Friday, August 28, 2015

Mesa FamilySearch Library 2015 Family History Conference

Received great news this week:

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library 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.  The Library may be closed, but family history work goes on!

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.

Registration will begin online on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli. Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  See you in October! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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:   (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).

        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.