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A lot of positive vibes are being presented to seek our cousins and I dig that. Unfortunately, there is a step before you head off to search for your cousins that you must not over look. #beginningfamilyhistory #familysearch  
For many, family history isn't worth doing because 'it's all be done'. In recent years, a counter to that argument has been, “then search for your cousins” or “you're work isn't done until you can tell me how we're related.” ...
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If you have pictures you haven't added, you aren't done.  If you know stories you can tell, you aren't done.  I know, I am in that stage now, with many stories floating in my mind and memory.  Let us not forger the stories of our lives, our parents, and grandparents.  Remember what you were told and what you experienced.  I am 68, and my parents and grandparents told me stories.  That will be lost when I make my final journey home,  That is true for many of us.  You cannot enter your own personal history, but you can "journal" daily,  with a special journal for stories of your journey.  Make it easy for your children and grandchildren.  Also organize your photos, etc.
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FamilySearch: Where Do I Go From Here With My Hispanic Research?

Congratulations you’ve found your first historical document for your ancestor from Mexico! Now the question is where do I go from here? For many beginning researchers, the next steps can make all the difference in future success or frustration. So where do you go from here?

First, make sure you are keeping track of your searches by using a research log. This can be in the form of a notebook or diary with notes about where you’ve looked and who you were looking for. You could also use any number of pre-printed forms available online or create your own.

Next, analyze the information you’ve found. What clues were found in the record that will lead you to your next search – ages, places of origin, names of parents, spouse, children, or siblings? All these should be used to help guide your record selection.

Before you begin searching for an ancestor always make sure you have enough information to be able to identify your ancestor in a record. If you find a man or woman with the same name as your ancestor, how will you know if it’s the same person? Can you link them with a familial connection because you know the names of parents, a spouse, children, or siblings? Are they in the place you expected them to be? If the age is what you thought it should be but that is all you know, are there any other people in the same area with the same name? How can you positively identify your ancestor? Evidence and the absence of evidence can both be used to prove or disprove a connection. Sometimes you may have to take a step back on your family tree and document the previous generation well in order to continue your journey from the known to the unknown.

If you would like to learn more about Hispanic Research methodology, we invite you to participate in an online webinar to be broadcast from the Family History Library on Saturday, March 14th at 1 p.m. MST. The class will be broadcast using WebEx. To join the class and click on this link or visit the FamilySearch Wiki page Online Webinars from the Latin America Research Team. If you have difficulties using WebEx, please download a PDF with basic instructions.

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Congratulations you’ve found your first historical document for your ancestor from Mexico! Now the question is where do I go from here? For many beginning researchers, the next steps can make all t...
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FamilySearch Tree: New Traditional View in Family Tree

If you’ve logged in to Family Tree lately and thought “Wow. That looks different,” you’re right: The Traditional Pedigree view on FamilySearch has received a major upgrade that adds a new look and easier access to key information.

What’s New

In a nutshell, we’ve expanded the amount of information displayed for each ancestor in Family Tree, and we’ve added new ways to decide how you want to view that information. Read on for more detail on the changes and how they will guide you as you make connections with your ancestors.

View Changes

There are several visual enhancements to the traditional pedigree view of Family Tree.

* Portraits—The preferred portrait for each person is displayed on the couple card.
* Marriage Date—The earliest marriage date also appears on the couple card.
* Research Indicators—Colorful icons appear in the couple card to the right of each individual and also to the right of marriage information. These icons indicate what steps you can take to discover more about that person or relationship (more information).
* Invert Colors—You can now choose between a light gray and dark gray color scheme. You can switch by going to the Show menu and selecting Invert Colors (more information).

Navigation Changes

In addition to the new display items in the Landscape Pedigree View, some functional changes make it easier to use the Tree and even enhance the experience on a touch pad device (such as a tablet).

*Simplified View switcher—Instead of a drop-down menu to switch between the different Family Tree views, we’ve added a row of icons that appears below the main tree navigation.
* Show or Hide Panel—Clicking Show at the top right expands a drop-down menu with options for showing or hiding informational icons (more information).
* Scrolling—You can now use a mouse scroll wheel to move the view and see different parts of the tree. You can still click on the surrounding area around the tree and drag to change your view.
* No Hover Actions—The controls available on each couple box are always displayed, meaning that you no longer need to hover to see children or additional spouses.

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FamilySearch Tree: The Show or Hide Menu

The Show or Hide menu allows you to select which research indicators and view options you want to see in Family Tree. To access the menu, click the Show button at the upper left of the web browser window. The drop-down menu will appear.

Check the box next to each item you want to show or hide (checked means it will show). You can also select Invert Colors to change the color scheme—Dark Gray or the default Light Gray are your options.

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FamilySearch: You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Searches—What Next?

In a Thursday afternoon session of RootsTech 2015, titled You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Searches- What Next?, Karen Auman, PhD and Brigham Young University professor, outlined a process for genealogists and family historians to move beyond basic searches and census records when seeking their family history and relatives. The key, according to Auman, is focusing your discovery efforts through the 4 steps of directed research.

Have a plan.
Create a specific, written goal, ensuring it is manageable and has boundaries of completion. Instead of “Trace my ancestors back to Adam and Eve,” try something like “Find the biological family of my grandmother, including her parents and siblings” or “Detail the family life of my grandfather.” Write it down and refer back to it to ensure you’re staying on track.

Know the history and customs of your ancestor’s geographical location.

