Thursday, January 31, 2013

Genealogy Fair

Check out the Southeast Regional Library for an amazing Genealogy Fair on Saturday, February 9! Learn how to discover your own personal history and learn about the people in your family tree! A continental breakfast will be available compliments of the Southeast Regional Friends of the Library. Enjoy a free day of learning about a variety of genealogy subjects from Valley experts. Attend one or several workshops to learn how to sharpen your research skills for documenting family history.

The event will be held from 9am to 4pm.

09:00 - 10:00am - Valley Genealogy Societies and Organizations Meet and Greet
10:15 - 11:15am - DNA Testing & Genealogy or Discovering Your German-Russian Roots
11:30 - 12:30pm - Writing Your Family History or Immigration & Naturalizaton
12:30 - 01:30pm - Lunch
01:45 - 02:45pm - Arizona State Library Resources or Arizona Historical Society Resources
03:00 - 04:00pm - Q&A Panel: Getting Around Obstacles

Click here to see the class schedule and register for classes. Also check for this and other great events.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

FHExpo Presentation

For those of you who attended my session today on Facebook and Genealogy, thank you.

You can download the Handout and Slides by clicking on the links.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Arizona FHEXPO

A great afternoon at the expo. Attended a great session on researching Canadian census records by Kathryn Lake Hogan. During the lecture she mentioned the free Canadian Census site,  While this site does not include the 1871 or 1881 census, it prompted me to once again check the records for my Great Grandfather, Arthur Patterson, born abt 1867 in New Brunswick on Sure enough, there he was in the 1871  census, 4 years old, with his large family.

His record has evaded me for years, one more wall down...

Great day, thank you Kathryn for your presentation.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Families App

Families Forums

If you are a Legacy user you will want to take a look at the Families App from Telgen. Available for Android devices, iPhones, and iPads.

I have been using this for over a year and have been very happy with it. It gives me all the functionality I need on my phone and tablet.

The Families app includes the ability for:

  • Multiple family files
  • New family files can be created from scratch
  • Family View, Pedigree View, Descendant View and Timeline
  • Index, searchable by Given Name, Surname or RIN
  • Events
  • To Do Lists
  • Master and Detail Sources
  • Locations and Addresses, with geolocation via Google Maps
  • Alternate Names
  • Pictures, including the ability to add pictures from camera or photo album
  • Bookmarks
  • Portrait and Landscape mode on all views
  • Full screen support on the iPad
  • Legacy file versions 6 and 7 are supported
The website states that for Android devices you must have a USB connection, but that is no longer true. An update quite awhile ago fixed that and the wireless sync works great. A companion program on the PC is required. 

It also includes a sample family file for your use.

The cost ($14.99) is a little steep for an App, but has been well worth it, given the full access it gives me to my Legacy data.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 Arizona Family History Expo

This is the tenth anniversary for Family History Expos, and it is kicking off here in Mesa. This year's theme is "Top 10 Techniques: Fishing for Ancestors and Other Persons of Interest."

The Expo will be held Friday and Saturday, January 18-19, 2013, at the Mesa Convention Center. Exhibits will open at noon on Friday. Registration will also begin at noon, and the last class on Friday will be offered at 7:20pm. On Saturday, registration and exhibits open at 9:00am, event closes at 4:00pm.

Register for the event at to receive access to online class handouts in advance. Note: Online class handouts are available only to those who register online.

Registration costs:

Registration Fee - $79
Friday Only - $55
Saturday Only - $55
At the Door - $99
Exhibits - Free

If you are attending make sure you drop into the Facebook class at 1:30 on Saturday. It will be my first full presentation at an Expo.

See you there.