Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Legacy Family Tree 7.5 to be release January 17, 2011

Posted at http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/

Legacy Family Tree 7.5 has now received official FamilySearch certification in four new categories and will be available as a free update for both Standard and Deluxe edition users on Monday, January 17, 2011.
For years, FamilySearch has worked on developing a web application for researchers to be able to interact with a very large, unified database of connected genealogical information. This new system is being released in phases - first for members of the LDS church while it is tested and perfected, and then to the public. This new database, commonly known as "New FamilySearch" is the database with which Legacy 7.5 will interact. All other databases, including the new Historical Records, Family Trees, and Library Catalog are currently open to everyone at http://www.familysearch.org/.
Who should install this update?
Everyone. Although the only major new feature in the 7.5 update will be the addition of more new FamilySearch integration tools, there will be dozens of minor additions and fixes for everyone. However, gaining access to the new FamilySearch databases requires an account. Currently, registering for a new account is restricted to members of the LDS church.
New FamilySearch Certifications
  • Sync - ability to keep FamilySearch family tree current with Legacy's information for selected persons and information (optional - you do not have to share anything if you do not desire)
  • Update - publish to new.familysearch.org family tree. Also includes request to combine matched individuals (also optional)
  • Ordinance Reservation (LDS-specific) - identify persons needing ordinances, prepare for Ordinance Request, and check for duplicate ordinances
  • Ordinance Request (LDS-specific) - request ordinances in order to print the ordinance cards
Previous FamilySearch Certifications
  • Access - search and read new.familysearch.org family tree
  • Print - print multiple reports and charts using online data from FamilySearch
  • Ordinance Status (LDS-specific) - read and display ordinance status information
  • PAF Import - PAF data can be imported into Legacy for use in the tree
We also expect to be certified in the "Helper" category for this update.
Register for our Legacy-FamilySearch webinars
As part of the Arizona Family History Expo in January we are teaching two classes about Legacy and its new FamilySearch tools. These classes will also be broadcast to a live webinar audience. Registration is free but space is limited.
Improving Your Use of New FamilySearch: Data Cleanup Strategies, Friday, January 21, 2011
New FamilySearch Made Easy with Legacy Family Tree, Saturday, January 22, 2011

Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 Family History Center Hours

The hours for 2011 will be Tuesday 1 - 9 pm  and  Wednesday  1 - 5 pm.

Sundays will be available to schedule for class instruction after 4 pm

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Updates to FamilySearch and New FamilySearch

Both www.familysearch.org and new.familysearch.org were updated this month.

The home page of www.familysearch.org opens with search fields to fill in to search for your relative.  The screen looks simple by design, but there is much information available.  Move your mouse around until you find links, where you can click and find the extensive information here for you.
One change in new.familysearch.org is that every person now has a Watch button. If you press this button you will receive an email notification when anyone makes changes to the watched person’s data.

Friday, December 24, 2010

FamilySearch.org - Update Site Now Available

Posted from the Legacy FamilyTree website on Dec 14, 2010:

SALT LAKE CITY–FamilySearch announced several changes today for its family history website,  FamilySearch.org. Online patrons will find millions of new records and images, over 40,000 helpful articles, over 100 interactive courses of instruction, and a dynamic forum to ask personal genealogy questions. The changes have been in testing for some time. FamilySearch will continue to implement the new website in phases to ensure all critical elements are functioning as desired. Once complete, the website will be promoted more broadly.
The new site offers the following free benefits to FamilySearch patrons:
  • Millions more scanned, historical documents and indexes that are published more frequently.
  • An improved search experience that looks through more content and gives more accurate results.
  • A thriving online genealogical community where patrons can give and receive help.
  • One user name and password for all FamilySearch products and services.
  • Responsive, reliable, and scalable hardware and software that will allow the site to grow and improve.
FamilySearch has published a helpful document called “Adjusting to the New Version of FamilySearch.org” and a video tutorial that summarizes the changes to the new site.  These new guides can be found under the “Changes at FamilySearch.org” link.

Sunday School Class

Handbook 2 - Administrating the Church 2010, page 29

A family history course may be taught during Sunday School or at another time that is more convenient for members. This course is organized under the direction of the Bishopric rather than the Sunday School president.  The teacher uses the Instructor's Guide to Temple and Family History Work to teach the lessons. The teacher is usually a family history consultant assigned by the bishopric. Lessons are generally conducted as workshops in which members actually complete family history work.