona, have started a new Legacy User Group (LUG) in Mesa, AZ.  

We are meeting the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, at the LDS Chapel at 1415 E. Southern Ave

Meetings are 60 to 90 minutes depending on the topic and questions. We meet on the west side of the building, enter through the southwest doors.

This month we will be continuing our discussion how creating sources using Legacy 8. 

So, bring your laptop and questions and share your challenges.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Second Annual Genealogy Fair

Genealogy Fair 

The Southeast Regional Maricopa County Library is sponsoring a Genealogy Fair on Saturday, March 1. The Fair will run from 8:15am to 2:30pm.

For more information check their website here.

This is a free event, and all workshops are filled on a first come basis.

The library is at 775 N. Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234, on the southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe. (map)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Native American Nations


Interesting information, especially that 150 of the 595 tribes are now considered extinct. The artical can be found at This Land Press.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Census Forms

We had a short discussion last night, at the monthly meeting of the East Valley Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona, about the availability of Excel forms for Census information. I had mentioned that I use, and like, the spreadsheets created by Gary Minder at CensusTools. I find his material well worth the $15 he is asking, only $13 for a download version.

A quick search around the web found:

Census Tools
  • The U.S. Federal spreadsheet collection includes worksheets for each census year from 1790-1940 and several U.S. special census records. Complimenting the Federal spreadsheet files are the 1850-1860 Slave Schedules, 1850-1880 Mortality Schedules, 1883 List of Pensioners, the 1890 Surviving Veterans and Widows Schedule and Dawes Roll.
  • State spreadsheets for Iowa 1836-1925, Kansas 1865-1925, Massachusetts 1855-1865, Minnesota 1849-1895, New Jersey 1855-1915, New York 1825-1925, Rhode Island 1865-1935 and Wisconsin 1836-1905. Each set collection features the main spreadsheet as well as a Tracker and Checklist.
  • Spreadsheets for Canada 1851-1901, England 1841-1901, Ireland 1821-1911 and Scotland 1841-1891
  • A cemetery data spreadsheet, passenger manifest spreadsheet, Research log, and Family Group Reports. 
USGenWeb Census Project

Excel or MSWorks template-files for the census years
               1790 through 1940 (except for the 1890-Population Schedule)
               1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules
               1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Mortality Schedules
               1890 Veteran's Schedule
               1900 and 1910 Indian Population Schedules

USGenWeb Free Census Project

All Federal Census

In addition, several sites have blank forms that can be downloaded:




Family Tree Magazine

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hangout Infographic

This is a great infographic on how to use Google Hangouts. Thanks to George Sepich, georgesepich.com, for the work on it.

How To Start A Hangout

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Puzzila.org Brings Beauty to Descendancy Charts

Above is a three generation descendancy chart for my 3rd Great-Grandfather, Nathaniel Stewart, 1807-1869.

Produced at Puzzila.org using FamilySearch FamilyTree as the source of information. This is a great way to view descendancy, much like a fan chart, giving you a quick look at the whole. They do limit the number of generations to 7 due to the shear volume of descendants that generates.

Limitations include currently the inability to display children of single-parent families. Also, information on the living is limited to the security imposed by FamilyTree.