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March 31, 2006

Wilford Woodruff: Temple and Family History Work

As most of the LDS readers know, this year we are studying the teachings of Wilford Woodruff, the 4th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In the January 2006 Ensign there was an article titled, Wilford Woodruff: Contending for the Faith. The article shares many inspiring quotes from this former prophet and I thought I would share his words on family history work.

Temple and Family History Work
. “What is gold and silver; what are the riches of this world? They all perish with the using. We pass away and leave them. But if we have eternal life, if we keep the faith and overcome, we shall rejoice when we go upon the other side of the veil. I rejoice in all these things. There is hardly any principle the Lord has revealed that I have rejoiced more in than in the redemption of our dead; that we will have our fathers, our mothers, our wives and our children with us in the family organization, in the morning of the first resurrection and in the Celestial Kingdom. These are grand principles. They are worth every sacrifice.”

“We want the Latter-day Saints from this time to trace their genealogies as far as they can, and to be sealed to their fathers and mothers. Have children sealed to their parents, and run this chain through as far as you can get it.”

“No right feeling Latter-day Saint can think upon this subject without being thrilled with heavenly joy.”

March 27, 2006

Ancestry.com has a new Blog

Ancestry.com's new blog, 24/7 Family History Circle, is now up and running. In the past if you subscribed to Ancestry Daily News, Weekly News, or Monthly Newsletter you would get the articles via email. The Newsletter has finally made it into the blogger world though, and will post their articles at their website, http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle.

This is how Juliana Smith describes the site:

Hosted by Ancestry.com, 24/7 Family History Circle, is a destination for anyone with an interest in family history–be it a passing interest or a raging passion. Long-time Ancestry.com newsletter editor, Juliana Smith, will be writing for the blog, and will include articles from family history columnists, George G. Morgan, Michael Neill, Megan Smolenyak, Maureen Taylor, Paula Warren, and Sherry Irvine, as well as the occasional guest columnist.

The Ancestry Weekly Journal is posted weekly on this blog, along with some unique content. At 24/7 Family History Circle, you’ll find helpful tips (from readers and from our regular columnists), how-to articles, research stories, and whatever else Juliana thinks might be of interest.

The majority of the content will be open to comments and we hope to hear from you, although we reserve the right to delete inappropriate postings.

We expect that over time we’ll be making changes, and we welcome your input at: juliana@ancestry.com

I think every entry posted so far has multiple comments, so it seems to be a big hit. This site will become a great asset to genealogists as professionals share their knowledge and allow amateurs to ask questions.

March 24, 2006

National Archives Hosts Free Genealogy Fair April 19

Contact: National Archives and Records Administration, 202-357-5300, Web: http://www.archives.gov

News Advisory:

WHAT: The Customer Services Division of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will host its second annual Genealogy Fair on Wednesday, April 19. This year's theme, Washington, D.C.: Our Capital Heritage, will focus on Federal records relating to the people and community of the nation's capital. Sessions will offer guidance in the use of Senate nomination files; Washington, D.C. building permits; D.C. court records; D.C. claims from Congressional Committees; Freedmen's Bureau records; and Freedman's Savings and Trust records. The fair will provide information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. This event is free.

National Archives staff will demonstrate how to use the following: Archival Research Catalog (ARC), Access to Archival Databases (AAD), HeritageQuest and AncestryPlus, and eVetRecs (electronic veterans' records requests). There will also be demonstrations of the microfilm digital scanner and the online genealogy tutorial.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For a schedule of lectures and demonstrations please visit http://www.archives.gov and click on "genealogy news and events."

WHERE: National Archives Building, Research Center Lobby, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. between 7th and 9th Streets, Washington D.C. Government-issued photo identification is required to enter the building. The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines. The National Archives is fully accessible. If you need to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email reservations.nwe@nara.gov or call 202- 357-5000 at least 2 weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

WHO: Donald Roe, Ph. D., will speak on The Struggle to Desegregate the Public Schools in the District of Columbia. Roe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Howard University where he teaches U.S. history and Public History. He retired from the National Archives after twenty-six years as an archivist and subject area expert in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch.

