Friday, March 25, 2011

Webinar - Backing Up Your Data

Anyone with a computer needs to watch the recording of Thomas MacEntee's webinar, Backing Up Your Genealogy Data. One of our viewers described it perfectly when she said, "Even if you think you know everything about backups, I'd recommend watching the video. He brings up things that we don't always think about." This is how I would describe it as well.

Viewing the recording
If you could not make it to the live event earlier today, the 1 hour 31 minute recording of Backing Up Your Genealogy Data is now available in our webinar archives. Visit to watch. The free recording will be available until April 4, 2011.

Article posted at - March 23, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011 Launches as World’s Largest Free Genealogy Search Engine

Industry breakthrough provides instant search results for billions of names, dates and places worldwide

BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)™ (, a free search engine geared toward genealogists and people interested in learning more about their family history. enables the search of more than 50 billion words - including billions of names, dates and places, all within fractions of a second. fills an important industry need by providing the first large-scale, free search engine for family history research. Coupled with the speed and accuracy by which search results are produced, represents a major technological breakthrough within the genealogy world.

Visitors to are simply required to type in the names of interest and click on Search. All related results from industry sources such as genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals will be displayed. Similar to other search engines, honors site owners by linking directly to their content.

Cliff Shaw, founder and CEO of Mocavo Inc., identifies the current trouble for genealogists and the solution that provides, “Genealogy has always had the problem of information and potential clues being spread across thousands of disparate web sites and sources. Imagine a world where you have all of the Web’s free genealogy content at your fingertips within seconds. That is”

“ has the capacity to index every single piece of free genealogy content found anywhere on the web, and will be growing by leaps and bounds in the coming months,” said Mr. Shaw. “We expect to shortly offer all of the web’s free genealogy information, searchable and accessible to all – something that has never been done before. It’s set to become the go-to search engine for every family history enthusiast.”

Mocavo Inc. is the brainchild of Cliff Shaw. Mr. Shaw is well known in the industry, having created four successful companies and many innovative technologies, including Smart Matching™, the most successful ancestor-matching algorithm. He created GenForum 14 years ago and it quickly grew to become the number one community for genealogists (now owned by® (NASDAQ:ACOM)). In the early 2000’s, Mr. Shaw launched GenCircles and Family Tree Legends, becoming the number two family tree publishing site and number two family tree software package respectively (both are now owned by More recently, Mr. Shaw launched the well-received, the industry’s only automatic tree backup solution.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

More Internet Sites

The Church is experimenting with many new internet sites. It is difficult to keep up.  Another new search site for family history is:
This site promotes some specific resources.  It contains many community trees, and some oral history databases.  It is searchable.

Oral Genealogies are spoken lineage-linked genealogies from localities throughout the world.  Many localities have no written records and oral genealogies may be the only records available for genealogical research.
Check out all the links from the home page to investigate the possibilities here.  This site contains links to random Family History information, like a family history newsletter.  It contains new updates as to what the Church is doing in this area.

To be up-to-date on the latest family history technologies that aren’t ready for prime time, stay tuned to:  To be simply amazed, check out the “Life Browser Prototype”. 

From the Ammon Foothills Family History Newsletter - dated 3 March 2011