RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase – Game On!

In case you haven’t heard, RootsTech 2018 is changing the landscape for their popular Innovators program. This time, instead of a contest for cash prizes, it will be a Showcase to spotlight the best and brightest technology companies in family history. You can read more about it here.

So the first order of business is voting for the favorite, and this time the votes are cast by the public. (See “Voting” below for details on how to participate.) Continue reading “RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase – Game On!”

Learning About Mobile Devices & Apps

Mobile devices are used quite extensively for genealogy and family history now and it is projected, it will be even more so going forward. If you’d like to know more about doing family history “on the go” check out The Family History Guide, Project 7: Technology, Goal 2: Smart Phones and Tablets.

There you will find a great deal of general and specific information about how to work on your family history when you are away from your desktop or laptop computer. Of course all the big genealogy websites like Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, etc., have mobile apps and many companies like Find-A-Grave, Billion Graves, Ancestral Quest, etc., have apps too. The FamilySearch website also has more that 124 apps you can use if you have a free account. You can access them from the bottom of their homepage (click Apps). I saw this great little video this morning about FamilySearch apps on your smart phone.

I recently watched a BYU Library YouTube video by James Tanner speaking about Google Docs and how it can be used as a tool to eliminate the long lines of people waiting outside the Salt Lake Family History Library in the mornings. He said he wonders what others must think, as they see all these people toting their suitcases. To those unfamiliar with genealogists, it must look like they are moving into the Library.

How nice to unburden ourselves of all the paper with these wonderful mobile devices and apps. With so much mobility and many ways to store what we need electronically, maybe someday we won’t have to worry about tripping over rolling suitcases full of paper at places like RootsTech anymore!

October is Family History Month – plan to make it memorable with the FHG

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to make October “Family history Month.” Senator Hatch felt that in searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family. I think we would all agree, and add that we also come closer together in our individual families. See how The Family History Guide can help you and your family fill October with activities to remember. You will find ideas for any aspect of family history from research to making your own history – and everything in between. Start at the Home Page. Here you will find the Quick Start Menu (see below) with six categories from which to choose activities best suited for your family history celebration next month – and every month!





The Family History Guide and “Just In Time Learning”

Being a California girl, I love the redwood trees along our coastline. I love how small they make me feel as we walk next to them. There is something so awesome and reverent about them. I’ve noticed people often whisper in places like Muir Woods, if they talk at all.

Sometimes I feel exactly like that when I realize how much I do not know about Family History and Genealogy. Sometimes I feel that same way when I am surrounded by brilliant people that are like those tall redwoods. It seems that no matter how hard I try, there is often something that stops me in my tracks and I have to go searching for that missing piece to the current puzzle. There is often that big void in my knowledge that stops me from going forward. If you have read my posts before, you know I call it My Swiss Cheese brain.

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The Family History Guide and Boy Scouts Of America

Some of you may have read the title of this post and said, “What does The Family History Guide have to do with BSA?” Well, the answer is a lot actually.

The Boy Scouts of America have a Merit Badge for Genealogy.  Shortly after we began working at the Family Search Library in 2011, my husband, Jim, was asked to teach Scouts and their families, in our area, how to fulfill the requirements for the boys to earn this badge. There are several things to do to receive the badge and one of them requires they visit and learn about a library where family records can be found.

The Family History Guide is our go to place for genealogy, including the Genealogy Merit Badge.  Go to the Homepage of the Family History Guide.   Click on the Misc. The drop-down menu includes the BSA option:  It opens to the page where the requirements are shared with steps for Scouts do to to achieve this Badge.

*There is also so much more in this BSA option in the way of choices and learning about the Scout program in  general.  See it here.

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Integrating The FHG “Countries” Section with Google Earth – a winning combination for family fun!

An exciting and memorable experience is in store when you combine using Google Earth with resources found in the Countries page of the FHG (see Bob Taylor’s overview here). This is so much fun that it made the “top ten favorite family history activities” list at the Anderson home!

Research your family history countries together and then gather around to use google earth for finding the homelands, towns, and cities, and even more specific details of where your ancestors once lived. You can also zero in on places living family members dwell anywhere in the world. Returned missionaries love sharing stories as they highlight detailed imagery of the places they served.  As family members pinpoint the “nooks and crannies” of their travel adventures and locate family history sites, everyone is virtually experiencing that place together. View this tutorial, to learn how to preserve your “virtual travel” by saving screenshots for future reference, to share with others, and as you do family history research using the FHG Countries page.

Try Google Earth Street View   to “walk” the streets (including any of the  Continue reading “Integrating The FHG “Countries” Section with Google Earth – a winning combination for family fun!”

Exploring the World with The Family History Guide

Finding international resources for your family history research is quick, easy, and powerful with The Family History Guide. Instead of spending time navigating through a maze of menus, you can get to your destination in a matter of seconds, using the Countries page. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer …

Getting There

You can access Countries from the links area The Family History Guide home page, or at the bottom of any of the Projects menus on the home page. For example:  Continue reading “Exploring the World with The Family History Guide”

From Newsletter to Blog

Greetings to all our newsletter subscribers with The Family History Guide, and welcome to our Blog site. We have decided to transition from newsletter to blog, which means that going forward we will be producing blog articles instead of newsletter articles.

The newsletter has been dear to our hearts, for over 2 years and 28 issues. The past newsletter issues are not going away—rest assured they will remain on the Newsletter page of the website.

However, we feel that moving to a free blog is the best thing to do, and here are some of the reasons we think you’ll enjoy it:


  • It’s updated more often than the newsletter. You’ll get new blog articles almost every day.
  • We have a talented blogging team working to provide you great content on a variety of topics related to The Family History Guide.
  • You can post comments, ask questions, and easily search for articles in the blog site.
  • You can sort blog articles by category or search for tags.

So welcome to the Blog! You can also find it in the More menu of The Family History Guide website. We look forward to your comments and participation.

Family History “Anytime Ideas” for Singles

Nothing makes family history more meaningful than personal involvement. If you are a single adult (with or without children), your life (and the lives of those you love) can be enriched through family history activities. When schedules are busy (even hectic can we say?), it’s nice to have some quick and easy ideas that can basically be done pretty much whenever you can squeeze out even a little bit of time. Check out these Anytime Activities found in the Family History Guide Activities Section.

    • Keep Your Personal Journal— Of the hundreds of reasons to write about your life, perhaps one of the most important is to Document your life, both for yourself and for generations to come.  Alan Henry, the author of the blog Lifehacker, researched how keeping a journal has additional great benefits you can enjoy immediately. He suggests the following reasons why you might want to sit down

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It’s Not Too Soon to Mark Your Calendars for Rootstech February 28 – March 3 2018!

Read all about it – Rootstech 2018!

The Family History Guide Association is already making plans for its presentation booth to highlight what The Family History Guide is all about and share why and how it can make a difference in your family history experience!

The Family History Guide Mission: “To greatly increase the number of people actively involved in family history worldwide, and to make everyone’s family history journey easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable.”

Come join in the fun!