27 June 2013

PAF users have a new home at RootsMagic; Upgrade offer and Free Quick Start guide

If you are a current user of PAF genealogy software take a look at this RootsMagic offer for you. RootsMagic will make your transition as easy as possible and you will find a whole new list of possibilities for your family tree.

Remember that as of July 15th, 2013, PAF will no longer be supported by FamilySearch nor will it be available for download.

So take advantage of this great offer and read all the detail at PAF Users Have a New Home. You will even receive a free quick start guide.

21 June 2013

100 Years of Change

Then vs. Now
Source: MoneyChoice.org

FamilySearch No Longer Supports PAF or Provides Downloads

FamilySearch has announced that beginning July 15, 2013, PAF will be retired and will no longer be available for download or support from FamilySearch. PAF users should consider alternative products to meet their ongoing personal genealogy management needs.

For full details and for information on alternative products, please visit http://familysearch.org/PAF.

FamilySearch has worked hard to establish partnerships with third-parties to provide the best experiences for patrons.
  • PAF users should consider third party products as a solution that provides similar functionality but added benefits (such as connecting to FamilySearch Family Tree)
  • FamilySearch encourages patrons to use third-party products that are certified to work with FamilySearch FamilyTree.
This is a great opportunity to explain the value of this partner eco-system and focus on those benefits and the quality of partner solutions, rather than focus exclusively on the discontinuation of PAF.
Anyone using PAF currently is encouraged to visit http://familysearch.org/PAF  and get started in migrating to one of the recommended products.  It is appropriate and encouraged to have Family History Consultants and Library support personnel host events and/or train patrons on how to migrate to the various products, discuss the advantages, and allow them to make their own choices.  

NOTE: When using LDS church buildings and resources for these activities, products will not be sold nor will sales be solicited to exclusively promote only a specific product to patrons, as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will maintain a neutral position whilst providing informative guidance.  Also, third-parties must abide by these guidelines if their employees or representatives are invited to participate in the activities in person or by phone or web conference. 

14 June 2013

Riverton FamilySearch Library Free Seminar-June 15th

Come join in the fun and learn more about ways to get your family involved with Family History!

Riverton, Utah

Zap the Grandma Gap
This keynote presentation shares the ten most important ideas for you to connect to your posterity by connecting your posterity to their past.  If they are bored, you are doing it wrong.  Based on the book and workbook Zap the Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook: The Particulars About How to Connect to Your Family by Connecting Them to Their Family History, (www.zapthegrandmagap.com) Janet Hovorka helps you figure out what will work in your family. You can take your family history from snoring and boring to exciting and inviting.

Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap–Connect to Your Family by Connecting Them to Their Family History book and workbooks.  Janet writes The Chart Chick blog and the Zap the Grandma Gap blog, writes for numerous genealogy publications, and widely lectures about genealogy.  She is the immediate past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy and library science at Salt Lake Community College.

Following the keynote presentation from 9:00–10:00 a.m., two blocks of four classes each are offered that will cover topics of interest for beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history enthusiasts.

The classes available from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. are:

•   “Using Neighborhoods to Solve Difficult Problems: A Case History from New York State” - Bart Kowallis
•   “Naturalization Records” - Pat Jensen
•   “The Bred, the Wed, and the Dead: U.S. Vital Records” - Beth Taylor
•   “Introduction to Ancestral Quest” - Bud Wood

The classes available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are:

•   “U.S. Migration Patterns” - Mary Hill
•   “Where There’s a Will There’s a Probate: U.S. Probate Records” - Beth Taylor
•   “Organizing and Presenting Your Photos: Picasa and Other Freeware” - Don Snow and Linda Snow Westover
•   “Using ‘My Source Box’ on FamilySearch and Family Tree” - Linda Baker

Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 Market Center Drive. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.

03 June 2013

Be Prepared-Changes Coming to Genealogy Software Syncing to new.FamilySearch

Exciting changes abound! Yes, you need to look ahead and be prepared if you are currently using a genealogy software program version that still sync's your data to the "old" new.FamilySearch only. FamilySearch has released cutoff dates to vendors for writing to the "old" new.familysearch. 

As of 30 June 2013 write capability for the Family Tree API version 2 (the program that FamilySearch built for 3rd party vendors to access) will be turned off. The Software versions that still use this Family Tree version will be able to read the file until the end of 2013 but not write to it. Remember that beginning on 3 May 2013 you could no longer combine or separate records in new.familysearch. This is the next step in removing new.familysearch possibly by the end of 2013.

A collaboration toolkit will be included in the new version of the API which includes sources and discussions. To maintain FamilySearch certification, all the vendors must re-certify by 15 September 2013 after the collaborative features are added. This will be terrific for users because we will be able to start adding sources to the FamilySearch Family Tree from our genealogy software as soon as our particular software vendor adds these features to their program!

Here is the Windows status of FamilySearch partners as of  2 June 2013. The key to understanding the icons is listed below. 

As an example, the only software programs currently certified to work with FamilySearch Family Tree have a check mark to the left of their name. Also, if you currently use PAF you may want to consider moving to another certified software program if you want to read, write, and share data to the FamilyTree. There are free software versions available that will provide you access. The only one that currently reads and writes to FamilyTree is RootsMagic version 6 or the free version, RootsMagic Essentials version 6.

Here is the key to the above icons:

To continue to follow the status changes of the Windows programs listed above or to see those certified for the Web, MAC, or Mobile apps, click here.

Come Join Me at UVTAGG Group Meeting and Classes - June 8th

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 08 Jun 2013, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website http://uvtagg.org and the press releases are at http://blog.uvtagg.org . Saturday morning 08 Jun 2013 will be the marathon races down University Avenue in Provo, so expect delays when trying to cross University Avenue to get to the meeting in Edgemont.

The main presentation this month will be by Alan Mann on TECHNIQUES FOR SUCCESSFUL SEARCHING.  This presentation will demonstrate how different search parameters and terms give different results, with some suggestions specific to FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast, and Google.  Alan E. Mann, AG®, is an accredited genealogist in England, Australia, and the Channel Islands and is a popular speaker.  He is a senior research consultant in the FamilySearch's Family History Library in Salt Lake City and in the past has been a community manager for the FamilySearch Community Services team and the Information Services manager for the Family History Library.  He has taught British Research for BYU (History 412, 413, and 481) and various computer courses for Salt Lake Community College.  Alan writes columns, reviews, and articles for several magazines, and presents around the country about genealogy, the Internet, and British research.  He has been on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association (2004-2009), was program chair for GenTech 2000 in San Diego, and was co-founder and co-chair of the BYU Annual Computerized Genealogy Conference (1998-2002,2006-2010), now replaced by the annual RootsTech conferences.  He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, has lived in 9 states and Puerto Rico, France, and England, and has visited 46 states and 14 countries.  He attended the University of North Dakota and BYU majoring in accounting and minoring in French and speaks fluent French and some Spanish.  You can find much more information about him and his presentations and publications at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:MannAE .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  Check the meetings page at http://uvtagg.org/ for last minute changes or additions.  
  1. Doing English Research in the 21st Century, by Alan Mann
  2. MAC: Genealogy and Law: How Law Helps You Understand Records, by Stephen Ehat (Bring information about an ancestor for him to do a legal search for you there.)
  3. Ward Family History Web Sites: A Unifying Tool, by Abe Martin
  4. Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom, Finn Hansen, and Beth Ann Wiseman
  5. Video of last month's main presentation: Writing A Personal or Family History, by Don Norton
  6. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
  7. Legacy, by Dean Bennett
  8. RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell.
All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually about 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays.