Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FamilySearch celebrates 10 years of indexing historic records


News release on the 28th, (yes I am behind).

Salt Lake City, Utah (28 November 2016), You go online to FamilySearch. You type an ancestor’s name. You instantly find your ancestor in any number of 5.5 billion historical records in the free online database. You are elated at how easy it was as you fill in another missing piece of your family tree puzzle. That successful experience was brought to you by a phenomenon called indexing. And most likely, you were the recipient of a free gift empowered by the efforts of many online indexing volunteers.

Next week (December 5th) is International Volunteer Day, and FamilySearch International is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its web-based, volunteer-driven, indexing initiative, which started in 2006. The migration from the previous CD-ROM-based format to the web has been nothing short of amazing, and the rest has been record-making history—literally. The indexing initiative is the largest undertaking of its kind and is unparalleled in its achievements.

As a thank you to indexers and the millions of people who have found family documents from their efforts, FamilySearch is sharing a collection of free downloadable “I HEART Families” images for use on social media, or as cell phone and computer wallpaper.

Read the rest of the release at the FamilySearch Media Room.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RootsTech 2017 Pass Winner

We only had nine entries this year. However, using Random.org, the winner of the RootsTech 2017 pass is Holly Long of Arizona. 






Monday, November 21, 2016

Like a Free Pass to RootsTech 2017?

If you have wanted to go to RootsTech but the cost seemed prohibitive, here is your chance to win a free pass.

This pass is good for one FREE full registration access pass to RootsTech & Innovator Summit 2017 ($299 value). This registration does not include travel, hotel, meals or any other compensation. 




However, it does include:
        • Innovator Summit
        • over 200 classes
        • Keynotes
        • General sessions
        • RootsTech classes
        • Getting Started classes
        • Expo hall
        • Evening events
To enter all you have to do is send an email, with the Subject line "RootsTech"  to Rootstech@fhtek.com, by midnight (MST) on November 28th. Please include your name and email address in the body of the message.

Random.org will be used to select the winner. The winner will be announced on this blog and by email. The email will contain the details on how to register. If you have already registered you will be able to get a refund. 

By entering you are giving your permission for your name to be reported on this blog and other Social Media outlets. 

Disclaimer: As an Ambassador and Speaker I have received complimentary registration to RootsTech.





Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of November 7, 2016

Over 4 million birth, death, census, civil, church, and other indexed records were published and made available at FamilySearch this week. 

Records from South Africa, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Philippines, and across the United States including Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Alabama, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee. 

See FamilySearch.org for more free searchable historic records. 

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
212,545
213,127
New indexed records and images collection
59,241
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
317,868
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
8
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
939
0
New indexed records collection
0
426,296
Added images to an existing collection
252,908
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
313,368
313,368
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
12,923
0
New indexed records collection
0
13,710
New browsable image collection.
29
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
540,796
419,728
New indexed records and images collection
516,904
475,273
New indexed records and images collection
1,921,208
1,623,555
New indexed records and images collection

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of October 31, 2016

Newly published records for Oregon, Kentucky and Tennessee. In addition, there are newly indexed German Civil registrations and millions of new digital GenealogyBank obituaries. 

For these and more free searchable historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
1,235,779
0
New indexed records collection
0
13,793,533
Added images to an existing collection
0
702,958
Added images to an existing collection
90,302
114,661
New indexed records and images collection
0
18,557
Added images to an existing collection
30,383
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
146,760
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection