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Mt. Timpanogos Temple, photo by Rick Satterfield, used with permission

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1940 US Census! Time to Get Excited!

I stumbled upon this YouTube video this morning. I must say that the thought of the 1940 US Census warms my heart! I too would love to hold up a picture of a relative and say, "He's in it!"

If you would like to discover "who's in it?" please consider volunteering to help index the 1940 US Census! Head on over to to sign up! Many indexers means faster access to those records of the "Greatest Generation!" Speaking of the "Greatest Generation," click here to see an enlightening little tidbit from the 1940's.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A New Blog to Follow!

Barry's Blog
I found a new genealogy blog to follow! I have been a big follower of Barry Ewell for quite a while, but I am super happy to know that he now has a blog. One thing that I really like about his classes is that he puts a lot of effort into his visuals. They are clear, colorful and very easy to understand! He is also very willing to share his visuals from his classes. After a class is over, he will give you his email and tell you what to write in the subject line so that you will get the right information. It is awesome! See an example of this here! If you are at a conference and see his name, stake out your place in the room. You won't be disappointed!
Barry is also the brains behind, a new genealogy website that will be launching very soon. Click on the link to read more about Barry Ewell.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Another 30 Million Records Added!

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FamilySearch has added another 30 million names to their database. They are accessible worldwide at Included in the new records are 16 million indexed names and 14 million browsable images. To learn more about the records added, click here!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Night Fun!

Once again, it's time to see what GeneaBloggers Talk Radio has going on. Tonight's episode is Give Me Your Tired Your Poor 19th Century US Immigration 02/17 by GeneaBloggers | Blog Talk Radio. Click on the link for full information about tonight's program. Ol 'Myrt of Dear Myrtle fame will be tonight's special host!

"GeneaBloggers Radio is about the most fun you can have with your genealogy on a Friday night!"
                                                                                                                     Thomas MacEntee

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Winner of the 2011 Crunchies Award!!!

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Have you ever heard of Evernote? It is a new darling on the genealogy scene. Evernote allows you to gather information and remember it effectively. If you are like me, gathering isn't the problem it's remembering where I put it! Check it out here!

By the way, for those of you who are curious or have never heard of the Crunchies Awards, go see their homepage. My brain just swims at the thought of how technology is changing the world!

If you love the tech aspect of genealogy as much as I do, you have to become a fan of Tech Tips from FamilySearch. Assorted contributors write about all manner of technologies that are particularly useful for the genealogist/family historian in all of us!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

QR Codes

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You know what they are, you just might not know the name of them... quick response! They are the little black and white squares that you can scan with your smart phone. Well, they are cropping up in the genealogy world too. There was a class at RootsTech this year by Thomas MacEntee ("Genealogical Uses for QR Codes") that you will want to read. I've heard some division on this subject but at least read the article and then you can see if it makes sense to you. As hard as it may be sometimes to change, technology is moving genealogy forward and will continue to do so. This article in the Deseret News will give you a little more understanding!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Attention Indexers! Indexing Goes Mobile!

This is from the RootsTech conference.

FamilySearch Launches Mobile Indexing App

FamilySearch launched its much-anticipated mobile application for indexing. The app will expand the capability of volunteers to help make the world’s historic records searchable online. The mobile app works on Apple iPads, iPhones, and Droid smartphones. To download the free app, search for the FamilySearch Indexing app in the Apple app store or Droid Market store online.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

RootsTech 2012 Live Streaming Sessions
Below is the schedule of live streaming sessions from the RootsTech Conference. All times are Mountain Standard Time. Just go to and look for the streaming sessions section. You won't be able to miss it! As of today, it is listed right under the Mobile Apps posting in the center of the page.

Thursday, February 2
8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community (Keynote Address) by Jay L. Verkler
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink   
3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick   

Friday, February 3
8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott   
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner  
1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly
3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney    

Saturday, February 4
8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Panel
9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke  
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner
1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk    

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