Happiness is … an Amazon Smile

Along with the roll-out of the new Home page and the new menu system for The Family History Guide, we also updated the footer section for each page.  Here’s what it looks like now:

Notice that at the very bottom of the page there is a new tile for using the Amazon Smile program with The Family History Guide.

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New Look for the Home Page and Menus

We are excited to announce a new, streamlined look to our Home page at The Family History Guide. This also includes a tiered menu system that gives easier access to a number of features across the site. Here’s a step-by-step walk-through that demonstrates the new additions.

Home Page Design

The first thing you’ll notice is that the new design relies on simple picture tiles and bullets – you can find what you want without reading sentences. The tiles and bullets are arranged by category, each linked to the appropriate topic:

Just below the tiles is the “reading box” with text that explains more about website and The Family History Guide Association. Notice that we have added our Mission Statement here as well.


The lower section of the Home page is the footer, and that has been redesigned to include our new RootsTech Exhibitor badge, as well as a new Amazon Smile tile (more about that in an upcoming blog).


Some of our users have requested that we spell out the Learning Path / Partner abbreviations in the menu (FamilySearch instead of FS, Ancestry instead of AN, etc.) That, plus the need to accommodate more menu items as the site grows, led us to a tiered menu system – there are now two rows of drop-down menu items in the upper right:

Here are a few things that have changed:

  • To get back to the Home page, click the logo (upper left) for The Family History Guide.
  • The Learning Paths are now spelled out.
  • We added Activities, Tracker, Vault, and LDS as a new drop-down menus. These were previously in the “More” menu, which has been removed.
  • The Media/Social menu has links to our Blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages, as well as to the brochures, flyers, and videos in The Family History Guide.
  • We added the Countries menu, with links to the U.S., Canada, England, and major regions (British Isles, Scandinavia, Asia/Pacific, etc.) plus the Ethnic groups. The previous Countries links at the bottom of the Partner pages have been removed.
  • Most abbreviations in previous menus have now been spelled out.

One more important note: the new menus, as well as the updated footer, are now included on each page of The Family History Guide site. No matter where you are, you’ll have the easy-to-use, comprehensive menu system at your command.

We hope you enjoy the new look and feel of the Home page and menus. Try them out at www.thefhguide.com. You can give us feedback at info@thefhguide.com.

Welcome to Scott Anderson, Outreach/Public Relations Director

We’re proud to announce that Scott Anderson has joined our team at The Family History Guide Association as Outreach/Public Relations Director. He has been with us less than a month but already has been instrumental in getting the wheels turning for some exciting opportunities for the Association and The Family History Guide.

Scott Anderson attained a BA degree from the University of Utah in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance and a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy both from BYU. He taught in the LDS Church Education System beginning in 1972, with the majority of his career as a faculty member at the Orem Institute of Religion. He is a published author and lectures for BYU Education Weeks, Especially for Youth, and various other venues, including the Governor’s Conference On Families and the Utah Freedom Academy. Dr. Anderson recently retired from working as a therapist at Suncrest Counseling Center. He enjoys home improvement projects, family history, humanitarian service, and had a great time running a marathon with his daughter. He and his wife, Angelle, who is the Family Activities Coordinator for The Family History Guide Association, reside in Bluffdale, Utah.

Welcome, Scott!

The Family History Guide at Rootstech 2018

The Family History Guide Association is delighted to participate in Rootstech 2018! In addition to having a booth in the Expo Hall all four days, our vice-president and executive director, Bob Ives, will be presenting Introduction to The Family History Guide on Friday, March 2nd at 3 pm.


Attendees will be able to successfully navigate the free The Family History Guide website (www.thefhguide.com) to get an introduction to family history, and to accelerate their learning and progress with FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast. Objectives that will be covered Continue reading “The Family History Guide at Rootstech 2018”

Results of the Worldwide Indexing Event

Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 Worldwide Indexing Event on October 20–22!

Read all about the Results of the WORLDWIDE INDEXING EVENT and stand in awe with us that over seven million new family history records will now be available on FamilySearch.org thanks to volunteers around the world! Check out additional information on the FamilySearch blog, and read about how “throughout the event, nearly 80,000 people worked to transcribe historical documents to make them searchable online, including over 9,000 first-time FamilySearch indexing volunteers. Participants represented 116 countries, 10 languages, and all ages, making this a true worldwide event. The following number of volunteers joined the event:  Continue reading “Results of the Worldwide Indexing Event”

Finding What You Need in The Family History Guide

If you are new to The Family History Guide, you may have wondered how to find a bit of information you are looking for. Let’s say you need to learn about adoption records, or you would like to do some research in Tennessee. How can you find what you’re after, quickly and easily?

This blog post offers three handy tips for finding information in The Family History Guide:

  • Topics page
  • Site map
  • Search bar

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Cousin Connections Can Bring Astonishing Results

Have you gone to the Memories section of Family Search yet?  The Family History Guide can teach you how to use this valuable section that is accessible on the Home page Project 2.  The Memories Section of FamilySearch is a compilation of photos and stories and documents that you or others can add to your ancestors’ pages.  The advantage to that is that once added, they can be preserved and shared in a safe place for all to enjoy.  It is so worthwhile to learn how to use this feature of FamilySearch Family Tree.  Your precious photos and documents will be so much safer there than is a box somewhere.

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Tidying Up the Vault

Do you have a utility room, a food storage room, or a garage with all sorts of great stuff inside but a fair amount of clutter as well? Every so often you just need to roll up your sleeves and tidy up the space. And that’s what we have done with our favorite storage room in The Family History Guide – the Vault.

Let’s step inside and see what’s new. (Nothing scary here, even though Halloween is a week away …)

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The Family History Guide Achieves Public Charity Status – 501(c)(3)

It’s a day that has been a long time coming, from a dream to reality. We knew that we needed to take the next step and become a nonprofit organization, so we formed The Family History Guide Association about 6 months ago. As of last week, the final piece has come into place: the Association is now recognized by the IRS as an official public charity with 501(c)(3) status, which means that donors can receive tax credits for their donations. Because our income depends on donations, this has huge significance for us. We owe a huge thanks to the efforts of Bob Ives in bringing our 501(c)(3) status to completion.

So why do we need increased donations? To put it simply, we have big plans. We have come a long way in just over 2 years, including partnerships with FamilySearch, MyHeritage and others, and an expanding role at RootsTech. We have already brought the joys of family history to many throughout the world. But the opportunities ahead of us are enormous – and exciting. Here are a few of them:

  • We will be greatly expanding training efforts in the United States and beyond, and that will require people, equipment, and travel budgets.
  • Our presence at RootsTech is growing, and that means increased costs for booth space and marketing materials.
  • We plan to attend many more family history and genealogy conventions and fairs, which will significantly increase travel and equipment costs.

We are excited about finally becoming a public charity 501(c)(3) organization, and we will continue our pledge to keep The Family History Guide free for everyone and best-in-class. To learn more about the Association and the opportunity to make tax-deductible donations, please visit http://www.thefhguide.com/association.html.

Thanks for your support and enthusiasm for The Family History Guide!

Announcing Openings for Content Specialists

The Family History Guide is a game-changer in how family history and learning are done worldwide. As it continues to grow and improve, The Family History Guide Association is announcing several openings for volunteer Content Specialists. As a Content Specialist for The Family History Guide website, you will

  • Find family history online resources that would make good additions to the content in The Family History Guide and communicate them to the staff.
  • Review existing content in The Family History Guide, including currently used web resources, to recommend updates or improvements in content.

Here are the requirements:

  • Basic familiarity with the content in The Family History Guide
  • Solid Internet and written/verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to two or more hours per week in assigned content work on The Family History Guide

If this opportunity resonates with you, we would love to hear from you! Please send a brief bio outlining your experience in family history and Internet / computer skills to info@thefhguide.com. We look forward to working with you in accomplishing our mission: to spread the joys of family history involvement worldwide.