Sunday, April 5, 2015

BillionGraves Eagle Project

A young man I know is doing an Eagle project for BillionGraves.

This is the letter he sent out. If you would like to help I am sure he would appreciate it.

Dear Family and Friends,

        As you may have heard, I am working on my Eagle Scout Service Project.  I am requesting volunteers to help me.

        My project is for the genealogy website Billion Graves.  I am organizing volunteers to index information from gravestones.  The pictures and place to do the indexing is all on the Billion Graves website.  Billion Graves is a partner site to Family Search.  If you would be willing to help me, please log into the website under my account.  I would appreciate it if you could do a 1/2 to an hour of indexing.  After you are done, if you would reply back to me with the amount of time spent so I can include it in my report.  I sincerely appreciate all the help and support from my family.

        Here is a link to the website:  http://billiongraves.com/index.php   (or you can simply google: Billion Graves)

        Once on the website, click the Login button (top right).

        It will ask for Email and Password.  So that it gets credit to my project, please use my email and password (even if you have your own Billion Graves account).

        Email: weseagleproject@gmail.com
        Password: weseagle

        Once you login, you should see the "dashboard" screen.  Choose the tab: Transcribe.  A picture of a gravestone will load.  You simply insert the information that you can see from the gravestone.  If it is a bad picture or the gravestone is not readable, you can skip the gravestone and go to the next one.  There are hundreds of thousands to index, so there are many to choose from.  If there are more than one person list on the gravestone, click the add a person icon (middle left).  If there is military information, there is a button to click to add that information including a button to include a faith emblem (such as a cross).  Under Advanced Option, you can add other information from the marker such as maiden names, marriage dates.  There is a note icon (middle right) to add notes.  (There is also a button to click if there are other family members, such as brothers and sisters listed, who are not buried there.  Back on the main dashboard there is a tutorial and other information available if you need further assistance, or you can contact me and I will answer any questions you have.)

When you are done, simply hit save, and a new grave stone will appear.  When you are completely done, please logout.

My goal is to get 5000 names indexed during the month of April, so all the help that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your love and support.

Wesley Hendricks

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FHSA Annual Meeting and Lisa Alzo

Lisa Alzo

Family History Society of Arizona
Annual Meeting and
Genealogical Seminar with Lisa Alzo
Saturday March 7, 2015
Fountain Hills Community Center
13001 N. La Montana Dr. Fountain Hills, Az. 85268

Special Friday Evening Session, March 6, 2015
Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.,Scottsdale, Az.

For more information and to register, click here

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library - Update

The Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library sent out an update today on their facebook page:

Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library - Construction challenges continue to delay the reopening of the Library. The Directors meet regularly with the architects and construction foremen. When a firm reopening date has been provided, we will announce it immediately. We appreciate your patience and promise the upgrades will be worth the wait and will enhance your family history experiences.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Legacy Family Tree Meeting

The East Valley Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona (FHSA) sponsors a monthly Legacy Family Tree User Group every month. Our next meeting will be this Thursday (Jan 8th), at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the LDS chapel at 1415 E. Southern Ave, enter through the southwest doors. 

We will be having a workshop this month working on our our files and problems together.

So bring your laptop and spend some time getting better acquainted with Legacy.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mesa Family Search Library

The constructions issues with the renovations have delayed the reopening until late February, hopefully. 

Below is the noticed issued this week:

As you may know, we are in the process of a total remodeling of the first floor of the Library with some minor changes on the second floor. We closed the Library on the 24th of  November with plans to reopen on the 5th of January, 2015. We have had some major complications that will delay our opening date. We are not certain at this time, but anticipate opening in late February. If you will call 480-964-1200, our Library phone number, we will include the new opening date in our message as soon as we have a firm date. We will also post it on the entry door of the Library as soon as we have the date.

Here is a link to the January newsletter

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Find A Grave App for Android Released

Just in time for Christmas, Ancestry has released version 1.0 of their Find A Grave App for Android.

Now Android users can easily search for cemeteries on a map or by name, find deceased relatives, create new memorials, add photos, and update GPS points. They will  also be able to edit their own bio and preferences, see and add to their virtual cemeteries, and find and fulfill photo requests from across the community.  

I have not done a side-by-side comparison with the iOS version since the Beta first came out, but it looks good.

Check out the Ancestry.com release for more information or go to the Google Play Store to check it out.