23 June 2010

FamilySearch Record Search Update

The following announcement was made today that will be of help to ALL Genealogists.  I have added some comments and listed the new records in a more concise manner.
26 Million New Names Added for Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S.

Twenty-nine new collections were updated or added this week at FamilySearch.org—with 26 million names and 1.5 million digital images!

The international collections continue to expand with exciting new additions for Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Mexico, and Spain. In addition, nine more indexes were added to the U.S. 1910 Federal Census collection—that means it is 37 percent complete! This project is moving along quickly.

There are now 428 collections from original source records available online at FamilySearch. Search all of these great collections for free online at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (from FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot). [or just click here for Record Search]

See the chart below for the complete concise list of all the newly added or improved collections.

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to help by donating a few minutes online with projects of personal interest, become a FamilySearch community volunteer at FamilySearchIndexing.org. Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

Note: Waypointed images are those that you can browse through. They are not searchable by individual name, however, they are in groups based on location or some other grouping. They are high quality images of microfilm that have been tagged to identify sub-groups. They eventually will be completely indexed.
New waypointed images:
  Costa Rica—Church Records
  Hungary, Abauj-Torna—Civil Registration
  Hungary, Szabolcs—Civil Registration
  Spain, Barcelona—Civil Registration
  Spain, Barcelona, Vich—Civil Registration
  Spain, Cordoba—Civil Registration
  Spain, Gerona—Catholic Diocese Church Records, Part 2
  Spain, Málaga—Civil Registration
  Spain, Ripoll (Girona)—Municipal Records
Added or Updated records/indexes
  France—Protestant Church Records, Part B and C
  México, México—Censo de México de 1930
  México, Durango—Censo de México de 1930
  México, Guanajuato—Censo de México de 1930
  México, Hidalgo—Censo de México de 1930
  México, Jalisco—Censo de México de 1930
  México, Queretaro—Censo de México de 1930

  U.S., District of Columbia—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., Indiana—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., Kansas—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., Kentucky—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., Maryland—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., Massachusetts—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., Minnesota—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., New Jersey—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., Texas—1910 Federal Census
  U.S., New Hampshire—Statewide Deaths, 1901–1937
  U.S., New Hampshire—Statewide Deaths, 1938–1947
  U.S., New Hampshire—Statewide Deaths, Early to 1900

Yes, I have updated the blog layout!

Couldn't sleep the other night and decided to update the blog template!  :)  There are still plenty of things that I need to fix and tweak so please be patient with me. Actually, the data is all the same. The column that was in the middle is now on the left with posts in the middle. I'm also adding a few pages so watch the tabs across the top.

The left column has the BLOG ARCHIVE. That's where you find all the past articles and posts. Below that is the INDEX where you can look for articles based on the subject. So if you are interested in information about census records, click on Census!

Further down the left column are the links to various TOOLS to help you with your family history endeavors; links to help you learn about the various SOFTWARE PROGRAMS available for your use in Family History Centers, as well as the SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES that are provided for your FREE USE at the centers.

Do you need a quick review of how computers work or how to do your family history research? Then you will also find links that will take you to the various resources available for training on the internet, many of which are in video format. How easy can it get? Just sit back in your chair and watch a few videos and learn!

I will also continue to add new tools and widgets as I find them (like those little "fill in the blank" search tools you will find in the left column, towards the bottom). If you know of others please let me know. Then you can use them all in one place. You can currently search the Google historic newspapers, search the genealogy message boards Google books online, and all while listening to great music!

Don't forget about the right-hand column. There are plenty of other bloggers out there in cyberspace who have terrific information to share! The Blog News Feed does just that -- it feeds their most current blog description to the list. You can click on any of those links and you'll be taken to their blog and that specific article! The blog feed is automatic and updates as any one of them updates their blog. So you can check out my blog many times during the day and see new updates from other blogs! How easy is that?

And finally, for those of you who use the Granite South Family History Center, there is a calendar at the very bottom that has the schedule of when we are open and who is working. Remember, even if the center is closed you can get hold of one of your Family History Consultants and they can take you to the center and help you whenever you need it -- whether the center is open or not! Keep finding those missing ancestors. THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

17 June 2010

Visit to Riverton FamilySearch Library Open House

I took the opportunity today to visit the open house at the new Riverton FamilySearch Library and was truly impressed with the new state-of-the-art facility! In an effort to cut some costs and enhance the genealogy research and training processes the Church is moving towards more "regional type" of centers.

Here's your own private tour just in case you don't have the chance to check it out. Here is the front door to the center.

Front desk:

They first took us to a conference room to view one of the videos that was presented at the NGS conference in April. See here for the videos. Click on the tab "videos". The chart below is a layout of the first floor of the building where the FS library is located. The green area in the lower right is the library. The blue area in the upper left is the cafeteria that serves the entire building. It is open daily from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you bring your own food or access the vending machines there are microwaves available.
Here are the facilities in the cafeteria. There are also numerous restaurants and fast food outlets in walking distance of the library.

The following charts were displayed around the building for explanation of the purpose and responsibility of FamilySearch.

The library has tools, crafts, and activities for you to teach children about family history.

Here are some pictures from inside the library. Videos and announcements are projected on the walls of the library.

