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Ask -the-Pros — Question and Answer — Patronymic or Matronymic

Question: What is a patronymic or matronymic? Answer: A patronym, or patronymic, is a name that is based on the name of the father, grandfather, or any important male in the family. Example: In Scandinavia the surname “Hansen” mean “Hans’ son” and “Carlson” means “Carl’s son”. patronymic → “pater” (“father) + “nym” (“name”) A matronym, or matronymic is part of a personal name based on the mother’s name or any other important female in the family.  In Iceland the name “Mínervudóttir” means “Minerva’s daughter”. You often see matronyms used in Spanish names. matronymic → “mater” (“mother”) + “nym” (“name”) … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros — Why you should go to a Family History Retreat

Ask-the-Pros — Why you should go to a Family History Retreat

For some time now, Family History Expos has been conducting Family History Retreats at various locations around the country. There are several planned for calendar year 2014. Here is the list of planned Retreats: Family History Retreat at the FamilySearch Library Salt Lake Plaza Hotel 122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84010 April 7 – 12, 2014 Family History Retreat in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites 1875 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo, ILlinois, 62354 April 23 – 27, 2014 Family History Retreat at … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Replacing PAF

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Replacing PAF

Question: What software should I use now that PAF is no longer supported by FamilySearch? Answer: There are several programs available. Celebrating My Family Tree and Me (My Family Tree) is the software we use and recommend. We do own the software and use it in our family history research classes. My Family Tree is Share Certified by FamilySearch, and powered by award winning Ancestral Quest. Our programmer, Gaylon Findlay, was the designer for PAF. You don’t have … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Finding a train wreck

Question: I am trying to find an account of a local train accident that killed a relative in 1883 outside of Buchanan Ky. I have contacted the C&O railroad but records such as these were destroyed. I have contacted the library genealogy dept in Boyd County, but they find no record. Any ideas of where I can go from there? Answer: The first place I would research would be the newspapers. But I always start by identifying the locations on a map and getting an idea of the county and the adjacent counties. You refer to “Buchanan” in Kentucky and say that you checked the Boyd County library. I assume from your statements that Buchanan is supposed to be in Boyd County. However, Boyd County, Kentucky does not have a town or unincorporated … Read entire article »

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Advertise with Family History Expos Classified Ads

Searching for a long lost ancestor? Trying to connect with family members who are still presumed living? Have a genealogical service or product to buy or sell? Did you know that you can advertise your genealogically related service or product with a Family History Expos Classified Ad? Family History Expos can assist you by placing your ad in our classifieds. Ads will also be distributed to each attendee at our upcoming Family History Expos in the Expos schedule, and posted on the Family History Expos website for the whole world to see. Ads will run for three months from the date they are posted. Have your ad read by all attendees at our Family History Expo and others around the world! Just imagine, the most dedicated researchers in the geographic area of your … Read entire article »

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Are You Attending RootsTech in Person or Virtually?

Are You Attending RootsTech in Person or Virtually?

This evening official RootsTech bloggers will descend on Salt Lake City, we are all excited to learn and share all that we can with you. If you are attending RootsTech it is a sure bet you will not be able to attend every class on your wish list. But you can depend on others attending classes to be blogging, tweeting, and talking about their experiences via social media too. For those of you who are not … Read entire article »

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FamilySearch Photos (Beta) Introduced at Arizona Family History Expo and St. George Family History Expo

FamilySearch Photos (Beta) Introduced at Arizona Family History Expo and St. George Family History Expo

The following presentation went online today for the Family History Expos in Mesa, Arizona and St. George, Utah: FamilySearch Photos (Beta) (All Levels) FamilySearch is introducing a new feature — FamilySearch Photos. This feature allows us to upload images of our ancestors, tag/identify ancestors in the photos, and associate the tagged ancestors in the photos to the Family Tree. Come see how you can share photos of your ancestors with your family and the FamilySearch community. Timothy G. Cross Friday, … Read entire article »

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Weekly Webinar – Sept 25, Make a Family History Calendar

We want to thank everyone attending our weekly webinar series using Heritage Collector Software. Using Quick Pages to Make a Family History Calendar This week Marlo will show us ways to get ready to make a fantastic family history Christmas present. Click on the following link to reserve your place  at the webinar: http://heritagecollector.com/Webinar/FHEwebinars.htm We will also be offering some discounts and links to free graphics at the webinar. Here are the basics of the class: Using Quick Page Templates make it quick and easy to create a great looking calendar Using the templates Personalizing the template Creating the Calendar Printing or sharing the calendar as a PDF Register to attend one of our Webinars today! You will gain many research advantages by learning from the pros who know! http://heritagecollector.com/Webinar/FHEwebinars.htm … Read entire article »

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Speaker at Family History Expos featured on National Public Radio

Ruby Coleman, a professional genealogist, lecturer and author was recently featured on NETRadio, Nebraska’s National Public Broadcasting station. The online and audio commentary is entitled “Grave registry seeks to honor Nebraskans forgotten by time.” The article discusses the Nebraska State Grave Registry and Coleman’s efforts in preserving both the history and the grave sites in the state. Ruby Coleman will be a speaker at the Colorado Family History Expo, June 01, 2012   1:00 pm – June 02, 2012   4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs, 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado – 80906. She will also be the Keynote Speaker at the MidWest Family History Expo, September 07, 2012   1:00 pm – September 08, 2012   4:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 110 South … Read entire article »

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Snagit for MAC!

I use Snagit on my iMac when I want more than a screen capture. You can use it to make a copy of something of interest, then draw attention to the parts you want to show off with customizable arrows, colorful speech bubbles, unique stamps, and more. This is also a good way to support your favorite websites. When you find an error code “Snagit” and let the webmaster know about so they can fix it. Have fun trying out Snagit, you can learn more from the Techsmith website. There are free versions you can download so be sure to use your search engine for deals. You can purchase the full versionsif you are a big time snagger like me. Register to attend one of our Expos today! You will gain many … Read entire article »

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