Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rootstech 2016 Classes in Spanish

For those of you who are interested in Rootstech classes in Spanish, Sonia Meza has published a blog post that details the eight classes that will be offered at Rootstech 2016. 



In English:


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Love Taza announced as Rootstech Keynote

Rootstech announced today Love Taza as keynote speakers in the Friday, Feb. 5, general session.

Millions of Internet viewers know Naomi as Taza as they follow her blog Love Taza, which celebrates the joy and purpose she and her husband, Josh, share as they raise their three small children in New York City. She started the website shortly after marrying Josh in 2007 in New York City while she finished her BFA (bachelor of fine arts) degree at the Juilliard School. She shares photos and stories of her life as a newlywed with her family out West.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Mesa Family Search Library Update

Beginning January 4, 5, & 6 the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library will be opening the Training Center, 464 E 1st Avenue in Mesa (on the West side of the Mesa Temple), three days a week for patron research with missionaries to assist.  

The hours will be: 

Monday 9:00 to 5:00
Tuesday 10:00 to 6:00
Wednesday 10:00 to 6:00. 

There are 44 computers, 2 scan-pro film readers, 2 mechanical film readers, a photo scanner, and a “Life Story” room to record, by appointment, your history.   

Film can once again be ordered to the Library, short term only.

Anyone is invited.  If you have questions or need to make an appointment, please call 480-962-9611.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

13th Annual Pinal County Genealogy Workshop

The 13th Annual Genealogy Workshop presented by the Pinal County Genealogists.

Beginning and experienced researchers may choose from 20 topics to help in their research. These classes include some of the basic favorites, along with new topics that have not been presented in previous workshops.


When: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Where: 1555 N. Colorado, Casa Grande, AZ
Time: 9:00am to 3:30pm (check-in starts at 8:00am)
Cost:
  • $20.00 Pre-Registration (postmarked by 15 Jan 2016)
    • Lunch included but not syllabus
  • $25 after 15 Jan 2016
    • Lunch not guaranteed
  • $5.00 for a printed hardcopy of syllabus due with registration.
  • Walk-ins are welcome.
For further information and registration forms, visit their website:


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Family History Society of Arizona and Judy Russell


Mark your calendars:
March 19, 2016


Judy Russell

will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Family History Society of Arizona. 



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Arizona State Library Duplicate Books Sale

For those of you wondering what happened to the displaced duplicate books that were being held in the now defunct Arizona State Genealogy Library, I just found this out a few minutes ago.

The books will be sold on Monday, Oct 19, at the West Valley Genealogy Society Library. 

The sale will be from 9am to 4pm. 

Their address is 122222 N. 111th Ave., Youngtown, AZ

Check or Cash only as payment.

Questions can be sent to: storebooks@azwvgs.org

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mesa FamilySearch Assistance Available

The Mesa FamilySearch Library is currently open, Mondays only, from 9am to 5pm, to assist patrons. There are computers for patron use and volunteers there to assist the patrons with their research. 

They are using the Family Search Training Center, at 464 E. 1st Ave. (the corner of LuSueur and 1st Ave.). 

I visited them today and there were 5 to 6 volunteers there helping patrons. Microfilm readers are NOT available.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

FamilySearch Search Records Feature

Apparently I have been half asleep while using FamilySearch.org. I noticed today that they are showing Search Records links on the individual record page. 

Click on FamilySearch it automatically opens a new tab with the Search Records results. 

Click on the respective partner site and it opens it up and passes the information, showing the results in a new tab.



I wonder how long this has been available.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Relationship Chart

Below is a chart by Alice J. Ramsay showing the relationships between individuals on your tree. There are a number of these floating around the web, but I prefer this one from most. 


You can see a full copy of this, and download a pdf version, at freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Microfilm Orders without the Mesa FamilySearch Library

With the indefinite closure of the Mesa FamilySearch Library, a number of individuals  have asked where they can read microfilm they need to order from Salt Lake City. In Arizona there are 48 FamilySearch centers or affiliate libraries listed by FamilySearch.org.

Below is a list of all 48. I have created a spreadsheet that lists each with its corresponding address, hours, and contact information, as well as the URL for the each Center's wiki site. You can download that sheet here. I will keep this up-to-date as more information is available and is verified. The link will be on the right-hand side of my blog page. 

At this point, I have not attempted to verify any of the information contained on their webpages, so you should contact them before ordering. You can search for a Center at this link, but you will need an LDS.org account to access it. 

Also, Googling any of the Centers below will provide a direct link to their wiki page. 

