Thursday, January 10, 2019

FamilySearch's Updated Records

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 New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 7, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY, UTFamilySearch added over 600,000 free indexed historical records this week from Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, and Ohio in the United States.  Almost 200,00 digital images were also added from BillionGraves. 
Research these free new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.
Country
Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
Chile
688
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic
1,059
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany
3,457
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hungary
113,787
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Other
173,946
173,946
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
South Africa
330,782
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States
20,709
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection






Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.
ABOUT FAMILYSEARCH
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

FamilySearch News

FamilySearch has release news on some of the new things they'll be implementing in the new year:



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What's Coming from FamilySearch in 2019 

FamilySearch creates free services to promote family fun and family history discoveries. SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (7 January 2019), The popular, free genealogy website, FamilySearch.org, announced its 2019 plans to enhance its record search and Family Tree search capabilities and introduce new interactive discovery experiences. FamilySearch is a global leader in the growing Family History market segment, serving 12 million users worldwide.
In addition to over 300 million additional historical records and images for family history discoveries, look for the following new offerings in 2019.
1. Online Interactive Discovery Experiences
For the first time, fun discovery experiences that have been available only at life-sized, interactive kiosks in select FamilySearch venues will also be available on FamilySearch.org in 2019. Making these three discovery experiences available online will expand the reach of the activities to more patrons globally.
  • All about Me
Have you ever wondered about the origin and meaning of your name or what events happened in the year you were born? The All about Meexperience will allow you to discover these fun things about yourself and also about your ancestors.
  • Picture My Heritage
This simple and fun experience lets you insert yourself digitally into traditional clothing related to your heritage. On Picture My Heritage, you can save your custom photos or share them with friends and family.
  • Record My Story
Priceless stories and memories from you or family members can be recorded on Record My Storyand added—by text or audio—to FamilySearch.org or downloaded to another source.
2. Family Tree and Friends, Associates, and Neighbor (FAN) Relationships
The free FamilySearch Family Tree will give users the ability to record other relationships to an ancestor beyond immediate family members, when applicable, such as friends, associates, and neighbors (FAN). This function will aid research by allowing users to record information about other people living in an ancestor’s household as noted in a historical record, such as boarders or staff.
FamilySearch will continue to develop site experiences that enable families to connect with their ancestral homelands near and far. FamilySearch.org will also provide more help throughout the site to make it easier for visitors to accomplish key tasks in a few simple steps.
3. Updated Find Capability
The FamilySearch Family Tree search capacity will be significantly updated to provide faster and better results. Another innovation will allow search engines such as Google to present names and limited facts from the Family Tree to online search queries without the searcher being signed into FamilySearch.org. This feature will enable millions of people searching for their ancestors online to discover the vast, free services FamilySearch offers them.
4. Memories
Millions of people use FamilySearch Memories to record, preserve, and share their family photos, historical documents, and stories. In 2019, users will be able to record audio remembrances related to a photo they have uploaded. Memories will also give users the capability to organize items in an album according to their interests or needs.
5. RootsTech London 2019
RootsTech will hold an additional conference in 2019 in London, England.
The first international version of the highly successful RootsTech family history conference will be held in London on October 24–26, 2019, at the ExCel London Convention Center.
The RootsTech London 2019 convention will not replace the annual conference in Salt Lake City (held on February 27–March 2, 2019) but will be an additional RootsTech event. Registration for RootsTech London opens in February 2019.
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About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

FamilySearch January Classes

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 Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for January 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah (4 January 2019), The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free famiy history classes and webinars for January 2019.  The focus of instruction this month will be on beginners. Learn how to use the powerful, free resources of FamilySearch.org and cool tips and tricks (both in English and Spanish) to help expand your family tree. Participants can attend in person or online. See the calendar below for the complete list of classes. No registration is required.
If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All classes are in mountain daylight time (MDT).

DATE / TIME
CLASS
WEBINAR | ROOM
Saturday, 5 January, 1:00 P.M. MDT
Recursos genealógicos del Caribe Hispano (Beginner)
Tuesday, 8 January, 10:00 A.M. MDT
Overview of FamilySearch (Beginner)
Tuesday, 15 January, 10:00 A.M. MDT
Navigating, Adding, and Editing, Standardization of Dates and Places on Family Tree (Beginner)
Saturday, 19 January, 1:00 P.M. MDT
Una vista general de FamilySearch (Beginner)
Tuesday, 22 January, 10:00 A.M. MDT
Tips and Tricks for Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch (Beginner)
Tuesday, 29 January, 10:00 A.M. MDT
Research Help and Searching Records on Family Tree (Beginner)
Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.
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About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Saturday Challenge: Collections


I finally finished writing this Saturday challenge from GeneaMusings from back in November: Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music!), is to:

1)   Most of us collect dead ancestors and relatives now - what did you collect when you were a child or teenager?

2)  Tell us about your collections in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment with a link to your post.
My shelves aren't this organized!

During my childhood I collected many different items as most kids do. Many of the collections have no rhyme or reason to them.

I collected Barbie dolls, usually the off-brand equivalents that I could con Mom into buying for me along with an extensive wardrobe. Other toys over the years were collected as well.

As I got older, the collections turned towards books. I have loved books at least since I learned to read. Some of the shorter books I might devour in a day. I used the school library during the school year, but never the public library. I had an idea that I couldn’t use them, as there were none close around us. The Auburn library was, of course, for the city of Auburn and we lived out in the country away from there. I even have a vague memory that she told me (incorrectly) that the Powers Library in Moravia was for the village only. It seems odd, since Mom used the library extensively as a child, but she never introduced me to the fact that there was a public library nearby that I could use besides the school’s library.

I also hated to get rid of books after I’d read them. They had quickly become friends of mine and I liked to dip back into them from time to time. I would often re-read them several times over until I had certain passages memorized. Even if I didn’t re-read the entire book, I might read a passage or two or a chapter before I put it back on the shelf. This became a bit problematic at one time. Mom told me that I could only keep as many books as fit into the bookcase in my room. Dad, ever an enabler, would keep buying me more regardless. After a little thought, I had my solution. As I was a teenager by then, Mom didn’t clean my room, but left it to my responsibility. The bookcase would be nearly filled, but never quite full. Under the bed, in my dresser, and other places, however, were another story!

As I progressed through my teen years, another collection started developing. On pieces of paper and index cards there was information. Old newspaper clippings my Dad found and gave to me. Letters and such. You guessed it; I had started collecting dead relatives.

Changed from the original, these last two collections are the ones that have remained over the years.

The books have less of an emphasis on the fiction that I mostly read in middle and high school. There are many cookbooks and books on gardening and homesteading now. The vast majority of the collection has to do with either social history of times past or genealogy itself. A thorough “weeding” as librarians call it was done several years ago when my husband and I were married. Titles weren’t eliminated then, rather, we merged collections and made sure there was only one copy of each title!

The dead relatives have moved from those scraps of paper and index cards to file drawer after file drawer of papers neatly tucked into folders. At the same time, the database on the computer was started. Today it is slowly migrating to the database, reports and other papers. However, most of those are kept in digital format and the paper files are slowly being eliminated as the get scanned.

Thus although the content and sometimes the physical make-up of my collections have changed, they are virtually the same as that of my late teen years.