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Family History Retreat at the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

Family History Retreat at the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

We love family history and know you do too! Come join us April 7-12, 2014 at the Family History Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have set up an opportunity for you to learn first hand how to research and use the Family History Library onsite and at home. You don’t have to be a professional to research like one! We have set up this event to assist you in focusing on the principles and … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Vital Record Substitutes

Question: If you can’t find a vital record in the United States what can you do? Answer: Here are a couple of ideas to help when vital records are hard to find. To figure when civil registration of vital records began is a specific state you can look  ”Redbook” available online through Ancestry. While civil registration is a relatively new tool for learning about ancestors vital recordings there is still hope. Church records are full of great stuff! Different religious organizations had emphasis on different practices but this is a great place to start. Identify the church your ancestor may have attended. Then learn if the records are kept locally or archived regionally. The FamilySearch Library Catalog has large collections of church records be sure to check there. Check for guides to the church … Read entire article »

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16 Documents Associated with a Single Marriage Contract, Really?

This year we are offering a series of Genealogy and Local History Retreats in various cities. At the Retreat we will be assisting attendees to learn about and understand the six basic record types used successfully by professionals to get the best results and break down research barriers that others seem to have such difficulty with. One of the basic record types we will be discussing is “Marriage Records.” You may think, “DOH! That’s a no brainer!” But, did you know at the time a marriage takes place there may be 16 original documents associated with it? Let me describe some of them to you. We’ll break them down into two time periods, before the marriage and after the marriage. Before the Marriage there is evidence of the “Intent to Marry” with … Read entire article »

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Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Five

Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Five

In this final article in this series, we will cover one of the most important parts of any genealogical research. There are basically three things you need to know to identify an ancestor: a name, a date and a place. Of these three, the most important, by far is the place. Names can vary over time and be spelled in a multiple of ways. Dates can be vague or unavailable. In order to find an … Read entire article »

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Free Webinar and Heritage Collector Software

Free Webinar and Heritage Collector Software

We have a special gift for all of our readers this Christmas. A free download of Heritage Collector Standard and a free Webinar to teach you how to use it. Join us on Monday December 16th at 10:00 am to learn how Heritage Collector will help you organize your photos, create photo collections, and index between collections. It allows use of hotspots on photos to identify individuals in the photo, create slide shows, and add … Read entire article »

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Beyond Death Certificates – The Documents that Accompany Death

Many genealogical researchers are under the impression that death certificates are practically the only way to determine the date of death of an ancestor. On the contrary, death certificates are not the only methods of determining death information, but in fact, they are a rather recent development in the world of record-keeping. For example, some of the Western states of the United States did not keep consistent death records until the 1900s. For a quick way to determine the earliest dates of governmental maintained death records is to view the FamilySearch.org Research Wiki on the subject of vital records for each of the states and counties in the United States. If we examine the sequence of events that usually occur subsequent to the death of an individual, we can find that … Read entire article »

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Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Four

In our first three posts on this subject, we listed a few websites in categories that were somewhat related. In this post we will mention a number of websites that have general genealogical interest and give the reasons for including them in the list since they mostly do not fall into distinct categories. When compiling such a list it is sometime hard to know when to stop. That is likely the reason for some “Top Forty” and other types of classifications. These particular websites seem to be among those we have most visited and that alone is the criteria for inclusion. Here is the list. National Archives and Records Administration of the United States The National Archives of the United States hold many genealogically valuable records including military records, census records, immigration … Read entire article »

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New Events for 2014

New Events for 2014

We would like to wish our readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2013 has truly been a wonderful ‘Birthday Year’ for Family History Expos. Each of you have played a big part in the celebration. During the past ten years we have organized and executed literally hundreds of events. Personally, I (Holly) have listened to thousands of fascinating family history research and brick wall stories, thanks for sharing. I have also heard many … 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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Important Websites to Help Your Research — Part Three

Important Websites to Help Your Research — Part Three

This is Part Three of a series on important websites to help your genealogical research. In Part One, we covered Google Searches and the Four big online database programs, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FamilySearch.org and findmypast.com. Part Two focused on websites with large numbers of digitized books. This post will cover some of the most important library websites. One of the most recent trends is the expansion of public and private libraries into the area of providing … Read entire article »

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