Friday, January 28, 2011

Genealogy Websites & New FamilySearch Update

Most Recent Genealogy Records by Country - I found this site, Genealogy in Time, today on Cyndis List and thought it looked helpful. It contains a handy guide to the most recent genealogy records on the internet organized by country and region.
Submitted by Barbard DeHart  (from Logan FH Newsletter 26 Jan 2011)

West Virginia Vital Records Online - This site includes birth, death and marriage records. The years of coverage vary with the type of record. You can even view, print and save the original images the records were indexed from.
Source: Tony Brandy, Internet Genealogy, Oct/Nov 2010

NewFamilySearch Update
The new beta update version of new FamilySearch will begin testing on Monday Jan 31.  A major feature of this update is that it is being released to 2000 nonmembers.

(Source: Ammon Footshills Family History Newsletter - Jan 30, 2011)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

FamilySearch January 2011 Bloginar Recording Now Available

The FamilySearch January 2011 Bloginar was held last week. A recording is now available online. You can now listen to and view the free presentation and discussions at FamilySearch Wiki. Go to, and search FamilySearch Bloginar.

Following is a summary of the January Bloginar agenda.

  • FamilySearch latest collection updates
  • Indexing milestone(s)
  • RootsTech 2011 Conference Update: Overview of Scheduled Open Panels and Discussions
  • FamilySearch Research Courses Online
  • 90 day outlook of upcoming developments
  • New webinars and podcasts offerings
  • Big picture of research curricula coming online
  • Community involvement and free training recording services
See Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter by Dick Eastman, January 25, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Turn Your Family Tree Into a Personalized Memory Game

Online family tree builder and genealogy website has created a virtual family history memory game. No, it isn't a pop quiz on your family tree, but a matching competition similar to concentration. To create the game, you must register for a free account and upload a GEDCOM file to the site. Users can then automatically generate personalized picture cards of close relatives and ancestors based on their family tree. Following the same rules as a typical memory game, users can play online against other family members or solo against the clock. With a webcam option, players can even include a live picture of themselves in one pair of the cards.
Source: Genealogy Insider Blog, Post by Jamie, Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010

LDS Ward and Stake Directory

With the expansions the Church is making to its websites, an LDS account is becoming more and more valuable. An LDS Account allows you to:
  • Access ward and stake information.
  • Login to and learn more about your family’s history.
  • Access secure Church websites.
  • Create a profile on and start sharing your testimony online.
  • Access your personal study notebook on
  • Make purchases in the new online store, coming soon.
Source: (Church News and Events)

Family History Tip of the Week
Do you have your LDS Account?  Your LDS Account will let you access many LDS sites on the Internet.  To obtain your LDS account:
-     Find your membership # - from your temple recommend or from the membership clerk.
-     On the Internet go to
o   On the "LDS Account" home page click the "Register for an LDS Account" button.
o   Enter your membership # and follow the directions. (Remember your user name and password!)

On the Internet go to
·   Click on Tools at the upper right
·   Click on Directory
     Sign in using your lds account
The default is to Households.

Click on My Household. Each member of the family is listed. There is space for each one to have a photo, phone number and email address.

By clicking Edit Profile, you can add this information for each member of the family. You can only edit your own family.  Any information entered is made public unless you choose not to have it made public. 

In that case, only authorized leaders of the ward and stake can view your information.  You cannot add pictures for others unless you are signed in under their lds account.

Click on Photos and notice that there is a space to add a photo for each family. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

RootsMagic and New FamilySearch for Family History Centers

Roostmagic is offering free online RootsMagic classes (webinars) to the public.  But on the evening of Thursday, January 13th they will be presenting a PRIVATE webinar just for FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS.

Family History Center directors, staff, and consultants are invited to this private webinar.

This webinar will cover how to use RootsMagic to easily search the FamilySearch Family Tree and to share data and collaborate with others using this tremendous online resource. You’ll also learn how RootsMagic can find, reserve, and track incomplete temple work.

Best of all, we will be showing all the new FamilySearch features just announced in our latest release: Discussions support, temple ordinance card tracking, historical record searching, saved logins, sharing of Family Ordinance Requests (FORs), and more.

RootsMagic 4 and the free RootsMagic Essentials won the FamilySearch Software Award for "Easiest to Sync", and are the first- and currently the only- software to be Discussions Certified by FamilySearch.

To reserve your Webinar seat now, visit:

We should have plenty of room (the class will be limited to the first 1000 people to sign up), but if you miss out or can't make it, don't worry because we will record the class for you to download and watch later.

Rootsmagic Webinar Free Online Classes

Roostmagic is now offering free online classes.  Classes are on everything from getting started with RootsMagic to advanced features like creating custom reports, and everything in between.  Other classes on their other products will be offered as well: Personal Historian, Family Atlas, and Family Reunion Organizer.

Each class will be limited to the first 1000 people to sign up, but if you miss out or can't make it, the class will be recorded to download and watch later.

To sign up for the free classes, click the link for RootsMagic Blog under Favorite Links in this blogspot.

Here are the first 5 classes Rootsmagic will be offering:

Getting Started with RootsMagic
Sat, Jan 8, 2011 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM MST

Publishing a Family History with RootsMagic
Tue, Jan 11, 2011 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM MST

FamilySearch Made Easy with RootsMagic
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MST

RootsMagic To-Go: Running RootsMagic on a Flash Drive
Mon, Jan 24, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM MST

Sources, Citations, and Documentation with RootsMagic
Fri, Feb 4, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM MST