Kathryn Allamong Jacob, Ph.D., will speak on Memory, Monuments, and the National Archives and also give a walking tour, Testament to Union: Embodying the Civil War in Marble and Bronze. She is the Johanna-Maria Frænkel Curator of Manuscripts at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Jacob is the author of Capital Elites: High Society in Washington, D.C. After the Civil War (Smithsonian Press, 1994) and Testament to Union: Civil War Monuments in Washington, D.C. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

BACKGROUND: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable non current records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists. For information on NARA's holdings see http://www.archives.gov.

(via U.S. Newswire)

March 22, 2006

PAF Insight 2006

Ohana Software released a new version of PAF Insight today. The new features include:

* Will be compatible with the new FamilySearch Family Tree
* New place editor helps clean up place names
* Opens and saves PAF backup (.zip) files directly
* All data is now editable
* Keeps an automatic archive of your files
* You can select "Only show IGI matches that have additional ordinance info"
* New interface with movable and resizable windows
* Conflicting dates and places can be added for later research
* Enhanced search details
* Switch modes without exiting your file
* Prompts when places are not recognized for searching
* Easily updates automatically
* No longer needs Internet Explorer
* And more...

I have tried the new version out and though it is somewhat different and hard to get used to at first, I really liked the changes Ohana has made. I really enjoyed being able to edit all my information while using PAF Insight. I also used the "edit places" mode and really liked it. I was able to go through all my locations and fix misspellings and take out extra commas very easily. There are also good options in the "preferences" window, whether to ignore or add parents as a default or to only show IGI matches that have new ordinance info, instead of having to sift through 10 records of the same ordinances to find the one ordinance you're looking for.

I highly recommend updating your version or buying this new version if you still have not tried PAF Insight for yourself.

March 21, 2006

British Institute in SLC - October 2-6, 2006

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) announces the sixth annual British Institute to be held October 2-6, 2006 in Salt Lake City.

The British Institute is a week long program combining instruction and practical experience. Each day, instructors experienced in British Isles genealogy and research methods conduct classes and seminars in the morning and assist students with their research in the Family History Library in the afternoon. In addition to guidance in the library, each student can take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the course instructor for a one-on-one strategy session.

Accommodations and classrooms for the British Institute are located in the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel; research and most one-on-one sessions take place in the LDS Family History Library. These facilities help make the British Institute an exceptional educational opportunity. The Institute is able to offer everyone expert instruction, small class size, individual attention, and personal research time with assistance. The Institute brings together resources, practical guidance, and the chance to improve skills in a helpful and friendly atmosphere.

Courses offered at this year's Institute:

Welsh Research
Level: Intermediate
Time Period: 1858 back to early 1600s
Instructor: Darris Williams

This course is directed at researchers with some exposure to research in Wales or who took the introductory level course in 2005. Students will expand their experience working with fundamental and frequently used records and be introduced to more advanced sources.

Darris Williams: British reference consultant in the Family History Library for thirteen years, currently a reference consultant for World Wide Support in the Family History Department. After completion of a bachelor's degree in family and community history at Brigham Young University, he studied at the University of Wales, Aberstwyth in 1996. Darris has lectured at the British Isles Family History Society Conference, UGS Institute, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference and Federation of Family History Societies Conference. He is a contributor of materials on the Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire portions of Genuki.org and transcriber of monumental inscriptions for chapels and churches in Wales published by the Glamorgan Family History Society. Darris is only the second person to pass the Wales accreditation test administered by ICAPGen.

British Isles Research: Solving Problems, Creating Strategies
Instructor: Sherry Irvine, MSc, CG, FSA (Scot)

Roadblocks in family history are opportunities to pause, re-examine work, review records and make a new start. Further progress is possible provided another approach is found, one arising from careful analysis. This course is for those with some experience in British Isles research (England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland) wanting advanced guidance in research planning and strategy.