Ajo Arizona Family History Center
Bagdad Arizona Family History Center
Bisbee Arizona Family History Center
Buckeye Arizona Family History Center
Casa Grande Arizona Family History Center
Chandler Arizona Alma Family History Center
Clifton Arizona Family History Center
Cottonwood Arizona Family History Center
Douglas Arizona Family History Center
Duncan Arizona Family History Center
Eagar Arizona Family History Center
Flagstaff Arizona Family History Center
Glendale Arizona Family History Center
Globe Arizona Family History Center
Holbrook Arizona Family History Center
Kingman Arizona Family History Center
Lake Havasu City Arizona Family History Center
Maricopa Arizona Family History Center
McClelland Irish Library
Nogales Arizona Family History Center
Page Arizona Family History Center
Paradise Valley Arizona Family History Center
Parker Arizona Family History Center
Payson Arizona Family History Center
Peoria Arizona Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona Deer Valley Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona Hispanic Family History Center
Phoenix Arizona North Family History Center
Prescott Arizona Family History Center
Quartzsite Arizona Family History Center
Safford-Thatcher Arizona Family History Center
Sahuarita Arizona Family History Center
San Manuel 1st Arizona Family History Center
Scottsdale Arizona Camelback Family History Center
Scottsdale Arizona North Family History Center
Show Low Arizona Family History Center
Sierra Vista Arizona Family History Center
Snowflake Arizona Family History Center
Spring Valley Arizona Family History Center
St Johns Arizona Family History Center
Tuba City Arizona Family History Center
Tucson Arizona Family History Center
Tucson Arizona West Family History Center
Window Rock Arizona Family History Center
Winslow Arizona Family History Center
Woodruff Arizona Family History Center
Yuma Arizona Family History Center

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rootstech 2016 Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for RootsTech, the largest family history and technology conference in the world. Happening February 3–6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah,

RootsTech 2016 will inspire you to discover, preserve, and share your family connections across generations—past, present, and future.

For a limited time, the full RootsTech conference pass is available at a discounted price of $149*. Regularly priced at $249, that’s a $100 savings!

Check it out here: http://rootstech.org/

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Arizona Genealogical Library Update

Update received this afternoon:


Arizona State Library,
Archives & Public Records
A division of the Secretary of State

Joan Clark, State Librarian & Director

State Library, FamilySearch partner to make genealogy records accessible

PHOENIX - Today, Arizona has joined 35 other states in making the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records genealogy resources available online via FamilySearch.org, the website for FamilySearch International, a nationally recognized nonprofit family history organization, to make more genealogy research material available online for statewide access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The initiative will make thousands of historical books of genealogical importance freely accessible online for family history researchers worldwide.
 
The State Library and Archives also becomes an affiliate organization of FamilySearch, a designation which will give Arizonans greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources.
 
"We are constantly looking for ways to provide access to information through technology," said Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose office oversees the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. "The partnership with FamilySearch allows us to provide access to genealogy research internationally, helping those who cannot afford to travel access the information they need."
 
FamilySearch is providing scanning and digital hosting services for 5,000 books at no cost to the state. In return, FamilySearch will make the digital images of the books freely available online for research globally. Once scanning is complete, the original copies of the books will return to Arizona. Scanning is expected to take about six months to complete.
 
Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch International, said, "We are happy to join with the Arizona State Library and Archives to digitally preserve and make some of their historical book collections more accessible to their patrons worldwide.  Each of the books contains countless rich stories about ancestors that are just waiting to be more readily discovered and told.  We are excited to help patrons begin making those connections through this project."
 
"We'd like to thank all of the volunteers from the genealogy community including the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board, West Valley Genealogical Society, the Irish Cultural Center and the Family History Society of Arizona who generously volunteered their time," said State Librarian Joan Clark. "With the support and solutions provided by these organizations, we have been able to process the collection in an efficient manner.
 
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the genealogy community in Arizona," Clark continued, "and to providing access via the internet or in-person at the Arizona State Archives in Phoenix."
 
In addition to the materials that can be accessed through FamilySearch, researchers will be able to use other genealogy resources at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. There, they will find recent genealogy books, databases, the Arizona Collection, maps, state publications and documents, and other archival collections.
 
Some duplicate materials from the genealogy collection have been transferred to the Irish Cultural Center and West Valley Genealogical Society.
 
The reading room at the Arizona State Archives is open Monday through Friday9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For prompt service, please call ahead to 602-926-3720.
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About the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, helps Arizonans know and obtain information about their government, their state and their world. We provide expertise to empower informed decisions.
 
About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,800 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Mesa FamilySearch Library 2015 Family History Conference - Update


Don't forget that registration for the 2015 Family History Conference, sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library, starts this Wednesday, Sept 9.

Class offerings and registration can be found at:

http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conference2015/default.html

The conference will be held 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.

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 FamilySearch.org. 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.

At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli. Otherwise, the conference is free.

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 FamilySearch.org. 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:  http://billiongraves.com/index.php   (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).

        Email: weseagleproject@gmail.com
        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.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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 (Jan 8th), at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the LDS chapel at 1415 E. Southern Ave, enter through the southwest doors. 

We will be having a workshop this month working on our our files and problems together.

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

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mesa Family Search Library

The constructions issues with the renovations have delayed the reopening until late February, hopefully. 

Below is the noticed issued this week:

As you may know, we are in the process of a total remodeling of the first floor of the Library with some minor changes on the second floor. We closed the Library on the 24th of  November with plans to reopen on the 5th of January, 2015. We have had some major complications that will delay our opening date. We are not certain at this time, but anticipate opening in late February. If you will call 480-964-1200, our Library phone number, we will include the new opening date in our message as soon as we have a firm date. We will also post it on the entry door of the Library as soon as we have the date.

Here is a link to the January newsletter