Thursday, August 21, 2014

Access to FamilySearch Records

On his blog, Genealogy's Star, this morning, James Tanner pointed out this video from FamilySearch. It is a great review of the access that FamilySearch provides to records and the reason why there are, at times, limitations.

Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Family History Conference


2014 Family History Conference
“Putting the Puzzle Together” 

Family history is the ultimate puzzle!
We are always looking for the pieces that piece at a time...

Registration has opened today for the 2014 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa AZ Family Search Library. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9am to 4:25pm. 

The keynote speaker will be Dennis Brimhall, the CEO of FamilySearch.

Go to their website to register or click on the tree above. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Legacy Family Tree User Group

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 (Aug 14), at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the LDS chapel at 1415 E. Southern Ave, enter through the southwest doors. 

We will be discussing reports and sourcing as well as providing assistance to those that need it.

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


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Relative Finder

Have you seen the new website, at least new to me, from the BYU Family History Technology Lab, Relative Finder?

Using the sites technology and the database at, it shows you your relationships to the world. Obviously an LDS site, it shows predefined groups such as Book of Mormon Witnesses, Current Apostles, Early LDS, Declaration (of Independence) Signers, etc. You can even create your own groups.

Interesting concept, now only if the FamilySearch database were accurate. Another reason, of many, to get the data cleaned up.

Check it out at Relative Finder, a FamilySearch account is required. .

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Given Up on Android Phones 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)