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November 30, 2006

1st Generation LDS Members hold the Key

Elder Paul B. Pieper addressed the world in the recent October General Conference for the LDS church. His talk was titled, "The First Generation," and talked about converts to the church and all they can do for their families. Here is what he said about Family History Work:

As the first generation, you are also the key to opening the Lord's blessings to family members who died without hearing the gospel and receiving saving ordinances. Yours is the unique opportunity and privilege to begin this work on their behalf. They are anxious for you to identify them and will help you in your search for their records. Once they are identified, your worthy life will permit you to attend the temple and perform essential ordinances for them. These ordinances will bind you to your ancestors and bring great spiritual power into your life.

My in-laws are both 1st generation members and we have all worked together to get their ancestors work done in the temple. It has been wonderful.

November 29, 2006

iMemoryBook Update

I wrote about my experience with iMemoryBook over a year ago. I recently received a comment from Jeffrey at FamilyLearn saying there's a new updated version of iMemoryBook available.

I just thought I would let you know that we released version 2.0 of iMemoryBook on November 15th. That's right we just released it this past week. It is FREE to use during it's BETA period. You can get to the new system at: http://beta.imemorybook.com

So anyone who wants to try out their service, maybe for a Christmas gift, can do so for free right now.

There is also an article about this new release at EarthTimes.org.

November 23, 2006

3rd National Family History Day

In 2004 U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona declared Thanksgiving to be the first annual National Family History Day. His goal for this Family History Day was for relatives to get together to talk about and write down their health problems and medical histories. Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and siblings can help your doctor predict the disorders you may be at risk of and help you prevent them from happening to yourself.

So take some time today filling out My Family Health Portrait.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

November 22, 2006

World Vital Records Thanksgiving Special


To celebrate Thanksgiving we have a special offer to those who sign up for our newsletter.

Signup for the World Vital Records weekly newsletter. The newsletter covers:

* Genealogy and family history industry news and updates
* WorldVitalRecords news and information
* Information on new and upcoming databases to be added to the site
* Upcoming conferences and events
* View an example of the newsletter

When you signup for the newsletter you will also get:

* Free eSourcebook of American History - Over 1,000 key works of American History from 1000 to 1999
* Free audio book - Four Traits of Great Leaders by Stephen R. Covey
* Free $5 gift certificate at eBookArchive.com to get the ebook of your choosing. Thousands to choose from.

November 21, 2006

NGS Members-Only Data available FREE for Thanksgiving

I found the following announcement from the National Genealogical Society at Dick Eastman's site:

The National Genealogical Society opens the "Members-Only Data Section" of its Website www.ngsgenealogy.org for the Thanksgiving Holiday!

In recognition of the number of families that will be together over the Thanksgiving Holiday, the National Genealogical Society will open its "Members-Only Section" from November 23 through November 26, 2006 free of charge.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about your grandparents, great grandparents, and great, great grandparents. Where did they live? How long had they lived in the community? Who were their brothers and sisters? What did they do for a living? Did your ancestors immigrate to the United States in the 19th or 20th Century? What was their country of origin? Did your ancestors serve in World War I, World War II, the Civil War, the War of 1812 or the Revolutionary War? There are records about your family waiting to be discovered!

The National Genealogical Society has many resources to assist you in your family history research.

* Our Members Ancestry Charts contain more than a million names, with more than 800,000 names already online. Additional names are being added monthly.
* Our Bible Collection includes more than 3,000 Bibles with more than 50,000 names online.
* Our bookstore includes popular genealogical publications, Genealogy 101, Online Roots, The Organized Family Historian, and Unlocking Your Genetic History. A great Christmas gift for the genealogist in your family.
* Members receive a quarterly NewsMagazine with articles about record sources and methodology to improve your research.
* Members receive the NGS Quarterly four times a year, a scholarly publication which includes compiled genealogies, case studies, essays on new methodologies, critical reviews of current books and previously unpublished source materials.
* An Annual Conference in the States and Family History Fair held this year on May 16-19, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia, will feature "400 Years of Virginia History" along with 150 exhibitors and over 140 lectures, workshops, luncheons and networking events.

