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<![CDATA[Our Thanksgiving Week Closure]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:30:46 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/our-thanksgiving-week-closureWe will be closed for the Thanksgiving week -
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<![CDATA[Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:30:00 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/mormon-pioneer-overland-travelThe Pioneer Overland Travel to Zion was not Always a Trail of Tears PictureHenry William Nichols


When people think of the experience of the Mormon Pioneer, often what comes to mind are stories of hunger, deprivation and suffering; however, more often than not, the experience of the average traveler was quite the oppisite.
There are many accounts of pioneers describing their journey as a great adventure as they saw new landscape and wildlife.

Other stories are lighthearted and full of hope and humor as they embarked on a new life in the West with the people of Zion.

For example, in this account, Henry William Nichols tells this humorous little story on himself. . . 

From the Life of Henry William Nichols, 1861

Humor on the Plains
12 June 2015

Now about this time, I can tell one on myself.

One night, being on guard toward morning, there was something dodging around the wagons. A man on guard with me said it is a woodcock. I was going to shoot at it. My mate said, “You will alarm the camp. Don’t shoot.”

I picked up a club and chased it a considerable distance from the camp and killed it. The man on guard with me came running up to me and said, “It’s a skunk.” But it was too late. The mischief was done.

In chasing it I noticed a smoky smell and thought it was some embers from a camp fire. The fact of the matter I was completely smothered.

I had to change all of my clothes. My shoes—I had to through [throw] them away, for I kicked it in dispatching it. I could not afford to through my clothes away. I made a bundle of them, and put them in the river until we started out again. 

Although I changed all of my clothes, at breakfast Mrs. Falkes said, “Henry, do go away and take your mush with you.” I complied and went a distance from the camp and ate my breakfast alone.

I felt quite sick. Mr. Falkes gave me a little whiskey and that helped me.
One incident makes me laugh when I think of it was when we were getting ready to start out. I took the bundle of clothes from the river and lashed them under the wagon. The old Fellow knew nothing of this circumstance. When we had traveled a couple of miles the sun became warm. It affected the bundle, and the old Fellow said, “My God, where does that smell come from?”

At night I would put my bundle in the river again and in the course of a few days they got to a normal condition again. I had to take several baths before I was properly sterilized.

Read more of Henry William Nichols’s trail experience.
Between 1847 and 1868, Mormon emigrants traveling in more than 350 companies departed from various places and headed for the Salt Lake Valley. More than 60,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled in these companies—some traveling by foot, some in wagons, and some pulling handcarts.

Following is a map of the trail followed by our ancestors and some of the pictures depicting the historical sites. 

To see all the pictures and learn more click on the link: 


This database is a compilation of names obtained from rosters and other reliable sources of individuals who immigrated to Utah during this two-decade period.

Each company is listed under its captain’s name, and basic information is provided, including a photograph of the captain, when available.

Many company pages include a list of diaries, journals, letters, and reminiscences written by company members, as well as contemporary reports about the company.

The content of several thousand of those narratives has been transcribed and is included in the database.

To learn how to use this wonderful data-base click on link below;

<![CDATA[Our Ancestors: Discover more about their Daily lives  -Vidio]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:29:28 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/our-ancestors-discover-more-about-their-daily-lives-vidioLearn Quickly What You Can Do on My Heritage and then watch the Webinar to:
Discover More about Ancestors Daily Lives.
<![CDATA[Exchange Details Between Ancestry and Family Tree]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:28:56 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/exchange-details-between-ancestry-and-family-tree​How to Exchange Details between Ancestry and Family Tree Picture
March 19, 2015 By Debra Woods of FamilySearch

You’ve created family trees in FamilySearch and you have one in Ancestry.com.  Now you want coordinate both trees so that you can exchange details between the two trees. How do you keep them both synchronized?         An Example from my Own Trees:

I import my four generations into Ancestry. My paternal great grandfather, Harry Woods, has 14 Hints. I review these possible matches, and one of them is New Hampshire, Marriage Records Index, 1637-1947. I can see that it’s a match for my great grandparents. There is a bit of information in this record that I don’t already have – which is the city in New Hampshire where the marriage took place. I attach the source record to Harry’s profile, check the box next to the city name, and accept it to modify his profile. This adds the source record and modifies the records of both Harry Woods and his wife Alice.
Now, the Ancestry records for Harry and Alice are different from the FamilySearch records for these two individuals.
Now I want to synchronize the information between the two programs. I click on the little FamilySearch tree icon and a drop-down menu appears with several options:
First, I try Compare person on FamilySearch. This screen appears:
Wow! This makes it easy to move information between the two programs! Uh-oh! Before I see the bit of information I want to transfer, this is the message I find:
Maybe by the time you read this article this function will be in place. But today, for me, the alternative is just a few extra keystrokes.
I go back one screen and this time I click on the FamilySearch tree icon and select View this person on FamilySearch:
This opens a new tab in my browser in my FamilySearch profile page for Harry Woods. I scroll down to Family Membersand select Edit Couple.
The couple information is displayed, and I click on the event in question,
and select Edit from the options in the upper right corner of the event box:
This opens an editable event box where I go to the Place field and add the city name.
I start typing in Lisbon, and some options pop-up and I select the correct city, county, state, nation option from the list. Then I type in the source in the Reason This Information is Correct box. Then I click on Save.
It does take a few extra keystrokes, but it’s nice that I’m able to go directly to the needed person record in FamilySearch from his Ancestry record. And eventually relationship records will be available for comparison and synchronization on the Compare Person on FamilySearch screen where we will be able to just check a box and click Save!
<![CDATA[If I am not sure it is all correct, How can I Judge it ?]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:28:24 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/if-i-am-not-sure-it-is-all-correct-how-can-i-judge-itIt Y0u are Not Sure it's Accurate,
How Can You Judge It?
It’s 9 p.m., the children are in bed, it is quiet and you sit down at your computer. Instead of web surfing you go to your Family Tree on Family Search. Through the work of diligent relatives, your family tree fan chart may resemble a healthy Thanksgiving turkey. It is a satisfying feeling, but you know there must be more. Although a novice, you’re willing to help the cause. But where do you begin?

“You don’t start your work at the end of your line,” said Karen Clifford, a professional genealogist and lecturer in her Tuesday morning workshop at the BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference. “That is a common impulse among novices. An experienced . . 

.genealogist does an inspection first.”

If you didn’t do the work to create that tree on Family Search or any of the other major genealogy search engines, don’t assume it is correct – in fact your work may have errors!
Pictureby Art Williams

“Users in every field of study are cautioned about erroneous internet information, but in the field of family history, how do beginners sort fact from fiction? Clifford says. She suggests that an inspection should be the first order of business. Earlier researchers, however skilled and diligent may have made mistakes. Newer evidence may confirm or disprove entries, but you won’t know until you check for accuracy. As Clifford’s workshop title says, “
If It Isn’t Accurate How Can You Judge It?”

Sorting this out sounds time consuming but it can be handled a bit at a time. Current genealogy search engines like FamilySearch, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage make the process easier by scanning and noting potential errors and potential sources that may guide you to correct answers for the obvious errors.
Clifford says that in checking for accuracy, slow down, take a moment and consider the following:

  • Beware of information without a source attached.
  • Check dates and locations for consistency – a task that isn’t as hard as it sounds. Some errors are obvious. For example, if a child is born a year after the mother’s death, an error is obvious. Perhaps it is as simple as a typographical error – a switched number, (1943 instead of 1934). Finding a death record, birth certificate, or similar source will help clear up the problem.
  • Any date that starts with about, between, before, etc. s a clue that the researcher did not have hard evidence of the actual date.
  • A date or place surrounded by a less than or greater than sign < or > is a clue that the location is hypothesized and hasn’t been not verified.
  • A date or place left blank indicates that a source cited did not provide information.

Clifford further offered suggestions for looking up and keeping track of information as you ferret out the errors.

<![CDATA[Learn to use Ancestry.com's New Image Viewer - Video]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:27:53 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/learn-to-use-ancestrycoms-new-image-viewer-videoExploring the Hidden Features of
Ancestry's New Image Viewer
<![CDATA[Introducing Search Connect™ - In MyHeritage]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:27:20 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/introducing-search-connecttm-in-myheritageIntroduce Search Connect™ -
Every Search is Now a Record!
MyHeritage blog, Nov. 2015

​We're delighted to introduce Search Connect™, a unique innovation released today that allows you to connect with other MyHeritage members who are searching for the same ancestors and people as you. Collaboration through Search Connect™ can open new doors, and provide exciting discoveries about your family history.

Search Connect™ includes millions of searches made by MyHeritage members. It allows you to find other users who searched for the people you are looking for, and to view the full data of their search (such as dates, places, relatives and more), as well as similar searches they've made. If you find a result that seems relevant or useful, you can contact the person who conducted the search and get . . .

exchange more information.

