Joan lives in the United States. She has seven complete generations in her family tree and many other branches that extend even further. Lucky for her, most of her ancestors come from English-speaking countries. As a result, she has documented sources for most of her direct lines, and last week she found two new individuals to submit for temple work! She’s having a hard time keeping up with it all. Needless to say, Joan is really happy.
Straight Talk about the State of Indexing Read This Article and Plan to Attend One or More Indexing Class at Next Weeks Marathon Event
September 30, 2015 By Michael Judson of FamilySearch We need to talk. Don’t worry. You’re not in trouble or anything. We just need to discuss some things about indexing that are changing—things that may be hard to swallow. Some of this you have probably guessed, but some of it may be new. Either way, get comfortable, and let’s chat. I’ll start with the easy stuff. Easy English Projects Are Getting Harder to Find This is no surprise to you if you’ve tried to find one of those favorite census or obituary projects lately. We are victims of our own success. The big, easy English collections that were once plentiful are now . . .
Prepare for the Family History Library Webinars Coming Up This Month - The First is October 8th
October 2, 2015 By Yvonne Sorenson In 2013, the Family History Library began offering some of our classes as Webinars. These webinars have been very popular. We have learned much as we’ve hosted these classes online. Earlier this year we changed platforms, but the change did not provide the best experience for the class attendees. We appreciate all those who continued to attend these webinars, even with the difficulties in connecting to the classes.
We are pleased to announce that future Family History Library online webinars will be using. .
October 5, 2015 By Steve Anderson Does your family have a funny story that you still laugh about today? No? Really? I’ll bet if you started asking around it wouldn’t be long before someone began sharing with you some great stories of when some uncle, cousin or great grandma did something really funny, weird, or embarrassing. In fact, you may be even find out that there’s a story about something you did when you were young that maybe you had forgotten about. Don’t limit your search for . . .
Learn Something New About Your Ancestors Every Day
Here at Ancestry, we’re celebrating the month of October in a BIG way as October is Family History Month! We have a series of educational posts focused on a day in the life of your ancestor that will be shared throughout the month, including great pieces from guest contributors. We will also be hosting several giveaways on our social media channels. So if you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, there’s no better time to start! We’re also thrilled to be hosting our second annual Find A Grave Day on Saturday, October 17th. We hope you’ll end the month with deeper insights into the day-to-day activities of your ancestors. .
Thom Reed, Senior Marketing Manager with FamilySearch, Presented a Historical Perspective of Freedmen’s Bureau
Sept. 30, 2015 By Bill Davidson of FamilySearch On Saturday, September 26, community members met to learn about and index Freedmen’s Bureau records at a church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Thom Reed, Senior Marketing Manager with FamilySearch International, presented a historical perspective about the Freedmen’s Bureau and the importance of indexing and making these Freedmen’s records more broadly available.
For most of the attendees, this was the first time they had heard about the Freedmen’s Bureau in any detail and certainly the first time they had indexed these important records. With a little help from Thom and others, everyone was . . .
For over 13 years SwedGen (a genealogical society in Sweden) has offered lectures and research assistance for Swedish American descendants all over the U.S. This year SwedGen will make stops in Lindsborg, Kansas; Aurora, Colorado; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Their events in Salt Lake City will be held at the Family History Library for free on Thursday October 8th, 2015.
Aaron Orr, product manager at Ancestry.com, spoke to the topic “Ancestry.com: Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Research” at the 2015 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy.
Aaron asked how many attendees had taken an Ancestry DNA test. Many had. He asked how many felt like they had learned new information because of it. Only a few hands went up. He said the class would help us get more value out of our DNA test results. . .
First, Aaron reviewed some inheritance concepts that help people understand common questions with DNA test results.
Siblings from the same parent inherit different DNA from their parent. If you go down several generations, you have less and less DNA from a particular ancestor. After enough generations, it is possible for cousins to share no DNA. If you have your children tested, it is possible that they won’t all have the same ethnicity, depending on what they inherit from you and what they inherit from your spouse.
Next, Aaron presented several features that can be used to get more value from your Ancestry DNA test results.