<![CDATA[                               GenealogyNow - Blog]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:29:26 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[                                          This Week's Classes]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:27:50 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/this-weeks-class-schedule-tues-january-20-mon-january-27To read class descriptions, click on 
"Class Info" above (organized by category).
​Groups & the Story Booth require previous scheduling.

Click the "Groups/Story Booth" tab above on the right.
<![CDATA[        February & March Classes  ]]>Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:11:02 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/4Class Listed by Categories for
February & March


<![CDATA[Class Discriptions]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:16:49 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/class-discriptionsSpotlighting Some of our Classes Being Taught This Week. Picture
Following are discriptions of some of the classes on the calendar for this week. To check out all of the classes offered at the St. George FamilySearch Library, click on the "Class Info" tab at the very top of the page. Click "ReadMore" below to see some of this week's class descriptions.

One of the classes offered on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 10 am.
 Wednesday, Feb. 10, one class we offer this week, also at 10:00 am is:
On Thursday we go back to the beginning at 1:00 pm with our class, Help-Where Do I Start?
Friday we advance ahead with our class on Descendancy Reseach. An excellent class if you are having trouble finding family names.
Every Saturday we offer special help with Spanish Indexing from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
We are closed on Monday, Feb. 15, but on Tuesday Feb. 16 we are up and running with a class on My Heritage, one of the partners of FamilySearch.
<![CDATA[Part 2 - FamilySearch Picture Gallery]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:15:58 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/part-2-familysearch-picture-gallery​Upload Documents from Your Family Tree in the New Memories Gallery Picture
December 18, 2015 By Greg McMurdie
A property deed, weathered and worn, awards 160 acres to a family ancestor following the Homestead Act – the first official documentation for land that remains in the family today.
The ornate text on a certificate from war time explains that a medal is being awarded to the man listed, he having shown great valor in making the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
A college diploma, the first earned by a female from the family. The document is handled gingerly by a young woman in the present day, inspiration welling within her to achieve pioneering feats of her own.

<![CDATA[RootsTech's 9 Live Streamed Thursday Sessons]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:14:08 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/rootstechs-9-live-streamed-thursday-sessonsView Any of Thursday's 9 Live Streamed RootsTech Sessions 
        Click the "Read More" tab on the right gain access to the Thursday Sessions

Use the Link below to access the Roots Tech sessions that were streamed live last Thursday from the RootTech event.

You will be able to chose from the 9
sessons offered.

Watch for the Friday Sessons next week.


<![CDATA[Marriage Records Can Offer Provide Valuable Family Information]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:13:27 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/marriage-records-can-offer-provide-valuable-family-informationValentines Day - First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Picture
Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 26, 2016 Ancestry.

​Valentines Day is just around the corner, which got me thinking about love and marriage and genealogy.

Marriage records are critical in tracking our ancestors – especially our female ancestors. But all states are different in when they started recording them and what they recorded.

When did my state start recording?

The best answer for this is on the Ancestry Wiki. In the search box, type in . . .

state name vital records:
Click on the following link for pages that tell you when they were recorded and what government agency has them. 

Are they online?

More and more vital records are online, although not all. The wiki will point to some and you can also try our Free State Research Guides for more information: - 
Use the following Link to see "Free State Research Guides"

What if there are no marriage records?

​Sometimes a marriage record doesn’t exist, but don’t despair. Ancestry has an eight page guide Finding U.S. Vital Records and Alternative Sources that will give you new ideas on where to find information on your ancestors’ marriage. - 
         Click on this link to see a lot more information of "Finding U.S. Vital Records and Alternative Sources

