30 January 2012

Ancestry.com, Behindthename.com, and WeRelate.com Announce an Improved Approach For Finding Variant Names

Ancestry.com, BehindTheName.com, and WeRelate.org announce an improved approach to finding variant names in genealogy searches.  Up to now, most genealogy websites have had to rely upon Soundex to return variant names in response to searches. These approaches often miss variants that should be returned, or include variants that aren't very similar.

Ancestry.com, BehindTheName.com, and WeRelate.org have created an open-source database of name variants that is free for any website or genealogy software developer to use. Tested against pairs of names provided by Ancestry.com, it reduces the number of missed name variants by over 25% in comparison with Soundex.

How you can help: A large portion of genealogical expertise involves learning variant spellings for the surnames in your tree. Why not share your knowledge with others? By adding your variant spellings to the database, searches on any website that uses it will include your variant spellings automatically. You can review and add variant spellings here: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Special:Names

In addition, we need people to review the changes that others have made to the database, to make sure that we have multiple pairs of eyes reviewing the names that are being added and removed. You can review changes that others have made here: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Special:NamesLog

If you are a website or software developer: The database and source code are available at: https://github.com/DallanQ/Names

In addition to the database of name variants, the source code also includes a function to return the similarity score between any two names. This function has been found useful in duplicate detection.

More information about the project can be found at: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/WeRelate:Variant_names_project

Win an iPad Thanks to RootsMagic and Rootstech!

I know you all see plenty of posts on facebook about winning a new iPad but this one is FOR REAL. In conjunction with the week's Rootstech conference, RootsMagic is giving two away!  ... and YES, IT's FREE! You don't even have to be in attendance to win! Just follow the rules as listed below. (Keep scrottling to find the clue!) The following is from our friends at RootsMagic! 

         It’s been a tremendous last few months here at RootsMagic. We’ve been busy with the new releases of Personal Historian 2 and RootsMagic 5. We're also excited to participate in one of the largest genealogy events in North America- RootsTech!

We want to celebrate these momentous events with you, our loyal users! And what better way to celebrate than with a treasure hunt where you could win one of many prizes including an iPad 2!

Online Treasure Hunt

We've partnered with 15 of the best and brightest genealogy bloggers who will be reporting at the RootsTech conference. Each blogger will place one of 15 clue words on their website
From Thursday, February 2 through Wednesday, February 8, 2012, visit http://www.rootsmagic.com/treasure for a complete list of the blogs where the 15 clue words can be found. Visit each blog, collect all 15 clue words, and you could win software, prizes, or an iPad 2!

Enter at RootsTech or at Home

Once you've collected the clues there are two ways to enter. The first is at the RootsTech conference itself. Pick up an entry card at the RootsMagic booth (#224) in the Exhibit Hall. Write the clue words on the back of the card and return it to the RootsMagic booth in the Exhibit Hall by Saturday, February 4 at 1:20 pm. At that time, we will hold the prize drawings. You must be present to win.

We didn't want those who aren't able to attend RootsTech in person to feel left out so we're holding a second drawing and giving away more prizes including a second iPad 2. To enter this drawing, visit http://www.rootsmagic.com/treasure anytime between Thursday, February 2 and midnight MST on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Fill out the online form to be entered into the second drawing. You may enter both drawings but one entry per person, per drawing. Winners will be picked at random and notified via e-mail by Friday, February 10, 2012.

Remember, the treasure hunt doesn't begin until this Thursday. Good luck!

28 January 2012

African-American and Swedish Research Series Classes at Family History Library in February

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Genealogists and family history enthusiasts looking for help with African-American research will be interested in African-American classes held at the Family History Library in February. A free African-American Research Series will be held on Saturday, February 11 at the Family History Library. The classes will include:

 9:00 a.m.    “Four Key Resources for Research”
10:15 a.m.  “Genealogical Proof Standard for Solving Research Problems”
11:30 a.m.  “Southern Plantation Records”

For those looking for help with Swedish research a free Swedish Research Series will be held on Saturday, February 25 at the Family History Library. The classes will include:

 9:00 a.m.    “Swedish Military Records and Strategies - Army”
10:00 a.m.  “Swedish Military Records and Strategies - Navy”
11:00 a.m.  “Reconnecting with Living Relatives in Sweden”

To view the class schedule online, go to www.familysearch.org.  Classes will be held in the Main Floor classroom of the Family History Library.  The library is located west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple Streets in downtown Salt Lake City.  On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum.  To register for these free classes, send an email to FHLClassReg@familysearch.org or call 1-801-240-4950. 