For those ready to take the next step, check out our Learning Center where you can sign up for "Introduction to Genealogy" - an online course available at a discounted price for members. If you are an experienced family researcher, our "Home Study Course" may help take your research to the next level.

To access the NGS Members Only Section, click on http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/Members/promotion.cfm and enter the username: member and password: ngspromo in the respective textboxes when prompted for credentials. Upon successful login, please feel free to browse our website including the Members Only Section.

If you are already a NGS member, we hope that this brief open access will enable a family member to make contact with you via the National Genealogical Society and perhaps solve a missing link in your genealogical research.

Come, take a look at our website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org over the Thanksgiving Weekend and consider membership in NGS.

November 20, 2006

Barbie's Genealogy - We've got some work to do

I found an article on Barbie's history of family and friends. I grew up playing with Barbie in the 80's and find it interesting that my nieces are still playing with Barbie Dolls 20 years later.

(Lois Lane doll)

Here is what we know about Barbie's family tree from the article:

Barbie was born in 1959
Skipper was Barbie's first sister born in 1964
Twin siblings were born in 1966 - Tutti and Todd
Stacie, an unexpected surprise sister, was born in 1992
And another sister, Kelly, was born in 1995

Barbie has 2 known cousins:

Francie born in 1966
Jazzie born in 1989

What do we think genealogists, enough clues here to find out who Barbie's parents are? What about grandparents? We've got some work to do. :)

November 17, 2006

Measuring Worth

A few weeks ago the RootsWeb newsletter mentioned a website to check out called MeasuringWorth.com. The website uses different calculators to help determine the "worth" of something during different time periods. Using these calculators, you can answer these questions.

* What Is the Annualized Growth Rate of Various Historical Economic Series?
* What Is the Relative Value? Five Ways to Compare the Worth of a United States Dollar,
1790 - 2005
* What Is the Relative Value? Five Ways to Compare the Worth of a United Kingdom
Pound, 1830 - 2005
* Computing 'Real Value' Over Time With a Conversion Between U.K. Pounds and U.S.
Dollars, 1830 - 2005
* Computing Purchasing Power of the U.S. Dollar, 1774 - 2005
* Computing Purchasing Power of the British Pound, 1264 - 2005
* Computing Inflation Rates for the United States (1774 - 2005) and United Kingdom (Britain) (1264 - 2005)

I recently found one of my ancestors in the 1870 Census. In this census he said that his real estate value was $850.00. Using one of Measuring Worth's calculators led me to this answer for 2005 value.

In 2005, $850.00 from 1870 is worth:
$13,122.92 using the Consumer Price Index
$12,317.35 using the GDP deflator
$94,098.59 using the unskilled wage
$183,224.09 using the nominal GDP per capita
$1,359,105.26 using the relative share of GDP

I'm not really sure which of these 5 answers is most accurate. If it's one of the first 3, then he had a rather inexpensive home. The 4th one would be reasonable, but the 5th one would be quite nice and expensive.

Measuring Worth.com is currently developing a decision table, with associated expanded calculators, to help users determine which measure is best for their question.

November 16, 2006

JMK Genealogy Gifts

I first found out about JMK Genealogy Gifts in March of this year and posted about them. Then in August I found out about their "Hey Baby, what's your haplogroup?" design and posted about that because I thought it was funny.


The owner, Jimmy Kavanagh, then contacted me at the end of August to let me know about their new Halloween designs. I was flattered to be contacted by someone who thought I had enough traffic for advertisements. I thought it would be nice to help out their company so I did it happily. I was told about 2 other designs in October and posted about those as well. Genealogy shirt for the Old-Timers and Genealogy Hotspot. At none of these times did I say that I'd purchased from JMK Genealogy Gifts, just that I liked their design ideas. I wanted to give some free advertisement to their company.

