Profile

Cover photo
Michael McCormick
Works at HEREDIUM Probate Research LLC
Attended Brigham Young University-Idaho
Lives in Salt Lake City, UT
207 followers|122,841 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Michael McCormick

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Nice video! I'd love to hear your updated thoughts on FamilySearch Family Tree after watching the latest presentation from Ron Tanner in 2015. http://rootstech.org/video/4054729365001

I think you all are putting in a healthy level of criticism that also recognizes that RootsTech is amazing and a one world tree is an amazing idea. Some people just praise or just complain, but your balance is refreshing. It seems to me that RootsTech planners have taken some of your advice this year. For example, the innovator challenge got recorded this year.

There were way more classes than I could personally attend, including some that I'd consider advanced. That might have been partially because FGS was there. We will have to see how that goes next year. The energy and collaboration is so great that I am not actually as interested in going to a traditional conference class about research in a certain topic. I might just rather watch that as a webinar, but when I am there I love to soak in the expo hall energy and go to the most entertaining presentations. Some of this includes free games, free popcorn, free soda, free promotional items, free collaboration, free opportunities to meet the staff of all these genealogy organizations, scan photos, take funny photos of yourself, experience the new discovery experiences with FamilySearch, etc. Don't get me wrong. I am a serious genealogist, but one of my favorite parts of RootsTech is just having fun surrounded with other people who love genealogy. I purposely miss some of the sessions I know will be recorded so I can spend more time in the expo hall.

At this FGS/RT special year I really enjoyed talking to people at the historical and genealogical society booths in the hall. I get personal collaboration done there that never works quite as well without being there in-person with those people.

I post a little bit about RootsTech on my blog as well as on Twitter. I try to include some of the less publicized product and feature releases that stand out to me. http://enduringlegacygenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/02/my-rootstech-fgs-2015-impressions.html
1
Add a comment...

Michael McCormick

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Stephen, Mary, Erin, and Ben thanks for doing this hangout. I have been doing genealogy for awhile, but I'm just beginning to get addicted to Genealogy Roadshow. What a great program! Stephen, you asked about what to do if you're an 18-year-old (or any age) wanting to get some formal education to go into genealogy as a profession. Some lawyers (and others) actually become great genealogists after they retire. Think about it ;) The National Genealogical Society has a great summary page listing resources for study. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/becoming_a_professional_genealogist
It does not list all the educational programs. Many colleges actually offer a certificate in genealogy, although I only know of about five off hand. In the UK there are actually a few master's degree programs that focus on genealogy, heraldry, and local history. I'm currently helping teach a genealogy associate's degree program online for BYU-Idaho. 
1
Add a comment...
 
I'm an Accredited Genealogist®!
I'm an Accredited Genealogist ® ! See my ICAPGen profile by clicking here . For those few loyal readers who have been following my blog closely for a couple of years, you will know that I set a goal way back in 2012 to get my AG ® credential. It did not wor...
2
Randy Seaver's profile photo
 
congratulations, Michael.  
Add a comment...
 
Missing ancestors, but not sure where to look? A degree in genealogy can help you learn the skills that professional genealogists use to find elusive relations.
"The AAS in Family History Research degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete 17 credits of required Foundations courses, 39 credits of major courses (listed below) plus 4 additional elective credits to reach a total of 60 credits."
http://www.byui.edu/online/online/degree-programs/family-history-research
1
Add a comment...
 
Using Snagit to add source citations to document images
One of my favorite topics lately, for when I am learning about genealogy, has been productivity tools. I am creating a lot more reports than usual, and as I prepare for my upcoming ICAPGen (click to learn more) tests, I have to meet their reporting standard...
1
Add a comment...
 
Share audio about your ancestors: Audio File Upload Feature Now Available on FamilySearch Family Tree
FamilySearch is pleased to announce the new audio files upload feature as part of the Memories tab options in Family Tree. Patrons can now add audio files to FamilySearch, and attach them to their ...
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
207 people
Jared Riddick's profile photo
Rick Casady's profile photo
Doug Eborn's profile photo
elizabeth wise's profile photo
Russ Worthington's profile photo
Cyndi's List's profile photo
Larry Davies's profile photo
Leslie Lawson's profile photo
Randy Seaver's profile photo

Michael McCormick

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
The Generations Project is a good genealogy TV show too that you can still watch online. The last season was in 2012. http://www.byutv.org/show/6f62558b-fc6f-49c5-b8c6-2473785a5b44
2
Add a comment...
 
My #RootsTech & FGS 2015 impressions
Warning: This may not mean anything to genealogy beginners or even some experts. The following are some of my rough impressions from RootsTech, and some of what I felt were highlights. This is not intended to be authoritative or all encompassing. Two of the...
1
Add a comment...

Michael McCormick

Shared publicly  - 
 
A Major Marriage: RootsMagic and Family Historian to become Tightly Integrated with MyHeritage’s Huge Databases
Genealogists have seen this major trend developing in the past few years and a new announcement today qualifies as a major step forward in that trend. Two very popular genealogy programs will soon ...
1
Add a comment...
 
Have you uploaded audio about your ancestors?
FamilySearch is pleased to announce the new audio files upload feature as part of Memories and also the Memories tab options in Family Tree. Patrons can now add audio files to FamilySearch, and att...
1
Add a comment...
 
LDS Church members now have free Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and findmypast.com access, thanks to a partnership in which LDS sponsored FamilySearch shares billions of genealogy records, gathered over 120 years by mostly church volunteers, with these companies.
Forwarded from FamilySearch.org
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
207 people
Jared Riddick's profile photo
Rick Casady's profile photo
Doug Eborn's profile photo
elizabeth wise's profile photo
Russ Worthington's profile photo
Cyndi's List's profile photo
Larry Davies's profile photo
Leslie Lawson's profile photo
Randy Seaver's profile photo
Education
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho
    History, 2011
  • Brigham Young University
    Family History (Genealogy)
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Story
Tagline
Family history enthusiast
Introduction
Michael W. McCormick is Chief Operating & Genealogical Officer at HEREDIUM Probate Research LLC, a missing heirs research firm processing well over one hundred cases each year. Michael graduated from Brigham Young University—Idaho, where he earned a bachelor of science in history, and began teaching genealogy among his peers. He has over 38 genealogy credits (equivalent to a bachelor's degree in genealogy), and countless informal educational experiences. Michael has interned with FamilySearch, and also has previously taken genealogy clients. This fall, Michael is testing at level 3, with the International Commission for Accredited Genealogists, where he is expected to earn the Accredited Genealogist (AG) credential. He is a Licensed Private Investigator in Utah.

Michael's social media presence is solely a reflection of his interests and opinions. His presence does not represent his employer or any other organization. Michael's genealogy interests include the following: professionalism, education and teaching, forensics, FamilySearch, LDS family history work, legislation, technology, networking, and social media. Non-genealogical interests include: family, religion, hiking, reading, family card games, and immigration.
Work
Occupation
Heir searcher
Employment
  • HEREDIUM Probate Research LLC
    Operations Manager, 2012 - present
  • FamilySearch
    Community Development Intern, 2012 - 2012
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Salt Lake City, UT
Previously
Chicago, IL - Gardners, PA - Newport News, VA - Rexburg, ID - Provo, UT