Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day following our Monday Morning Training on Hallowe’en. We had a wonderful activity yesterday, where our Training Center Volunteers dressed as and told stories about a particular ancestor. 
Interestingly enough, FamilySearch posted the following information on Facebook page yesterday: "On October 31, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide dedicated to remembering the dead. Tradition holds that souls of the departed wander the earth until All Saints’ Day."
We had a great time hearing the amazing stories about our wonderful ancestors.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Digital Files May Last Much, Much Longer than Paper or Microfilm

Luckily, digital files will last forever and will not deteriorate from use if proper precautions are taken. Simply make multiple copies of each file and store those copies in different, widely-separated locations. Luckily, that doesn’t cost much with digital files and only requires a few minutes of your time.
Of course, in order to last forever, the files also must be copied to new media every few years, and the file format must be updated (converted) to new formats, as needed. For instance, if copies are stored on CD-ROM disks, those copies need to be re-copied to newer forms of storage as the technology changes. If images are stored in JPG format, they do need to be converted to new formats as newer formats become available. Data that is “maintained” properly in the latest formats on the latest storage devices will remain visible forever.  . . .   [These paragraphs are only a small part of the article]  To read the full article go to "Eastman's on-line genealogy Newsletter" or click on "Eastmans Genealogy Newsletter" on "Favorite Links" listed at the right of these posts. Scroll down to Click on "CATEGORIES" then find the category "PRESERVATION" and click on it.  Then scroll down until you find this article.
Copyright permission to post snippets from this article were given by Dick Eastman.

Friday, January 10, 2014

FamilySearch - New Indexing Website

from FamilySearch.org:

FamilySearch recently released a newly redesigned indexing website at FamilySearch.org/indexing, and we invite you to come and take a look. This new website integrates indexing with the rest of FamilySearch.org, making it easier for indexers to know how to get started and find the help they need.

FamilySearch indexing is the volunteer program that has already generated more than a billion freely searchable names on FamilySearch.org. Changes to the indexing program over time have greatly increased the number of records that FamilySearch is able to publish. Projects that used to take years to index can now be completed in a matter of months, and as the indexing program improves, the availability of searchable records will only accelerate.

Come and explore what's new:

  • Getting started with indexing just got easier. With an easy-to-navigate Overview page and an all-new Get Started page, the new website is the perfect introduction to indexing.
  • Looking for more indexing help? Check out the completely redesigned resource guide. Now called Help Resources, this page guides you to the help you need.
  • Find projects you want faster. In the old indexing website, you had to scroll through over 200 projects, now you can click on an interactive map and filter the project list based on language and country.

The change in the indexing website is just the first step in a total redesign and improvement of the indexing experience. The coming year will see the all-new indexing program become more integrated with FamilySearch.org, bringing indexing to your Internet browser, enabling indexing on tablet devices,and much more.

Join us at RootsTech in February to learn more about what's coming. Visit the FamilySearch indexing booth in the exhibit hall, which is free and open to the public, to get a hands-on experience with the new indexing program, or attend the session "Introducing the new FamilySearch indexing tool."

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records

This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.

Take a look at http://www.deathindexes.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TreeSeek.com - 9 Generation Fan Chart

Another source for the popular 9-generation fan chart.  This site goes a step further and provides some additional charts that print directly from your information nFS.  Log in with your nFS username and password and the charts are free.  Choose from a 4 (great for newly called missionaries), 9 or 10 generation pedigree chart, 4 or 9 generation fan chart or name cloud chart.  You can also select who you want to start with.  Select a close family member or simply input the pid number of any individual in nFS.  Check out the charts at TreeSeek.com.
Source: Logan Family History Newsletter Vol 13 Issue 1

Monday, January 2, 2012

FamilySearch Learning Center Midwest Series

Have an ancestor from the Midwest or just want to learn more about using census and vital records? The U.S. Midwest Beginning Research Series is a new online learning series available at the FamilySearch.org Learning Center. The series can help people start their family history research in the Midwest states. Check out all three lessons in the series today.
Source: FamilySearch - Dec 2011