Rows of microfilm files will house many of the most requested and most used films for the U.S., and all of the British films. Other films can be ordered for a small fee (less than the regular FHCs) and be available for your use, usually within 24 hours.
Plenty of microfilm readers (above) and microfilm scanners (below).

127 computers for research.
Rooms available for staff training and support for patrons.
Saturday classes and seminars and Thursday evening research workshops are made available for patrons in state-of-art training rooms.

Resources will include 50,000 microfilms on site. Check the catalog for details which is available at familysearch.org/fhc/riverton .

Computer databases and software available free for patron use include:

British Isles: Times Digital Archives (U.K.); Oxford English Dictionary; British Library 19th Century Newspapers; FindMyPast; The Genealogist; and BritishOrigins.

International:  Ancestry.com full version; World Vital Records; and Heritage Quest.

Sweden:  Genline.com (Swedish microfilm records) and SVAR (National Archives of Sweden)

United States: Godfrey Memorial Library (contains NewspaperArchives.com); NewEnglandAncestors.org; U.S. 19th Century Newspapers; U.S. Civil War Research Database; U.S. Civil War Letters and Diaries; Images of the American Civil War; and Footnote.com.

LDS Software:  Pedigree Resource Files CDs; FamilySearch DOS

Family History Software:  Personal Ancestral File (PAF); Family Insight; RootsMagic; Ancestral Quest; Legacy; and Family Tree Maker.

The first of the Saturday training seminars will be held July 17th from 9 am to noon. The Thursday evening research classes begin next Thursday evening. A list of upcoming events and classes are located here.

The OPEN HOUSE will continue for the next two days. Friday 1-8 pm and Saturday 10-5 pm.

The library is located at 3740 West Market Center Drive
Riverton, Utah 84065
It is just in the NE corner area of 13400 South and Bangerter Hwy.

13 June 2010

New Riverton FamilySearch Library - Open House

A regional type of Family History Center is opening in the Salt Lake Valley this month and has been named the Riverton FamilySearch Library. Most of the small Family History Centers located in stake centers on the west side of the valley have been closed and will be consolidated into this beautiful new facility. Roughly, 88 stakes with centers from Magna, south to point of the mountain, and east to Draper were closed last month. The new library is located in the Riverton Office Building, located at 3740 West Market Center Drive in Riverton.  (Just off Bangerter Highway and 13400 South).

An Open House will be held June 17th through the 19th, 2010 (1:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday). Round up a friend or two and go visit the new state-of-the-art facility, learn about the resources available and attend mini-training sessions on a wide variety of family history topics. Activities will also be available for children.

The new center will officially open on June 21, 2010 with hours of operation every day, Monday through Saturday (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9-9 and Monday, Friday and Saturday: 9-5). There will be plenty of computers, microfilm and fiche readers, copy machines, and scanners, besides conference and training rooms. All of the other online subscription websites that are currently available in FHCs will also be available at the new library. A full version of Ancestry.com is available in the new library.

10 June 2010

Footnote Offers Civil War Records FREE for June 2010

Here's another great deal from Footnote.com! Take advantage of this opportunity!

The Civil War forever changed the United States and left a wide range of valuable records for historians, genealogists and other researchers. To help you find what you are looking for, or discover something unexpected, we have a new Civil War area of the site that makes it easier to view, search and browse our Civil War collection.
Come see what you can find and discover the Civil War through the eyes of those who lived it. Click here to view the Civil War website.

What's New?

We have also been updating our collections and adding new Civil War titles to the site:
New - Civil War Maps - 1,600 maps from the Library of Congress
New - Civil War Subversion Investigations - Case files relating to the arrest, parole, and release of suspects
• Updated - Union Soldier Service Records: TN, DE, NC, MD, WV, LA, Colored Troops
• Updated - Civil War Pension Files

02 June 2010

UVPAF Users Group - Come Join Me!

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF Users Group will be on Saturday, 12 Jun 2010, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. For directions to get there see the map on the group's website http://uvpafug.org .

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Andrea Schnakenburg on HOW TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER YOUR WARD. This presentation is geared toward family history consultants and family history center directors. Join us as we share some fun and fabulous tips for getting everyone excited about doing genealogy. We'll talk about how to get ward leaders involved, beginners excited, and research moving forward. Come learn how to motivate and inspire everyone, including the people who "just don't have the time".

Andrea Schnakenburg is the Training Coordinator at Ohana Software where she organizes and teaches various free web seminars. After graduating from BYU with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007, she started work with Ohana Software as a graphic designer. That's when she really caught the genealogy bug and she has been learning and teaching ever since. She recently returned to Utah after living in Hawaii where she started her work with Ohana Software. Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history with topics for all levels of expertise and interest.

The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows.
  1. Using the NFS Help Center and Sandbox to Solve Problems by Duane Dudley
  2. FamilyInsight: Separating Incorrectly Combined Individuals and More by Andrea Schnakenburg
  3. The Basics of Photoshop Essentials by Barry Ewell
  4. Mac or PC - The Best of Both Worlds by Larry Hudgins
  5. Individualized Help with PAF and NFS by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen
  6. Video of last month's main presentation, Freeware and Shareware for Family History by Don and Diane Snow
  7. Ancestral Quest by Gaylon Findlay
  8. Legacy by Dean Bennett
  9. RootsMagic by Sue Maxwell
All meetings of the Users Group are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Users Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays.