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on the FamilySearch blog, and read about how “throughout the event, nearly 80,000 people worked to transcribe historical documents to make them searchable online, including over 9,000 first-time FamilySearch indexing volunteers.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”

You are invited to the webinar “Family History Activities With The Family History Guide” presented by Bob Taylor

This coming week, Bob Taylor, CEO of The Family History Guide Association, will present a webinar featuring The Family History Guide Activities Section. He will discuss how using this invaluable resource will help families, singles, youth, and children to experience the joys of family history activities.  Family history activities are an integral ingredient in fulfilling the mission statement of The Family History Guide “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.”

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Try DNA testing as a family – The Family History Guide offers the “why, how, who, and what”

If you and your family have been thinking about DNA testing but don’t know how to get started, check out The Family History Guide for step-by-step suggestions (Project 8 for FamilySearch, Project 7 for Ancestry, and Project 7 for MyHeritage). The modern trend to discover the past and further family history research using this incredible new technology is an idea whose time has definitely arrived! According to Diahan Southard (see DNA Testing at Family Reunions), these days it “seems to be very difficult to have any discussion on family history without mentioning three little letters: D-N-A.” She explains that while “family history enthusiasts and serious genealogists are flocking to testing companies like AncestryDNA to help them further their family history efforts, there

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Celebrate October as “Family History Month” with ideas found on The Family History Guide Activities Page

Welcome to October – “Family History Month!” Celebrate with family history activities for families, singles, youth, and children found on The Family History Guide Activities Page.  Here you can check out fun ideas to connect with living family members, document and preserve the past, learn about your ancestors, make your own family history, and so much more. Have a look at the suggestions listed on The Family History Guide Youth Page to “make family history,” and get ready to create some wonderful memories! According to the production team of the Make History Website, making family history is two-fold: 1) Make something new that documents, creates, or contributes to your family history, and 2) Make something of yourself that enhances or contributes to your family legacy. This website features a myriad of ideas including a challenge to make home movies:  “Home movies offer a unique way of preserving the past, unlike any other medium. Seeing who we were, what we looked like, how we talked, how we acted, Continue reading “Celebrate October as “Family History Month” with ideas found on The Family History Guide Activities Page”

Fun with games and apps (links are in The Family History Guide Children’s Section)

 Along with a myriad of activity ideas and resources, The Family History Guide Children’s Section includes links to family history apps and games to give children an alternative to some that are less productive and educational. They are so much fun and a great way to help kids get interested in family history. A few of our grandchildren were playing a game called Geneopardy and discovering all kinds of interesting facts about their ancestors who are on our FamilySearch family tree. Their great-grandfather, Orson Clark, was one name that came up often. The boys were enjoying learning about his life and family as they sought for the correct answers to the questions that were presented. Later on, the boys were playing a game called Crokinole (a dexterity board game similar to Carrom) and having a Continue reading “Fun with games and apps (links are in The Family History Guide Children’s Section)”

Use The Family History Guide to learn about Web Indexing and check out this upcoming worldwide event

Indexing makes records searchable online and is something most everyone can do. Each indexed record is a gift to someone, somewhere -allowing him or her to learn about and gather ancestors into the family tree. Indexing is not hard to do (you can select the level of difficulty) and it is so much fun! The Family History Guide offers the newest information and detailed “how-to” help for indexing.  See FamilySearch (FS) Project 5 to find out how to get started, manage batches, and set goals. One goal you might want to consider with your friends and family is to participate in the WORLDWIDE INDEXING EVENT 2017 to be held October 20-22.

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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!

Successful and Fun Cousin Collaboration with Help from The Family History Guide

At age 83, my mom is one of the oldest cousins on her mother’s maternal line, and so she is one of the few who can remember things that happened even before younger cousins were born. In this photo, she is the girl holding the two baby cousins on my great grandfather’s front porch. To capture and record stories from the past (before it’s too late), we often get together with some of the cousins in this group to look through and scan photos, read and share memories and write stories. Sometimes we have three or four generations gathered around the table. I love these moments.

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The Family History Guide’s “Memories Project” – your blueprint for posting and sharing family stories

Preserving and sharing family history stories is a passion for many people, and I am definitely one of those. I want my posterity to know, love, and learn from their ancestors. I have found that combining an activity with telling a story often makes all the difference in its long-lasting influence. Inspiring stories of faith and fortitude that is in our FamilySearch “Memories” gallery. Step-by-step instructions for adding documents, photos, and audio files in FS “Memories” are found here in the Family History guide Project 2.

To combine the telling of stories with a family activity this summer, we decided to focus on my maternal grandfather, Vaughn Elijah Maxfield, who was one of fourteen children (ten boys) born to Mary Ann and Henry Dilworth Maxfield. This hard-working, dedicated couple raised their children in a small two-story house in Emery, Utah. Grandpa Max was fond of saying that when he and his siblings were naughty and their dad would threaten to spank them all, he would volunteer to be first so that he could laugh at the others. We visited his grave site at Camp Williams with some of our grandchildren and shared Continue reading “The Family History Guide’s “Memories Project” – your blueprint for posting and sharing family stories”

Recording Family History Stories – tips from the Family History Guide

The Family History Guide’s Family Section is the place to go to find suggestions for preserving your family history stories. One idea is to interview parents and grandparents (or anyone!) while gathering in a story room at an LDS Family History Center. Be assured that your video recording will be of high quality and that assistants will be there to help. The Riverton Family History Center is near to our home so we use that location. Find a list of other locations here. Our family had a beautiful experience using the questions in the 52 Stories from Family Search to interview my parents. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren took turns asking questions that they had decided upon ahead of time and written down. (The library also has a great list of questions to use.) Thinking about what to ask ahead of time avoided overlap and helped us learn about varied aspects of the lives of my parents and their family – our family! We now have this priceless interview recorded on a thumb drive (purchase these at the library before the recording session) which we will share with  Continue reading “Recording Family History Stories – tips from the Family History Guide”