 Use Search Connect Now
Search Connect™ results are included in SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records. It is a new collection, located in the Family Trees category, and you can also search it on its own. Initially containing more than 30 million entries of unique searches by MyHeritage members, for rare names. Search Connect™ will continue to grow every week as more users conduct new searches.
Search Connect™ search page (Click to Zoom)

Search Connect™ results show details that were entered in every user query, such as names, dates, etc.
A list of Search Connect™ results for Joseph Kennedy (Click to Zoom)
A Search Connect™ result, like the one shown below, includes basic information about the MyHeritage member who made the search (first name initial and last name, gender, country), and a list of their family sites on MyHeritage. The details of the search made by the user are then elaborated. Most importantly, the orange Contact button at the bottom of the page allows you to get in touch with the user who conducted the search.
A Search Connect™ result for Joseph Kennedy (Click to Zoom)
Every record in Search Connect™ includes a list of Related Searches by the same user. These are searches for other people with the same last name, or searches made within a few minutes, that the same user conducted. This can help you determine if the other user is indeed researching the same branch of the family that you are interested in. Clicking any hyperlinked name will repeat the search made by the other user along with all the original parameters and show you the results that MyHeritage SuperSearch™ returns for that search.
Our recently-released Global Name Translation™ technology makes Search Connect™ even more useful, allowing you to find other users who searched for the same name even in other languages. This maximizes your chances of locating relatives and connecting with family members worldwide.
In the example below, a search in Search Connect™ for the last name Mogilevsky in English yields search results of people who searched for variations of the same name in English, Russian and Hebrew! All foreign names are automatically translated by MyHeritage to English in square brackets for the user's convenience.
  An example of Search Connect™ with translation (Click to Zoom)
If you don't want your searches to be stored and be discoverable by other people, you can, at any time, change your member preferences. To do that, log into your family site and click on your name in the upper right-hand side of the screen. Select "My Privacy". Click on "My member preferences" on the left and uncheck "Enable Search Connect™".
Turning Search Connect™ off or on (Click to Zoom)
If turned off, all previous searches you have made will be erased, and new searches will not be remembered.
Searching and viewing results in the Search Connect™ collection is free. To contact another user who has made a similar search using Search Connect™, a Data subscription is required. If you don't have one yet, you can read more about our subscriptions, which include an option for unlimited access to all historical records on SuperSearch™ and all Record Matches.

This new and unique innovation by MyHeritage can be extremely useful for your family history research. With Search Connect™ you can discover relatives you never knew existed, who were looking for your own ancestors and relatives, or even for you, and collaborate with others interested in the same areas of research. Historical records are key to researching family history, but when you are searching for someone for whom no records exist, a Search Connect™ result showing someone else interested in the same person can be the next best thing.

We hope that our new Search Connect™ innovation will help you discover new relatives and break through brick walls in your family history research. We look forward to hearing about your discoveries!

Posted by Esther on November 4th, 2015 - 15:54
Tagged as: break down brick wallscollaboratecontactSearch ConnectSearch Connect™search results

Have fun and  try a search. Use the link below the following picture.
<![CDATA[News Flash!  Digitized Microfilm]]>Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:31:12 GMThttp://www.genealogynow.org/blog/news-flash-digitized-microfilmNews Flash! Digitized Microfilm:
From the Drawer to Your Computer
November 6, 2015 By Lisa McBride

Exciting news is here explaining how users will access microfilmed records found in the FamilySearch catalog. In the early weeks of November, a new feature called the Thumbnail Gallery will be available to the public. Everywhere that historical record images are visible, users can view a single full-screen image or view a gallery of thumbnail (small) images for all images on a microfilm. Parts of this new viewer can be accessed through the Record Hints on Family Tree.

Some new features include:

Thumbnail Gallery
Some new features include:
  • Viewing both the indexed data and the image together. This feature is available only with indexed records.
  • Navigating to other images within the collection by clicking Next or jumping to a specific image.
  • Viewing citation information. It is found in an information tab below each image.
Catalog Icons
In addition to these features, watch for new icons in the FamilySearch catalog. Look for the icons in the Film Notes area of the catalog record title page. The icon links will let you take three specific actions from the catalog page:
  • Jump to the indexed records found on a film—click the search icon.
  • Jump to the gallery view of images from a film—click the camera icon.
  • Jump to film ordering—click the film roll icon.
If indexing is not completed for a film, the indexed (search) icon will not show in the catalog. If a film is not digitized, the camera icon will not show up. Once a film is available digitally, the film ordering icon will disappear. (Use link below for the original chart.)

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.