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.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Mesa Family Search Library Reopening Delayed

Notice received from the Mesa FSL this morning:

A construction problem at the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library will delay our scheduled January 5, 2015 reopening date.  The reopening date could be as late as the 3rd week of January.  As soon as we receive the new firm date, everyone will be notified.
Any patron films affected during this time will be adjusted so that all will receive the full 90-day rental.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lisa Alzo and the Family History Society of Arizona

Set aside Friday evening, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, for the 2015 Annual meeting of the Family History Society of Arizona.

This year, Lisa Alzo, will be our guest speaker. She will also host a Friday evening presentation at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale.

The Saturday event will be held at the Fountain Hills Community Center from 9am until 2pm.

Additional information will be available soon. Check back here, or check out the FHSA website at FHSA.org.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Web based Indexing Program Delayed

The FamilySearch Indexing Newsletter announced today:

"As we reviewed the feedback and prioritized the suggestions we received, it became clear that further improvements were needed. Based on this information, we have decided to delay the release of the new program to ensure it provides the best experience possible for you, our wonderful volunteers."

This is too bad, but not surprising. The new system was nice but not ready for prime time.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Legacy Family Tree

If you are keeping count, there was another update today, replacing the one from a couple of days ago. So, if you have not checked, you will want to update version .459, it corrects a problem with the last update.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

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 (Oct 9th), 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.

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.


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)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Native American Nations

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Interesting information, especially that 150 of the 595 tribes are now considered extinct. The artical can be found at This Land Press.