Then Jimmy offered to send me a mug as a thank you and I happily accepted. I asked for the snowman design below:


It says "I must remember to lookup the snowman family on ancestry.com before I melt!...Have a successful genealogical holiday!"

So now I can actually give a review of their product since I have one. The mug is larger than I thought it would be. It is very sturdy and strong and I have enjoyed using it for the past few weeks. I like seeing the snowman each morning. The quote makes me chuckle too. At some point I would like to get a shirt or two and plan to put that on my Christmas list.

So check out their products if you have someone in your family who is addicted to genealogy. There are some nice Christmas ideas. Right now JMK Genealogy is offering 25% off ornaments and greeting cards. Below is one of their Christmas ornaments.


And here is an article written about them recently at The Open Press.

November 8, 2006

Can You Remember?

The following video seems like an advertisement for FamilyHistoryProducts.com, but I'm not posting it for that reason. I found this video on their website and it made me cry. It made me miss my grandparents, it made me wish I'd known my maternal grandparents, it made me want to videotape my children every day, and it made me wish we lived closer to family.

The video is called, Can You Remember?, and it portrays what genealogy is all about....remembering family.

Spend some time remembering this holiday season.

November 7, 2006

Family Tree Legends Website

Many people have probably heard of the genealogy software called Family Tree Legends. I haven't used it myself, but if you look at their website you can read about all their features.

What you may not know is that their website contains more than just genealogy software. I recently have been using their site to access a free index to many vital records. So far I've searched Illinois marriages and Missouri Births and have found some good information. Here is a list of just their Birth, Marriage, & Death Records: (I've been able to access some of the ones that aren't marked as free - so they may all be free)

Arizona Births, 1887-1928
Arizona Deaths, 1878-1953
Boulder County, Colorado Divorces, 1904-1912
California Births, 1905 - 1995 FREE!
California Deaths, 1940 - 1997 FREE!
Colorado 1870 Federal Census
Delaware Naturalizations
Idaho Deaths, 1911-1951
Illinois Deaths, 1916-1950
Illinois Deaths, Before 1916
Illinois Marriages, 1763-1900 FREE!
Indiana Naturalizations
Kentucky Births, 1911 - 199
Kentucky Deaths, 1911 - 1992 FREE!
Kentucky Divorces, 1907 - 1998
Kentucky Marriages, 1960 - 1993
Maine Deaths, 1960-1996
Michigan Deaths, Late 1800's
Missouri Births
Missouri Deaths
New Mexico Deaths, 1899-1940
Oregon Deaths, Early 1900's
Portland, Oregon Deaths
Social Security Death Index FREE!
Tennessee Deaths, 1908-1912
Texas Births, 1926-1995 FREE!
Texas Deaths, 1964-1998 FREE!
Texas Divorces, 1968 - 2002
Texas Marriages FREE
Vermont Deaths, 1989-2001

They also have Military, Land, Court, Probate, Biographies, and History Records as well. I suggest checking it out when you get the chance.

November 6, 2006

Family History Minute

Myrtle posted about a relatively new genealogy podcast available by Brian Mickelson called Family History Minute. He started the podcasts in October and has done 4 so far. I've listened to 3 of them and he has some good ideas. He's a married LDS guy with 4 children who is interested in genealogy.

I found I could listen to it while doing other things on my computer, so it didn't really take any extra time. I look forward to hearing some more tips from him; though they aren't just a minute, like the name may imply. Each of the sessions are probably about 10 minutes or less, which I think is a good length...not too long.

November 3, 2006

The Training Corner - New FamilySearch Information

I stumbled upon a brand new blog called The Training Corner, which looks to be a place for demonstrations/training on the new FamilySearch. There are only 3 entries, each posted today. The first one is a link to a 4-page PDF of the changes from Beta 1 to Beta 2 for the new FamilySearch. There is also a flash demonstration posted showing how FamilySearch will match and combine vital records for different individuals. I really enjoyed watching this one.

Hopefully there will be more to come at this blog.

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