Sherry Irvine
: MS, CG, FSA Scot, lecturer, writer and online teacher specializing in British Isles methods; faculty member IGHR Samford University since 1996, internationally known speaker and a keynote presenter at the Australasian Congresses in Melbourne and Darwin; author of three books including the award-winning Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for Family Historians; former president Association of Professional Genealogists and winner of the Graham T. Smallwood Award for services to genealogy; vice-president of ISBGFH.

An online registration form can be obtained at http://www.isbgfh.org. A brochure on the Institute can be requested by writing to:

The British Institute
P.O. Box 350459
Westminster, CO 80035-0459

March 20, 2006

Free Access to the New England Historical & Genealogical Register

I just found the following announcement at About.com.

FREE Access to the New England Historical & Genealogical Register
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to one of their thousands of databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Normally available only to NEHGS members, the online Register database will be accessible to everyone from Monday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 22, 2006. User registration is required, but no credit card or fee.

Published quarterly since 1847, the Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The database includes issues from 1847 to 1994. To learn more and register for the free access offer, visit www.newenglandancestors.org.

March 15, 2006

Caps Lock vs. Shift Key

Dick Eastman wrote an article that I found rather amusing yesterday, Genealogy Data Entry Techniques. In it he discusses genealogists who like to just use their caps lock all the time instead of using their shift key in order to enter their information in upper and lower case letters. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Eastman. I often find new information on ancestors when using PAF Insight, and if I update any information involving their name, I usually have to go back into my file and change the CAPITAL NAMES to lower case names.

A few commenter's then talked about not liking all surnames in CAPITAL letters as well. I agree with this too, but I believe it it just a personal preference. I know my mother prefers her surnames in CAPS, and perhaps this is the correct form...but I prefer all my names to be written normally as taught in elementary school.

March 14, 2006

JMK Genealogy

JMK Genealogy is a cool website for those people really interested in Family History. There are genealogy t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, sweatshirts, hats, etc. The designs are pretty interesting and they even have a collection to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. There is a sale going on in March to get $4 off every $40 spent. The sale ends today, March 14th, so visit their site soon.

March 11, 2006

Family History Revolution

My husband is currently a senior at BYU studying Computer Science. He is taking a class titled, Ethics and Computers in Society (CS404), in which he often has to write a blog entry about various topics. His blog entry for this past week was on Family History Work. He has told me many times before that my genealogy research should not be so tedious and that computers could make it a whole lot easier and more time efficient. Here is his recent post.

The day after he wrote this, Ransom Love (Director, Strategic Relationships, Family & Church History Dept. for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), visited his CS404 class and talked about exactly what my husband has been telling me. The LDS church is currently working on having an open community for everyone to contribute to one big family tree and for computers to search through records themselves and upload the names into the tree. Love estimates about 12 months until the launch of this new program.

March 9, 2006

Genelines 2.0 Timeline Charting Software

The following announcement was sent to me from Progeny Software Inc.

** Download Genelines 2.0 Timeline Charting Software **

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Watch your genealogy research blossom with Genelines 2.0 Timeline
Charting Software.

With Genelines 2.0 you can create seven eye-catching, customizable
timeline charts that highlight important events in your family

Genelines automatically reads your family tree database so you don't
need to re-enter your family information. Choose the Genelines program
that works best with your genealogy database:
- Genelines for Legacy
- Genelines for Ancestral Quest
- Genelines for Ancestry Family Tree
- Genelines Universal Edition - reads all file formats, including
PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy, Ancestral Quest, Ancestry Family Tree,
and GEDCOM. Great for customers using more than one genealogy record

Save 25% or more on any Genelines Download. From now until March 31,
2006, get Genelines Universal 2.0 Download for $19.95 (regularly
priced at $29.95) all other Genelines 2.0 Downloads are on for $14.95
(regularly priced at $19.95)!

Order the Genelines program that works with your genealogy database:

The Leader in Timeline Software

Genelines suite of seven different timeline chart formats, consists
of two BIOGRAPHICAL charts and five RELATIONSHIP charts.

Each of these seven charts can be customized according to:
- timeline
- historical events
- personal or family events
- colors and fonts

While each type of chart lends itself to different research tasks,
only with the Biographical Charts can you create a visual map of
your ancestors' life events, telling their story in a brand new way.