All Your Rootstech Tips, Tricks and Blogs

I'm so getting ready for Rootstech and so are many of you. I've been busy trying to keep track of everyone's ideas, suggestions and insights into getting the absolute most out of the Rootstech experience. And there are so many wonderful fellow bloggers out there who are posting like crazy. It's a flurry of activity. So I'm going to try to create an index here of what I'm finding in this week or so leading up to Opening Day at Rootstech.

Last Minute Deal and Why You Should be at Rootstech:
   Rootstech - Should You Go? (Mormon Life Hacker)

Rootstech Website:
   Rootstech Conference Guide - pdf file
   Schedule for FH Consultants, Priesthood Leaders and FH Directors

Mobile App:
   Mobile App (GenealogyInsider-Jan 25)
   Rootstech App Available for Download (GeneaMusings-Randy Seaver-Jan 24)
   Rootstech App: A Wonderful Resource for Attendees (SCGS Jamboree-Jan 25)
   Rootstech App Is Available (For Your Family Story-Caroline Pointer-Jan 24)

Prepping for the Conference:
   Prepare Before Attending  (Granite Genealogy-SueMaxwell)
   What is Your Rootstech Strategy (Geneabloggers-Randy Seaver)
   Wallflowers Guide to Rootstech (The We Tree Blog-Amy Coffin)
   11 Tips for Attending Rootstech (GenBlog-Julie Cahill Tarr)
   Preparing for Rootstech (Elyse's Genealogy Blog-Elyse Doerflinger)
   Road Trip to Rootstech (The Armchair Genealogist-Lynn Palermo)
   Syllabi Before You Go (Behold Genealogy-Louis Kessler)
   Robert Raymond - FamilySearch Deputy to CGO

Getting Around Salt Lake:
   Quick Insider's Guide (The Chart Chick-Janet Hovorka, who, by the way is the President of UGA here in Utah.)
   Salt Lake Travel and Tourism - Updated Daily

Visiting the Family History Library:
   The Insiders Guide to the Family History Library and SLC (The Ginger Jewish Genealogist-Benai Feldstein)
   Research at the Family History Library (About.com Genealogy - Kimberly Powell)
   Tips For Visiting The Family History Library  (FamilySearch)
   Complete Overview of the Family History Library (FamilySearch)
   Tips for First Time Family History Library Visitors (Shelley Bishop)  

Newspaper Articles:
   Rootstech Conference (Deseret News-Jan 25)
   Genealogy 'Idol' Quest Takes Place (Litchfield County Times-Jan 18)
   Utah Family History Conference Will Broadcast Live

Sponsorship Info:
   brightsolid Sponsors Rootstech (EOGN-Jan 24)
   brightsolid: A Main Partner of Rootstech 2012 (Dear Myrtle-Jan 24)
   brightsolid Sponsors Rootstech 2012 (Press Dispensary-Jan 24)
   APG a sponsor of Rootstech

Presenters - Featured
   Steve Morse - creator of the "One-Step" website
   Dallan Quass - developer behind WeRelate
   Chris Whitten - creator of WikiTree
   Scott Woodward - Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundattion and subsidiary, GeneTree
   David Embley - Key Ideas to be Learned From his Presentation - for software developers
   Patricia Van Skaik - Author, web master, manager, conference organizer, etc!
   Capers McDonald - Exec in Residence and faculty member of John Hopkins University
   Amy Johnson Crow - Certified Genealogist and manager at Archives.com
   Robert Lee - Working on Masters in technology at BYU
   Daniel Horowitz - My Heritage Chief Genealogist
   Tevya Washburn and Kurt Francom - LifeHacker.com
   Devin Ashby - Community Advocate for FamilySearch

