January 4, 2007

GenClass: Online Genealogy Classes Start Today!

GenClass was first announced about a month ago. Here is a link to Dick Eastman's announcement. Genealogy classes are now being offered online by instructors who previously taught classes for

There are 6 classes offered for January:

Family Tree Maker 16 - The Basics - Learn The Basics of FTM with an Expert.

Jump Start your Genealogy!
- Just where do you start if you are interested in your family tree? - detailed instructions.

Native American Genealogy
- Learn how to start your research for your Native American Ancestors.

Northeastern United States Genealogy
- Research in the NE states is fundamental to the trees of many Americans.

Adoption Investigative Class - Detailed search advice and assistance for successfully locating and reuniting adoptees and birth families.

Lost Friends and Family Investigative Class
- Detailed search advice and assistance on the methods to use for successfully tracing "lost" relatives and friends.

I signed up for the Northeastern US class and hope that it goes well. It is a 4 week course with 2 lessons each week. I already read the 1st lesson and it was pretty good. There are also 2 chat sessions each week in order to ask questions and talk about the lessons.

My only complaint is not knowing when the chat sessions would be when I signed up. Neither of the times are very convenient for someone living in the Pacific time zone. The class cost $30 and will be worth the cost if I feel like I gained valuable knowledge in the end.

August 24, 2006

Placer County Genealogical Society

I have decided to join the Placer County Genealogical Society, now that I live in California. The cost is only $10 a year and they offer monthly evening meetings, monthly day study meetings, and a monthly User's Group for Family Tree Maker. I'm not sure that I'll take advantage of all these meetings, but I am very excited to start off my first meeting tonight by hearing from Stephen P. Morse - The One-Step Website guy. Here is the advertisement for the meeting tonight featuring Mr. Morse.

August Evening Meeting - Thursday, August 24, 2006 7:00 pm

Stephen Morse
One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools

The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes over 100 web-based tools divided into twelve separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.

Stephen Morse is an amateur genealogist who has been researching his Russian-Jewish origins for the past few years. His websites on searching the Ellis Island database and the 1930 census have attracted attention worldwide. He was the recipient of the IAJGS Outstanding Contribution Award in 2003.

In his other life, Steve is a computer professional who has spent a career alternately doing research, development, teaching, consulting, and writing. He is best know as the designer of the Intel 8086 microprocessor (grandfather of today's Pentium processor) which sparked the PC revolution twenty years ago. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and still enjoys tinkering with electronics in his spare time.

I've been using Steve's website today trying to understand it better and there is really a lot of good information there. I've found a few birthdays for living people in my file using his Obtaining Birthdays in One-Step feature. His site makes it so easy to search different databases.

I look forward to hearing what he has to say tonight. And if you live in the area, come along!

August 17, 2006

Dick Eastman's Voice Chat Tonight

Last week Dick Eastman initiated his first conference call for genealogists using the Internet. This is available through a free service from Skype that allows anyone with a computer, microphone, and headphones to make a call over the Internet for free.

Here is his original announcement.

And here is his write-up of the first voice chat.

Tonight will be the second voice chat session starting at 10 PM Eastern Time, 7 PM Pacific Time. Last week there were around 20 people chatting together and I bet there will be a lot more tonight.

July 18, 2006

Sacramento Temple Open House

I recently moved to the Sacramento area just in time for the opening of the new LDS temple in Rancho Cordova. For those of you who don't know the purpose of LDS temples and how it relates to Family History work, please check out this link at

There will be an open house for the temple through most of August. It will start Saturday, July 29, 2006 and go until Saturday, August 26, 2006 (excluding Sundays). Everyone is welcome to attend the open house and take a 45 minute tour through the temple, even if you are not a member of the LDS faith. Once the temple is dedicated September 3rd, only members of the LDS faith may enter.

To order tickets to the open house, click here. The temple is located at:
2100 California Cir
Rancho Cordova, CA


This is what the temple will look like when completed (provided by the website). You can also see the curent status of the temple with the minute-by-minute Sacramento TEMPLECAM.

May 30, 2006

BYU 2006 Family History and Genealogy Conference

The following is an announcement about the upcoming BYU Family History Conference.

Theme: Strengthening Ties That Bind Families Together Forever

The 38th annual BYU Genealogy and Family History Conference will be held August 1–4, 2006, in the BYU Conference Center.

More than 100 classes will be offered throughout the conference, allowing participants to gain new skills and helpful information. Class topics include Beginning Family History, Family History Center Support, Computers and New Programs, Europe/Nordic Research, British Research, U.S. Research, Methodology, and Publishing Family Histories. We invite you to attend the conference to learn new techniques and to build and strengthen your family ties through genealogy and family history.

For more information on registering please click on this link.

March 24, 2006

National Archives Hosts Free Genealogy Fair April 19

Contact: National Archives and Records Administration, 202-357-5300, Web:

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 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 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

(via U.S. Newswire)

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 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 A brochure on the Institute can be requested by writing to:

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

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.

January 18, 2006

BYU's Annual 2006 Computerized Genealogy Conference

In October I announced the dates for the upcoming BYU 2006 Computerized Genealogy Conference. BYU announced the dates March 10-11, 2006 as well as the feature presenter to be Cyndi Howells, webmaster of My mom has just informed me that BYU has updated their website and started registration for this conference and the guest speaker(s) have actually changed, though the dates remain the same.

2006 Conference Dates: March 10–11, 2006

March 10–11, 2006, are the dates of this year’s Computerized Genealogy Conference. This conference is designed to be a how-to guide for everyone, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced researchers. Join us to learn how advancements in computer programs have revolutionized genealogical and family history work.

The featured presenters for this conference will be Curt B. Witcher and Alan Mann. Witcher is the department manager for the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the past president and current director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and past president of the National Genealogical Society. He also serves as a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association.

Alan Mann is a manager of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and is an accredited genealogist researcher in England, the Channel Islands, and Australia.

Registration will begin January 5, 2006. Register online or call (801) 422-8925

To register online, click here. The cost is $120 to attend, or $168 to attend and receive college credit. To just get the syllabus is $30, or the PDF is $20.

January 17, 2006

Salt Lake City Research Trip

A Salt Lake City Research Trip is planned for the week of Sunday, February 12, 2006, 6:30pm - Friday, February 17, 2006, 5:00pm. Their website advertises this:

Join us for the ideal genealogy vacation at the Family History Library. This event provides an opportunity to spend a week at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City with professional researchers on hand to provide help and advice at regular intervals.

For registration and itinerary information visit this website. The registration deadline is January 30, 2006. If you can't make it for this research trip, there will be 2 other ones later in the year: June 11-16, 2006 and October 22-27, 2006.

January 13, 2006 Workshop - Sandy, Utah

The following is an announcement emailed to me from my dad. I thought I should post it since I live in Sandy, Utah and hopefully will be able to attend.


November 7, 2005

Heritage Creations Salt Lake City Christmas Tour

In 1985 Leland and Patty Meitzler started the Heritage Creations Salt Lake City Christmas Tour. They decided they wanted to help genealogy researchers with a tour sponsored at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. December seems to be a slow month at the FHL with the holidays, so they have arranged a tour every Christmas since 1985. This year the tour dates are:

Sunday, December 4 through Saturday, December 10, 2005.

To find out more information about the Heritage Creations Christmas Tour click here.

Here is the cost and sign-up information for the Tour.

And here is the Class Schedule.

October 11, 2005

BYU 2006 Computerized Genealogy Conference

I just found the following announcement from BYU.

March 10–11, 2006, are the dates of this year’s Computerized Genealogy Conference. This conference is designed to be a how-to guide for everyone, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced researchers. Join us to learn how advancements in computer programs have revolutionized genealogical and family history work.

The featured presenter for this conference will be Cyndi Howells, owner and webmaster of Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet (, a categorized index to more than 240,000 online genealogy sites and other resources. Cyndi’s List has been voted the best genealogy site on the Web and receives more than 3.2 million visits each month. She is also the author of three best-selling genealogical research books on the Internet.

At the Computerized Genealogy Conference last year, more than 600 participants learned about new programs that can simplify and enhance genealogical research. Topics included running genealogy software, working with databases, e-mailing to do genealogy, and finding useful tools on the Internet. Some of our participants summed up their experience at the conference by saying, “I learned everything I hoped to learn,” and “I’m full of new ideas, enthusiasm, and new skills, ready to get to work when I get home!” Vendors were available throughout the conference to showcase their products. Mark your calendars now for our March 10–11, 2006, Computerized Genealogy Conference, which promises to introduce to you the newest ideas in genealogical research.

The 2006 Computerized Genealogy Conference site will be online early in 2006, so please check back. In the meantime, check out the 2005 Computerized Genealogy site in PDF format .

BYU Religious Education, BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy, BYU Computer Science Department, LDS Family History Library, and BYU Division of Continuing Education

We invite you to join us for this great experience, a unique opportunity to meet with fellow genealogists and computer enthusiasts and to learn from leaders in the genealogy computer world (both faculty and vendors).

For further program or registration information, contact:

BYU Conferences and Workshops
136 Harman Continuing Education Building
Provo, UT 84602-1516
(801) 422-4853

The price for the conference will be $120 for regular admission and $168 for college credit admission.

July 13, 2005

BYU Genealogy and Family History Conference

The 37th annual BYU Genealogy and Family History Conference will be held in just a few weeks starting Tuesday July 26th and going until Friday July 29th, 2005. It will be held in the BYU Conference Center located at 770 East University Parkway in Provo, Utah. Each day the conference starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 6:15 p.m., except on Friday when it ends at 4 p.m.

The cost for a normal registration is $175 (So if you're deciding between this Conference or the one in Salt Lake, the Salt Lake early bird registration would be cheaper). If you want to get college credit for the conference it will cost $322. You can also just buy the syllabus too, $45 for a paper one and $25 for a CD in PDF format.

The theme for this conference is "Building a Lasting Legacy." The seven focus groups will include: Beginning Family History, Family History Center Support, Computers, Europe/Nordic Research, British Research, U.S. Research, Methodology and Publishing Family Histories.

For more information please visit the BYU website.

July 11, 2005

FGS Conference in Salt Lake City

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) are holding a conference in Salt Lake City. The conference is titled, "Reminders of the Past-Visions for the Future," and will be held from Wednesday September 7th to Saturday September 10th, 2005. For more details please link to the FGS website.

The cost of registration for all 4 days is $159 if you register before July 26th. The normal price after July 26th is $189, so you save $30 by registering early. You can also register for just one day for $81 if you do it early, and $95 after July 26th.

The Fun Stuff for Genealogists Company is giving away one free admission. The instructions to enter can be found at their site. The site does says that the deadline for entries is August 14th, which means you would be too late to order the registration with the early bird discount if you don't win. Someone brought this to Bev's attention though on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and Bev responded by saying she would change the deadline to July 25th, so those who find out they didn't win the free registration can still buy the discounted registration from the FGS site.

The FGS President says that "[This conference] will be this year’s premier genealogical event, west of the Mississippi River."

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