Monday, September 25, 2017

Free Webinars at FamilySearch

I missed today''s webinar, but coming up is another good one (

11 a.m. MST
12 p.m. CDT
Thursday 28 September!

Website: and Your Family Tree

 How to Start Your Family Tree


  •  Remember, Family Tree at FamilySearch is not meant to be a private tree for your dead relatives! 
  • However, if you want an online tree that is subject to being edited or added to by strangers, then you'll want to stay tuned to this channel!
    Why would anyone choose the 2nd Option?!  Well, folks who use FamilySearch Family Tree want to see their tree grow.  They want to connect with cousins.  They want collaboration (if it has been documented)!  If anyone changes the information and it is incorrect, you can change it back with little or no trouble.
  • FamilySearch Family Tree will interact with RootsMagic (your static, private version of your family tree) so that you can upload your info to Family Tree instead of entering each name separately.
    •  If you don't use RootsMagic, perhaps you will change your mind when you find out that your family tree at can be imported to RootsMagic and then be uploaded/integrated with FamilySearch!
    • Or not. If your previous software is compatible, then you can load it onto FamilySearch Family Tree, also.
  • Here's one of several video presentations at YouTube that you might want to watch, so that when I do a demonstration in a couple of weeks, you will be ahead of the game:
  • Also, explore the good things people have to say about Family Tree at FamilySearch: (in the search box, enter "FamilySearch Family Tree").

Indian River Genealogical Society

Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree

And Best of All (my opinion):  Ancestoring Blog/Site

My Challenge to You  

1.  Obtain a sign-in/account at Family Tree (FREE_)

2.  Choose a few of your dead ancestors (Start with your grand or great grand parents).  Enter them into the Family Tree and see what happens.  You can print out the results in pedigree form, if you like.

3.  Let me know your comments, questions, and so forth. (

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tidbits, Newsflash, and Family History News

#1:  Free Access to Legacy's Genealogy Webinars (
#2:  At, this week's "regular" no-pay newsletter: look for keywords "Evernote"; New York Health Dept Lock-up Vital Event Records;; Sussex Parish Records; Your Ancestor, a Convict Shipped to Australia?; Genealogy Events Calendar Update; New Records,; The person or persons in my class who can tell me why Dick Eastman's newsletter is shorter than usual will win a prize!

#3:  Have you seen the 5 tips to organize your Military Records at Blog? 

#4:  Free FamilySearch Webinars for September:

Class on Friday: Jon Sheperd will finish up his Cemetery Research Program; Margaret will demonstrate a popular feature of!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I subscribe....

Currently, I subscribe to an online genealogy magazine (FamilyTreeMagazine).  I believe it is also available in hard copy, too.  Well, wouldn't you know that some of the things I've been thinking about, lately, are topics in the latest issue?!!  Reading hasn't gone out of fashion, folks!

For example:

  • What is a State Research Guide [and why did the Family History Center quit carrying them?] offers two state guides each month.  If class goes well on Friday and we have time, I will tell you where to find the "old" state guides at
  • Family Tree Options:  Software, Online, ?
  • Recent weather events remind us:  What will happen to our Genealogy?  Where to you store your genealogy? 
  • Christmas is coming: What will you give your family?
  • Where do you back up your photos?
  • Hiring a Professional Genealogist--What you need to know

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Announcements (Area Events and More)

  • Registration Information for the Fall Session of the CLL (Center for LIfelong Learning)

  • Family History Center FWB: Open Thursday 10a.m.-4p.m. and Saturday 10a.m.-1p.m. 339 Lake Drive (off Memorial Pkway, behind Beal Memorial Cemetery, at LDS Chapel); Private appointments available; just email

  • 21st Annual Central Florida Family History Conference: Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2017, 9a.m.-4:00p.m. Orlando, Florida.  Featuring 16 World Class Family History Experts!

My Family History Hat!


Monday, August 07, 2017

Handout for Genealogy Newbies

Hope this handout which I'm going to utilize in my presentation on Wednesday, will be helpful to others, as well, who are just starting down that trail of research. A link for this document (PDF) can also be found at

My Family History: How Do I Begin?

1. It’s as easy as realizing that you already know something about your family history!
2. It’s crucial to write down (or record) what you know so that you can see WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW.

This is why, in the old days, we filled out “pedigree” or “ancestor” charts. Of course you can still choose those forms, if you want. You can even download them free on the Internet. is just one website among many that will let you download free charts.

There are also websites that will let you build a family tree on the Internet. If you utilize this tool, be sure you do not post information on your living relatives. Here are some options for creating your family tree online:


There are other online family trees, but the ones I have given you are among the most popular and reliable.

Other websites you will want to look at:
  5. (search for genealogy or “family history”) Many videos!
  6. (search places, towns, and more)
  7. Beginners’ Guide to Genetic Genealogy:'_guides_to_genetic_genealogy
  8. Google Earth and/or
Looking for a good book about Genealogy? Search

Finding ancestral trails begins and ends with three important pieces of information: Who? When? Where? Apply these questions to every vital life event: Birth, Marriage, Death; (aka batch, match, and dispatch)!

We are looking for the name of your ancestor as it would have occurred at the time of his birth; we want to guestimate his date of birth if we don’t already know it. We need to know a general idea of where that event occurred, if possible. Newspapers are a possible source, family Bibles, birth announcement cards and maybe you can glean some info from a photograph or two.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A Reason to Do Family History

  •  A reason to do genealogy and seek out your family history:   
  It has never been more important to know your family's health history.  Read the article here and 
  1. Start sending for death certificates.  
  2. Dig about in the attics and basements for clues about meds your family member took.
  3. Investigate stories that might include information about the ancestors' health, especially pension applications...or whatever you can find.  
  4. And for Pete's (or whoever's) sake, talk to living relatives, especially older living relatives...even if they are distant relatives.  
  5. Find county histories and speak to old-timers in the are where your relatives lived.  Review newspapers and photographs.  Learn the signs (physical signs) of genetic diseases and consult medical dictionaries if you have questions.
  6. Recently I was working on an indexing project which dealt with field hospitals and in this case, a particular hospital that treated the diseases and sicknesses of both local folks and the soldiers coming out of the 1865 civil war fighting.  Names, ages, and the disease or cause of their being at the medical facility were recorded.  This source was not specially tied to genetic disease, but reminded me that our ancestors suffered in a time that the existence of antiseptics had not yet made an appearance.  There was no such thing as a deterrent or cure for typhoid.  We are linked to those ancestral experiences if only through DNA.  Let science and technology become a part of your family history, now.