from generations past, present and future.
In 2003, the United States Senate officially recognized October as "National Family History Month, a time to encourage family history research, education, and the sharing of knowledge" (A quote from Utah Senator Orin Hatch). Plan to celebrate Family History Month with your family this October by trying one or more of the five ways to share and value family members
from generations past, present and future.
The Learning Services Group at FamilySearch.org has been doing a lot to help patrons learn how to make the most of the resources that FamilySearch has to offer. Below are some of the courses that are now available at FamilySearch.org.
Unless you monitor the Internet almost continually, you are probably unaware of the huge number of books online including literally millions of books containing genealogical information. For example, if you go to Google Books and do a search for “genealogy” you will get over six million results. If you add the word family then you still get. . .
Are You Familiar with FamilySearch's Research Wiki? The first in a series of using the Wiki more effectively
The Research Wiki is a powerful tool for doing genealogy and family history research. You can search the Wiki to find out more about what records exist and where your family lived. Here’s how you can search the Wiki. Click on "learn" at the top of the FamilySearch home page. When the purple "Getting Started" box appears, scan down below it. Locate and click on the picture that looks like the one you see here on your left. Then you will see . . .
A Comparison of Family Tree and new.FamilySearch.org; Learn How to Access Family Tree and Use Its Features.
Using Family Tree ( Featuring a comparison between Family Tree and new.FamilySearch.)
Family Tree does not yet contain all of the features that are available in new.FamilySearch.org, but it also has some features that new.FamilySearch.org lacks (most notably a new source feature - See our "My Source Box" article of August 8, 2012). We encourage you to bookmark the site you will view below and check back frequently to see what new features have been added.
The following charts show what features are available and whether you can use them on Family Tree and/or on new.FamilySearch.org.
Serendepity in Genealogy: Niue Island Disaster “In 2004, a maximum force, category 5 cyclone struck the island nation of Niue. It was miraculous that only two people lost their lives, as the devastation leveled a long coastal area.” Homes perched 90 feet above sea level were crushed and swept away. The island experienced gusts up to . . .
From E.C. Benson, a FamilySearch Blog contributor
If you are like many people who know your ancestor was from Ireland, but you don’t know where, according to the late Irish researcher, Jim Hennessey, you’re looking for the straw of hay in the stack of needles. So, what does it take to be successful in finding the Irish origins of your immigrant? Generally, you need to know the following:
Here’s your chance to say thank you to the indexers who have helped you find your ancestors.
Create a short video that is one minute or less to thank FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators for helping to make records searchable online. Highlight an ancestor you have found, or...
My Surprise When I Charted my Ancestors
From a FamilySearch article by VanWagenenl
When the President reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants, it made me curious about my immigrant ancestors, so I charted them using the free fan chart.
Do you have endless research notes but still can't solve your research puzzle?
Experienced researchers use timelines when they are challenged to gather needed facts about an individual.
A timeline is a research tool in which information is organized in chronological order, making its content easy to read and review.
FamilySearch Digitizes Italian Archive Records--Rod DeGiulio--BYU Conference of Family History and Genealogy
From Ancestry Insider and Church News - August 9, 2012 Rod DeGiulio: All About Records
. DeGiulio was sharing some of the exciting record acquisition projects underway at
FamilySearch. One of them is
by Sister Alice Anderson:
We have just returned from our summer maintenance break and everything is clean and updated. We had a wonderful, refreshing break with family and friends, but now we can’t wait to get back to our Family History family. We have greetings to exchange and stories to tell. We have missed one another and are eager to find out . . .
Are you missing something that might have been left at the FamilySearch Library? Over the past nine months our "Lost & Found Box" has accumulated everything from jackets, eye glasses, keys, pictures, books, an old, original wedding certificate, and more. If you have been missing one or more items, you have just one week before all items will be lost forever.
FamilySearch, Fold3, National Archives Joint Project
The National Archives recently released a new video in their “Inside the Vaults” series that highlights the project to digitize the Civil War widows’ pension files.
Click on "ReadMore" below to learn more and to see the video.
Many indexers from the 1940 Census Project are finding the Immigration and Naturalization Records Project a bit more challenging. The following article from FamilySearch offers helpful tips in both written and visual formats to assist in preparing indexers to accomplish this project as effectively as the previous one.
(Click "Read More" below)