Saturday, August 30, 2014

Free Access to FamilySearch Partners

As most have heard, members of The Church of Latter-day Saints now have free access to Ancestry.com, find my past, and MyHeritage. While plenty of  people have posted about this, I still get a lot of people wondering how they can get access.

First, you will need an LDS.org account, which if you do not already have, you can create by clicking here:

Once you have that account setup, click on the link below:



This is now available to all members as well as youth ages 13-17, at no cost.  Additional information can be found on the FamilySearch Blog


Friday, August 29, 2014

Rootstech 2015



Registration opened today. Register early and get the discounted rate. If you plan on attending any of the labs now is a good time to get into them. If the past is any indication, they fill up fast. 

Also, for an additional $39 you can have full access to all the classes being offered at the FGS Conference that is being held in conjunction with Rootstech. 

When registering, click on the orange box and get the list of paid options. Make sure you check both if you want the FGS option added. I missed that and had to contact Rootstech to get properly registered. 

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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

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2014 Family History Conference
“Putting the Puzzle Together” 

Family history is the ultimate puzzle!
We are always looking for the pieces that fit...one 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 mesafsl.org 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 FamilySearch.org, 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

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.