   Janet Hovorka of The Chart Chick by Amy Coffin at The We Tree Blog
   Martha Mercer - Maia's Books by Shelley Bishop at A Sense of Family

Live Streaming:
   Sessions You Can Watch From Home (GenealogyInsider-Jan 25)
   Rootstech: Live-Streaming Sessions (The Armchair Genealogist-Lynn Palermo)
   Rootstech to Stream Live Sessions (Adventures in Genealogy Education-Angela McGhie-Jan 26)
   Rootstech 2012 Live Streaming Schedule (Roger's Ramblings-Roger Moffat)
   Rootstech 2012 Live Streaming (Bella Online Genelogy - Tina Sansone)
   Watch Select Rootstech Presentations Online - FamilySearch Tech Tips
   Rootstech Notes-Live Broadcast (Genealogy Star-James Tanner) 

   Rootstech Unconferencing Schedule
   Genealogical Society Webmasters - Rootstech 2012 Unconference
   fhiso-Build a Better Gedcom

Genealogy Idol:
   Rootstech Genealogy Idol-Your Vote Counts!
   Genealogy Idol Competition
   Gen Idol-At Least We Won't Be Singing
   How Will Be The Next Genealogy Idol?
   Genealogy Idol Finalists

Vendor Posts about Rootstech:   
   Stories To Tell (An interview by Amy Coffin at We Tree)
   RootsMagic Treasure Hunt
   Billion Graves
   My Heritage (World Vital Records
   Ancestry.com - Scanning Books (Ancestry Insider)
   Mocavo - Context Give-Aways

Other Blog Posts:
   Four Genealogists Compete for Top Honors at Rootstech (GenealogyInsider-Diane Haddad)
   Be Sure You Check the Right Schedule to Avoid Disappointment (Deb's Delvings-Debbie Parker Wayne)
   Let's Get Happy and Bump at Rootstech (For Your Family Story-Caroline Pointer)
   Who Will Be The Next Genealogy Idol? (Elyse's Genealogy Blog-Elyse Doerflinger)
   I'll Be At Rootstech (Behold Genealogy - Louis Kessler)

Post Conference Webinars:
   DearMyrtle's Rootstech 2012 Review

If I have missed some of the better ones from this last week or so or new ones get posted and I miss them, please let me know.

17 January 2012

FamilySearch Record Updates

More new FREE records have been added to FamilySearch over the last month or so and are listed below. Hopefully you are finding these updates and links helpful in finding more information about your ancestors. Some of them take a little extra work on our parts because the databases have not yet been indexed, however, having access from the comfort of your cozy home is much easier than waiting for microfilm to come and then having to sit and scroll through it at a local Family History Center or Library.

FamilySearch can really use many more people to help index these valuable records and they NEED YOU! You can volunteer by registering at the FamilySearch Indexing Site.

Remember that some of these files are updates, some are browsable images and some are indexed.

Canada, Saskatchewan Judicial District Court Records, 1891-1954
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987
Estonia, Church Books, 1835-1940
Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880
Mexico, Campeche, Civil Registration, 1860-1926
Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1833-1996
Mexico, Hidalgo, Civil Registration, 1861-1967
Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940 
Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002
Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002
Mexico, Veracruz, Civil Registration, 1821-1949
Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration. 1860-1926
Russia Tver Church Books, 1722-1918
South Korean Genealogies, 1500-2009
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1641-1860
United States:
  Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950
  California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967
  Georgia Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1909
  Illinois, Cook County, Maywood, Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002
  Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970
  Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846-1880
  Maine, Aroostook County, Probate Records, 1837-2007
  Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966
  Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1881
  New Hampshire, Hillsborough County, Manchester, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007
  New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938
  New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921
  North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970
  Ohio, Stark County Coroner's Records, 1890-2002
  Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010
  Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection
  Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954
  Washington State County Land Records, 1852-1935
  Washington State County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950
  Washington State County Records, 1885-1950
  Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records, 1848-1980

