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Friday, February 6, 2015

If You Are In Utah...(or visiting!)

Our third annual Family Discovery Day will be held on March 7, 2015 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. All are invited and the event is free. Registration information is provided above. This day is for all ages and abilities and you don't have to live in the Pleasant Grove area. We welcome all! Hope to see you there! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

February Classes at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City

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During the month of February, the Family History Library will be hosting a number of free online family history classes as well as a Boy Scout genealogy merit badge workshop. These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach important family history techniques. They are free to the public. Information about specific classes is listed below, as well as information on how to register for classes.
The Family History Library Announces Free Classes for February, 2015
February 7:       Registros civiles y censos. This class provides instructions on how to use Spanish civil registers and census records. It is for Spanish-speaking guests and is taught in Spanish. Class starts at 1:00 p.m.
February 21:     * Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop. This workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. Register for this 90-minute class at least one week prior to the workshop to find out which requirements should be completed before attending. For registration information, call 1-801-240-4673.
February 21:     Qué dice? Cόmo leer la escritura antigua. This class provides tips and guidelines for reading old Spanish handwriting. It is for Spanish-speaking guests and is taught in Spanish. Class starts at 1:00 p.m.
February 26:     FamilySearch Historical Records Collection Webinar. This class begins at 6:00 p.m. It provides an overview of what the FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has to offer researchers and some tips on how to get the most from your searches.
February 28:     * British Research Series. These classes include “British Resources on,” and “British Resources on” Classes run from 9:15 a.m. to noon.
February 28:     * German Research Series. These classes include “Learning to Read Old German Script” (2 hours) and “Extracting Information from German Church and Civil Records.” Classes run from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
February 28:     African-American Research Series. The topics include “Keynote Speaker,” “Beginning African-American Research: Post 1865,” and “Southern Plantation Records.” Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach others family history techniques.
*Registration is required for classes with an asterisk. Register by 9:00 p.m. the Thursday before the class date by sending an email to or calling 1-801-240-4950. Go to for additional information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

England Research Series--January 26-30, 2015

Photo Credit:David Iliff
There will be two topics presented each day at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. The topics included will be Online Websites, Maps & Gazetteers, England & Wales Census Records, England & Wales Civil Registration, Church of England Church Records, Nonconformist Church Records, Probate Records, Parish Chest Records, and Poor Law Records. If you have English ancestry, this webinar series is not to be missed! For more information, click here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge

Photo Credit: BSA

Do you know of a Boy Scout that needs help earning the Genealogy Merit Badge? Possibly you are in an area where there isn't much opportunity to earn this badge? On January 17, 2015, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah will be presenting a Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop. It is 90 minutes long and you will need to register at least one week prior to this workshop. Call 801-240-4673 for more information!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Spanish Genealogy Classes

Family History Library
In January 2015 there will be two Spanish genealogy classes offered by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 1:00pm
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Click here for more information.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Simple Christmas Projects for Children

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There is nothing better during the Christmas season than little projects with your kids...yours, mine, ours, the neighbors, cousins, etc. The holiday season is a fun time to bond together and create lasting memories. FamilySearch has some great ideas for Christmas projects to do with children. Check out the ideas here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Ideas and Traditions

Photo Credit: AlexR
Can you believe that it is Christmas time again? I love Christmas! It is so fun to get together with family and friends and celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Christmas is also a great time to create those lasting family memories and traditions that bind us together for a lifetime!

Our family has created some fun traditions over the years:

We do the traditional scripture reading.
When the kids were little, we acted out the nativity scene.
We have Christmas stockings and a tree. The tree is decorated with many ornaments that the kids have made over the years!
We always participate in our neighborhood food drive for the food bank.
For our Christmas dinner, we choose and prepare food from different countries.
We send Christmas cards.
We take lots of pictures.
We call family members that don't live close to us.
We used to bake Christmas cookies until I finally admitted that I don't like to bake. Some years my husband does the cookies now and some years we do without!
This year we created a family cookbook. Hopefully my kids will open it and at least look at the family history pictures.
At the moment, our favorite tradition is creating photo books for each of our grandkids. They are priceless and the grandkids love to see themselves through the past year. Desktop publishing has become so easy and affordable that my husband looks forward to creating the books every year.

As you can see, there are many, many ways to create family traditions. The list above is just a sampling of our family traditions. For more ideas, see these Christmas Ideas from FamilySearch!
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