The Individual Biographical Chart shows a composite of different
life events for an individual over his/her life span. The Individual
Biographical chart paints a complete personal life history showing
all the events that occurred during a person's life and when they

The Comparative Biographical Chart depicts individual life spans for
two or more people. Because it can also include their respective
life events, this chart allows you to compare the ages and duration
of events in common between two or more individuals or family members.

The Relationship charts let you view your family pedigrees and lines
of descent against a backdrop of historical events on the local,
regional or world stage.

You can customize Relationship charts according to people, line of
descent or family group, personal life details, color, and the history
you wish to depict. These charts can explain a great deal about your
family and how they lived and even allow you to add people who are not
necessarily related.

To see color sample charts, go to:

March 8, 2006

DNA Testing Offered by Dentists

Recently in my local newspaper, the March 2006 edition of the Sandy Journal, I found an article titled, "DNA testing now being offered by Sandy dentist." I thought the article was interesting and that I should post it.

With the popularity of such TV shows as CSI, most of us are very aware how important accurate DNA testing is. But most of us think of it being done in crime labs, not in our local neighborhood. Now a Sandy dentist is offering that service to anyone who would like it.

Dr. Richard Hughes at Alta View Dental is now offering DNA preservation and testing to the community as a public service by way of a dental DNA kit provided by Sorenson Genomics. Working in conjunction with DNASecure, the service offers peace of mind that is more accurate than fingerprinting.

"We heard that this lab was approaching dentists with this idea and we thought it would be a great idea," said Tami Rouska, Hughes' receptionist.

For $10, which is the cost of the kit, a family can get started in the DNA identification process. "We give them the kit and they decide how extensive they want to go with it," said Rouska.

The DNA is collected by doing a painless cheek swab. "We collect the DNA and put it in a packet," and Maria Nelson certified dental hygienist for Hughes. Once the swab is done, it is up to the individual to decide what to do next. They can simply store it themselves or send it in to SG for further processing. SG if fully accredited and certified by ISO 17025 and the American Association of Blood Banks.

If they opt to simply hold on to the sample, it will last for up to seven years if stored properly (instructions are included).

If they want it processed, they have a couple of options. For a fee, the laboratory will extract the DNA and store it on a DNASecure card, which is specially designed to preserve the actual DNA obtained from the cheek.

To go a step further, a profile can also be done (this option costs more and includes the DNASecure cards). "The laboratory will analyze the DNA with a 12-16 assay and report a genetic profile that is unique to the individual," said Wolfe.

"With preserved DNA, a family can explore personal ancestry, confirm family relations and provide proof-positive identity (in the case of disaster or missing person), " said Doug Fogg, SG chief operating officer.

"The genetic profile cannot be used to identify physical or health characteristics (predisposition to a genetic disease) but can be used to identify a person," said Cindy Wolfe, registered dental hygienist for Sorenson Genomics.

by Theresa A. Husarik

March 6, 2006

Internet Genealogy

In January I wrote about a new magazine coming out from the publishers of Family Chronicle and History Magazine titled, Internet Genealogy. This magazine hit the newsstands at the end of February and for a limited time you can download a free 24-page preview issue at their website. Just click here. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the PDF, so you may need to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader for free at the Adobe website.

March 1, 2006

UGA Spring Seminar

The following is an announcement sent to me in the Ancestry Daily News. Today is the last day to get the early bird discount for registering.

Utah Genealogical Association Spring Seminar, 29-30 March 2006

The Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) is holding a Spring Seminar. Online Registration is available now! Call the Plaza Hotel NOW to make your reservations 1-800-366-3684 and ask for the UGA Group Room Rate.

Register EARLY for the classes of your choice. Classroom space will be limited.

The cost for the seminar is:
-- $15 for one day ($25 for one day after March 1, 2006 or at the door)
-- $25 for two days ($40 for two days after March 1, 2006 or at the door)

Classes will be held in the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, with the exception of Lab classes, which will be in the Family History Library main floor computer lab classroom.

Registration and class schedules for the conference are available online. To register and for more information see the UGA website.

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