New images have been added to the following databases unless otherwise noted:
Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1990
Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888
Bolivia, Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996
Brazil Civil Registration, 1870-2009

Canada, Ontario Births, 1869-1912  (Index records)
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900
Canada, Saskatchewan, Judicial District Court Records, 1891-1954
Canada, Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2010                    
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1900
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2008                    
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1860-1975
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1935
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1850
Czech Republic, Třeboň, Nobility Seignorial records, 1664-1698

Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2006
El Salvador, Civil Registration Records, 1836-1910
England and Wales Census, 1871
England, Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538-1900  (Index records and images)
Estonia, Church Books 1835-194
Germany Marriages, 1558-1929  (Index records)
Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbühl Miscellaneous City Records, 1804-1946
Germany, Württemberg, Albstadt, Miscellaneous City Records, 1705-1850
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977

Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895  (Index records)                    
Hungary Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895  (Index records)
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941
Italy, Catania, Caltagirone, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1941
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905
Italy, Cuneo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1795-1915
Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
Italy, Pistoia, Pistoia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929
Italy, Trieste, Trieste, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1924-1939

Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration
Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2009
Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920
Micronesia, Pohnpei, Land Records, 1971-2007
Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-2008
Norway Census, 1875  (Index records)

Peru, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1980
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950
Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911
Portugal, Aveiro, Passport Registers, 1882-1965
Portugal, Aveiro, Testaments, 1900-1936
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938
Portugal, Diocese of Lamego, Catholic Church Records, 1532-1911
Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975
Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
Portugal, Leiria, Catholic Church Records, 1534-1911
Portugal, Leiria, Passport Registers, 1861-1901
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1582-1908
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911  
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909
Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2004
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1550-1920
Spain, Consular Records of Emigrants, 1808-1960
Spain, Consular Records of Emigrants, 1808-1960
Spain, Municipal Records
Sweden, Älvsborg Church Records, 1642-1897; index 1681-1860
Sweden, Blekinge Church Records, 1612-1916; index 1646-1860
Sweden, Gävleborg Church Records, 1616-1908; index 1671-1860
Sweden, Göteborg och Bohus Church Records, 1577-1932; index 1659-1860
Sweden, Gotland Church Records, 1582-1940; index 1655-1860
Sweden, Halland Church Records, 1615-1904; index 1615-1860
Sweden, Jämtland Church Records, 1582-1928; index 1642-1860
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860
Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577-1907; index 1625-1860
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860
Sweden, Skaraborg Church Records, 1612-1921; index 1625-1860

United States:

  Alabama State Census, 1855  (Index records)
  Alabama State Census, 1866  (Index records)
  Alabama, County Estate Records, 1800-1996
  Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950                      

  California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985  (Index records)                    
  California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931
  California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
  California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967
  Connecticut, Death Index, 1949-2001  (Index records)                    

  Delaware, Vital Records, 1680-1962
  District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950 (Index records and images)
  Florida Marriages, 1830-1993 (Index and images)                    
  Florida, Tampa, Passenger Lists, 1898-1945
  Georgia Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1909
  Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1960                      
  Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1960
  Idaho, Minidoka County Records, 1913-1961
  Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970
  Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920   (Index records)
  Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 (Jay and Hamilton counties)  (Index records)

  Kentucky, Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950
  Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954  (Index records and images)
  Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960
  Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957  (Index records and images)
  Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959

  Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966
  Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950
  Maryland, Garrett County Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1920-1940 
  Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983  Added Baltimore and Somerset counties
  Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943
  Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003 (Index records)
  Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1881
  Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920
  Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996   (Index records)
  Minnesota, Birth Index, 1935-2002  (Index records)
  Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962
  Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002   (Index records) 
  Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942
  Mississippi Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1900-1974
  Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951
  Mississippi, Tippah County Family Histories
  Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945
  Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1955
  Montana, Death Index, 1860-2007   (Index records) 

  New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records, 1830-1921
  New York State Census, 1875  (Index records)
  New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935  (Index records and images)
  New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938
  New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971
  New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921
  North Carolina Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970
  North Carolina, Birth Index, 1800-2000    (Index records) 
  North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979  (Index records and images)
  North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970
  North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1917
  North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909

  Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891-1959   (Index records and images) 
  Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958
  Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975  (Index records and images)
  Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998   (Index records) 
  Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885-1950    (Index records and images)                      
  Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931

  Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934  (Index records and images)
  Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997  (Index records)
  Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
  Texas Deaths, 1977-1986
  Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977  (Index records) 
  Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010 
  Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District Estate Files, 1779-1935
  Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records, 1796 to 1921
  Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

  Washington, County Records, 1856-2009
  Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907   (Index records) 
  Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997   (Index records) 
  Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935
  Wisconsin, Shawano and Oconto Counties, Indexes-Records, 1850-2007

United States, Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, 1925-1941
United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898
United States, New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906   (Index records) 
United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903  (Index) 
Wales, Probate Abstracts, 1544-1858

15 January 2012

RootsTech Schedules Are Posted - Come Join The Fun!

What will you be doing 17 days from now? Unless you will be in attendance at the RootsTech 2012 Family History and Technology Conference you will probably be pretty jealous of everyone that is!

Last February was the first annual RootsTech Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah and sponsored by FamilySearch. Of all the conferences, I've ever attended this was by far the best and most exciting. This year will be no exception. There will be plenty of classes available for genealogists, both beginning and experienced; as well as, workshops for developers. The Session Schedule has been posted to the RootsTech site so you can plan ahead. Don't waste your time during the Keynote addresses each day trying to decide what workshops to attend - plan that out right now for the best experience.

Here is a sampling of classes and workshops available for beginning users and genealogists:
      *  Learn about the various online paid databases and decide To Pay or Not to Pay.
      *  Unscramble those messy relationship problems on new FamilySearch.
      *  Too many internet sites? Want to know which are the best and most popular
      *  Learn to effectively use those paid websites (free at FH Centers and Libraries).

For those who have acquired the basics and want to learn more you will find additional classes and workshops, such as:
      *  Understanding just what "the Cloud" is and how it works.
      *  Using Google Earth to tell your family's story.
      *  Understanding and effectively using DNA in your research.
      *  Building and maintaining Blogs and Websites.
      *  Publishing your history as an E-book, online or printed.

Those are just a few of the many presentations and workshops available for users. To see the complete list for users, click here for the User Schedule.

If you are a developer see the complete Developer Schedule.

The Week-At-A Glance will help guide you through the all the activities planned for this terrific RootsTech Conference!  There is still time to register and join us!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Riverton FamilySearch Library to Host an Event on January 21st from 9:00 A.M. to Noon

RIVERTON, UTAH¾Ever wish that your enthusiasm for family history research was contagious and you could get priesthood leaders and others excited about the potential of family history and temple work? If so, you will not want to miss Shipley Munson’s keynote address at the Riverton Saturday Seminar on January 21. In his address, “Getting Priesthood Leaders Psyched,” he will share ideas intended to motivate and inspire leaders and others to do family history.

Shipley Munson serves as the director of the marketing division of FamilySearch. In this role, he helps people get excited about their family histories and works to establish the FamilySearch brand in the minds of the general public. Munson came to FamilySearch after a 25-year career in marketing where he advised such companies as Frito-Lay, McDonalds’s, Gillette, Apple, Delta Airlines, and Fidelity Investments. He speaks seven languages and has two degrees from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Following the 9:00 a.m. keynote presentation, there will be two blocks of four classes each that will cover topics of interest to both beginning and advanced family history enthusiasts.

Classes to be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. are:

           ·       “Records Say the Darndest Things”-The Ancestry Insider
  • “Pennsylvania Research: An Overview”-Tim Bingaman
  • “Navigating the Globe with Google”-Devin Ashby
  •  “Introduction to Italian Indexing”-Brad Jensen
The classes available from 11:00 a.m. to noon are:

           ·       “Tips, Tools, and Freebies, Part 1”-Ron Ray
  • “Learning to Read the Scandinavian Gothic Script”-Anka Macgee
  •  “FamilySearch Wiki: Our #1 Tool”-Pat Jensen
  •  “Features Beyond PAF 5 in Ancestral Quest”-Gaylon Findlay
Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740Market Center Drive.