Also, don’t forget to check the Card Catalog on Ancestry. You can filter by Marriage and Divorce and sort by Date Added and keep track of what is new on Ancestry. Ancestry may have added just the record you are looking for and that record may hold the solution to that brick wall you’ve been trying to tear down. Happy searching - 
<![CDATA[U.S. Census Records Secrets Revealed]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:12:15 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/us-census-records-secrets-revealedU.S. Census Record Secrets Revealed! Picture
February 5, 2016 By Debra Woods
Juliana Szucs, veteran writer and trainer for Ancestry.com started her genealogical career at a young age by helping her mom index census records from microfilm on a reader in the family basement – 25¢ for each family name recorded AND sourced.       
How times have changed! Now with a click of a computer we get all these records attached to our family tree in seconds, work that took many long difficult hours now can be accomplished in minutes.
The problem is – it is too easy to just attach a source to a person without looking at it and discovering and connecting with all the hidden treasures found in these marvelous census records. You can find a whole treasure trove of valuable information from census records. . .

What Treasures are Hiding in Your Tree?

When you attach a source to an individual in your Ancestry tree, some basic dry facts are automatically included. But besides the basic facts, you can add other details that turn data into a meaningful story.

You can do this by adding notes to the source in your record.

Some Great Things to Look for:
  • Follow the trail of where they lived from census to census.
  • Translate census ages to birth, marriage and other dates.
  • Start a Timeline with the census data such as marriage, immigration, world events that may lead to further records such as wars that may lead to draft records.
  • Beginning with the 1880 US census family structure was included, so you can keep track of the entire family ebb and flow from decade to decade.
  • Look beyond just your ancestor to his/her neighborhood and community. Often they live amongst family and friends who immigrated from the same mother country. Learning about them can teach you about your own family. Besides, neighbors often intermarried!

Vital Clues in Census Records

A census record may give you clues that you need to do further research, and suggest the right place to look for that information. Be sure to visit State and County pages for additional information. Using the census location, seek death certificates or news articles about death for a child, spouse or relative who disappears from a subsequent census for that family in that location. Always ask –where can I learn more?

Specific Census Nuggets 

In the 1900 and 1910 censuses, look for the number of children born compared to those living to find deceased children. 

Szucs advised to read notes that may appear at the top, bottom or sides of a census page for clarifying information. One record for an ancestor appeared to indicate that
she was incarcerated at age 97 in a penitentiary. Notes on the page clarified that she was in a home for the aged nearby.

The 1880 Census started including street addresses. Be sure to capture this information to paint a more detailed picture of their lives. You can even look them up on Google Maps street view to view the original home they lived in if it’s still there.

The 1940 census includes the place of residency for an individual in 1935.

The 1900 through 1930 census records document the year of immigration, while the 1920 census gives the year a person was naturalized.

The 1840 Census states the names and ages of military pensioners or their widows.

The 1910 Census asked whether an individual was a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy, and the 1930 Census asked whether they were a veteran of any US military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition.

Don’t Forget State Census Records

In the 1890 Census there were Veterans Schedules from all states alphabetically from Kentucky to Wyoming. Some addresses were included as well as interesting military details.

While Confederate soldiers were not supposed to be recorded, many were and later crossed out, but the images are there and you might be able to read and find your Confederate ancestors there.

In the pre-1850 census records when there was nothing more than a city, head of household and tick-marks for various age/gender groups, you can make a chart of your own to record this information Ancestry provides a blank form you can print and hand write info from various census records to compare and find enough information to identify your ancestors.

To find find some good websites that discuss census records, do a Google search on the term “census records”. A good website to visit is a webpage titled Clues in Census Records: 185–1940. This website is a good place to start.
<![CDATA[Apps to Help You Do Your Family History]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:11:30 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/apps-to-help-you-do-your-family-history10 Cool Apps to Help You Do Your Family History Picture
February 1, 2016 By Guest Blogger

Today, there are literally hundreds of family history apps to help you do your family history research and detail the life of an ancestor. With so many apps available for free or for just a few bucks, it’s important to know which ones give you the best bang for your buck. Below is a review of the newest and most popular family history apps on the market with a brief description of their unique features:

Family Tree by FamilySearch
This free app for the iPhone and iPad provides 

a place for you to preserve family records on your own customized family tree! The app links to your FamilySearch account so all your information will be kept up-to-date on all devices. As you discover stories about your own ancestors and add those stories to your tree, you will also be adding to the family trees of others. With this app you can add stories, photographs, and documents of your ancestors. Family Tree can be found on the App Store by searching “FamilySearch – Tree” or by downloading it from the iTunes store.
FamilySearch – Memories
This free FamilySearch app provides users with a place to collect stories and photos of family members. For no cost, you can record, preserve, and share stories shared by family members as they share some of their family memories. You can upload to your family tree, photos of current family events, pictures of old photos and records, and oral interviews and stories of family members.
This app can be found on the App Store by searching “FamilySearch – Memories” or by going to theiTunes FamilySearch – Memories app page.

This popular and highly rated web app can give you a detailed outline of what your ancestors’ lives might have been like based off of where they lived. With this app, you can read about the time period and history of your ancestors’ lives and learn more about them than just a name and a date. Membership for this app can be purchased for $9.99 a month or $59 year on the HistoryLines website.

American Ancestors
This website provides a rich source of data for anyone looking for information about his or her American ancestors. With this app, you have access to hundreds of millions of names and hundreds of records including vital records, census records, newspapers, military records, maps, and more. This app is the creation of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, America’s top resource for family history research. Membership is $89.95 a year. To learn more, visit theAmericanAncestors.org website.

Find-a-Grave for Android is a free app provided by Ancestry.com. It allows users to search more than 100 million graves from cemeteries around the world. You can request headstone photos or upload your own and share them for others to view. The app contains millions of photos with memorials and bios, a meaningful tool for many. Find-a-Grave can be found on the Google Play Store by searching “Find a Grave” or by clicking the Find a Grave app page.

RootsMagic is a software package that provides organization tools for your family tree and family history. As you search for family records, RootsMagic will connect with FamilySearch and MyHeritage to find up-to-date information on your ancestors. You can document what you find and even print out detailed sheets of information. You can share information online and create maps of where your family members have lived. RootsMagic provides just about everything you might need in a family history app. The free software can be found at the RootsMagic Essentials page. The upgraded version for $29.95 at the RootsMagic Products page.

Kinmapper is a free web app that connects with your FamilySearch family tree to map the locations where your ancestors lived. It provides a fun and useful visual that may even uncover locations you were previously unaware of! You can sign up for this fun service on the Kinmapper home page

StoryWorth – Innovator Challenge Winner!
StoryWorth is a new online app that won the People’s Choice Award and the First Place Judge’s Prize at the 2015 RootsTech Innovator Challenge. When you sign up, you can also invite family members to register with you. Each week you will all receive an email with a question about your life. Each family member’s response will be recorded and emailed to anyone you designate. It is an exciting way for family members to share stories they may never have heard about each other. Membership is $6.49 a month per family. To learn more, visit the StoryWorth website.

Eternal Reminder
This highly rated web app sends a reminder to users to take the names of eligible ancestors to the temple to receive their temple ordinances. When an ancestor is 110 years old or older, he or she is eligible to receive temple work by proxy. The app is dependable and prompt, and it will not let you forget when temple work needs to be done! Registration is free and can be found on the Eternal Reminder website.

My Heritage Book
With this online app, you can create personalized children’s books based on a child’s family traditions and personal family trees. Users can add information on up to 6 different countries based on where their ancestors have lived. This is a great tool for parents and grandparents to share stories about their ancestors, teachers to teach students about different countries, and children to learn about their own family’s traditions and heritage. The cost of membership is $42.95 and can be accessed at the My Heritage Book website.
This article was written and submitted to the FamilySearch blog by Becca Allen Hardman. She is a writer and editor for the Publishing Services Department of the LDS Church.

<![CDATA[Learn from a Master  Story Teller-  RootsTech  Video]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:10:36 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/learn-from-a-master-story-teller-rootstech-videoBruce Feiler Teaches Us That
​We are All Story Tellers
February 4, 2016 By Steve Anderson

We all have stories to tell; family stories as well as individual stories. According to Bruce Feiler, Thursday morning’s keynote address speaker, these stories have enor-mous value. They are so powerful in how they teach. He stressed how our own stories are so important to our families and need to be remembered and even more importantly, shared.

Feiler shared with us how he began developing a love of storytelling, starting when he wrote home to his grandmother when he was traveling abroad and learning that she xeroxed his letters and shared them with many . . .

people in town.

Feiler went on to expand on his story telling skills by write books about his world travels, living as a clown in a circus for a year and traveling through many of the places referenced in the Bible. He spoke about living in a monastery and seeing what was purported to be the “official” burning bush of Moses’s time.

Then he shared stories about dealing with life and death experiences in his own life. He spoke of discovering that he had cancer in his leg and how dealing with such a traumatic experience changed his life. He explained how experiences like these change people and have valuable lessons that can help our children and grandchildren.

The love of stories goes deep into our very souls. From the beginning of time, mankind has loved hearing stories and the lessons they have to offer. Bruce Feiler is a master story teller, yet he assured all in attendance that you don’t have to be a master story teller to share your stories. We all have important life changing events in our lives. Stories about those events have enormous power and need to be shared with others.

Bruce Feiler's keynote address was inspiring in so many ways. Take a few minutes and listen to his own words. See how he pulls you into his world as he shares his learnings simply by the stories he tells.
<![CDATA[Lets' Tell Our Stories]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:12:46 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/lets-tell-our-storiesMichael Leavitt and Doris Kearns Goodwin Encourage Us to Tell Our Stories
February 6, 2016 By Diane Sagers

Family stories are the flame that lights up the world, said Michael O. Leavitt, founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, former three times Governor of Utah, and cabinet member for George Bush serving as chairman of Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services.

​Doris Kearns Goodwin American storyteller and author of six critically acclaimed best-selling books and Pulitzer Prize, echoed Leavitt’s sentiment that our families’ legacies will live on through the stories we share with our families. . .

PictureGovernor Michael O. Leavitt
Governor Michael O. Leavitt led out in the Thursday morning opening session of RootsTech 2016, the largest family history technology conference in the world.
Allowing the audience to vote via cell phone on which stories he told, Leavitt shared behind-the-scenes stories of his family’s life in the Utah Governor’s mansion, the fire that destroyed their belongings during his tenure as Governor, the wild enthusiasm on the day that Utah won the Olympic bid in 2002, and his life as a cabinet member in George W. Bush’s administration.

As part of the opening ceremony the Olympic flame is carried by runner through towns and cities along its route to the site of the games. Tens of thousands of people gathered to watch as the Olympic Torch passed through the communities.

“Why is it that tens of thousands of people gather to see someone run by carrying fire on a stick?” Leavitt asked one of the organizers who responded with a story of an undersized 5th grader who took the flame and ran down the street of his town in front of the crowd that included his schoolmates.
​It changed forever his self-esteem and his life among his classmates.

Picture Doris Kearns Goodwin.
“The torch,” she explained “is a symbol of what we value most and aspire to be – courage, aspirations for virtue and strength.”

“We are here [at this conference] for the fire on the stick – and it is family.
​I say to you God bless you and God bless our families,” Leavitt said.

Goodwin shared stories that shaped the lives of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. Goodwin’s writing career has produced in-depth biographies of all these people.

In her own life, she knew almost none of her relatives – most of who died before she was born or when she was a young child. However, as she has learned about them, she has developed connections through their stories.
“I felt an invisible loyalty and love linking her to a grandfather whose face I cannot see,” she said.
Our stories may not be in big name books, on Mount Rushmore or in a movie. But who we are and what we’ve learned in life will be shared with our posterity in the stories we pass down to our children.

To view the YouTube video of Michael Leavitt and Doris Kearns Goodwin, click the video links below.