Learning about the area and understanding the regional history can open new avenues of research and ensure you don’t waste time or money on irrelevant sources. For example, maps might indicate a large mountain range preventing migration in one direction or rivers facilitating migration toward a nearby city, understanding the jurisdictions of the location will help you to know where to seek potential records, or you may discover the region was settled by certain types of people from specific locales. For example, a jurisdiction may not have granted parental rights to women, so children were officially considered orphaned once the father, but not the mother, had died, and be listed in Orphan Court records. You can find geographical information on the Wiki or Wikipedia by typing in place names or topics. The GenWeb page for the county you’re working in or local historical societies are also good sources.

Discover what records are available to search.
Some records were never created, have been lost or burned or are not available; eliminating these focuses your search in productive areas.

* Know the record jurisdictions. For example, divorce records might be kept somewhere separate from marriage and birth records.
* FamilySearch Wiki includes links to online records. Scroll all the way down as additional resources are added to the bottom.
* Search the FamilySearch Catalog. This includes books and other materials that you can search by surname or location. A useful tip is to include multiple geographic levels (e.g., search the state and not just county or city).
* Search the Wiki. This is includes The Red Book, which looks at location and The Source, which is by source-type.
Search the Card Catalog. Filter by location and look at many jurisdictions.
* Look at local libraries, genealogical and historical societies. Check State and University Archives as well.


Some search strategies are more productive than others. Focusing on the most effective methods of searching will save you time and a lot of effort.

* Search methodically, based on the written goal. Keep excellent notes on alternate sources such as wills, probates, church records, marriage records, and land records.
* Outsmart the record makers and indexers. The people who make the records are not your ancestors, names are frequently spelled incorrectly and dates can be inaccurate. Always try a variety of spellings and date ranges.
* Unindexed records may actually have an index so check them. Unindexed records have been digitized but not yet transcribed, however the original scanned image may include indexes from the original records. For example, land records and wills needed to be frequently searched by county governments and county clerks, so indexes were created. Click on the records and review them. Look through the images to understand the particular indexing system that jurisdiction used and be certain to check both the beginning and end of the records, as the index may be an addendum or in another volume.
* Google with specifics. For example, google a name with a date range and a regional location, as opposed to “Young, United States.”

Now you’re ready to discover your ancestors beyond the census!

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Wondering if anyone could help. 

I am looking to try and find any information that I can about 2 ancestors of mine. the first being Andreas Wilhelm Kaelber b. ABT 1725 in Germany and his son Andreas Kaelber b. ABT 1752 in Germany. 

I am looking for any other children of either man. birth places? multiple marriages? children with multiple women? Anything is appreciated!!! I have exhausted much of my resources and am asking the community as a last resort! Thank you all !!! 
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google  Tanner Sousely.  He is a young energetic genealogist with a lot of ideas and a lot of talent.
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FamilySearch Blog: John Adams & Thomas Jefferson: Intertwined in Life – and Death

John Adams, the nation’s 2nd president, and Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president, were a large presence in one another’s life – a connection that continued to the day they both died: 4 July 1826, the 50th anniversary of the young country they were instrumental in creating and leading.

John Adams (1735-1826) and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), were friends and companions as they fought for independence from the British government. Although Jefferson was ultimately the author of the Declaration of Independence, Adams was initially favored to draft it and was on the writing committee – from which position he convinced the other members that Jefferson was the right man for the job. After the Declaration was written, Adams was perhaps the loudest and most assertive of its supporters and was hailed as a champion to the cause – which only increased the goodwill between the two men.

Their individual personalities and political opinions about how the new government should function, however, proved to be radically different. John Adams was aggressively in favor of a strong federal government and his bold, pushy demeanor alienated many. Thomas Jefferson was refined and gentile. He strongly defended the rights of the individual states over the rights of the federal government. The two clashed constantly on political issues.

Both ran for the offiThomas Jeffersonce of president of the United States after George Washington. Adams won the office in 1796 with the most votes and, as was customary at the time, Jefferson was made vice-president after receiving the second-highest number of votes. It was a role Jefferson despised. He ended up beating Adams for the presidential office in the 1800 election and set to work undoing as much of Adams’s work as he could. He called it the “Revolution of 1800.”

In their latter years, they were able to set aside their differences and repair the relationship, maintaining a strong, steady correspondence for the last 14 years of their lives. On 4 July 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, they both lay in their sick beds. Jefferson died first, but Adams didn’t know that when he said his last words: “Jefferson survives.” Adams, being older, was one of the longest-living presidents. He died just months shy of his 91st birthday. Of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, only Charles Carroll was still living after Adams and Jefferson died.

In the midst of celebrating the nation’s 50th anniversary, Americans marveled that these two great leaders and friends died together on such an important day – the only time in U.S. history two presidents have died on the same day.

As the following obituary noted:

“The coincidence is a remarkable one. It seems as though Divine Providence had determined that the spirits of these great men…should be united in death, and travel into the unknown regions of eternity together!”

Obituaries – of ordinary citizens as well as famous people – help provide the details of our ancestors’ lives. GenealogyBank’s deep newspaper archive of over 1.7 billion records holds story after story about the people who built this nation, along with their births, marriages, and deaths. Find your ancestors’ stories today and see what they’ve done.

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And Thomas Holeman/Holman..recently found docs Jefferson wrote on behalf of Jane..a long list of Adams exists in my family DNA LOL
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The Ohio Genealogical Society is in need of new bookshelves and a furnace.  Can you help?
A library without shelves to put their books on is only a big storeroom. The Ohio Genealogical Society has run out of shelf space and needs more shelving units to be able to display their holdings properly. Please help us obtain the proper shelving for our acquisitions. An estimated $6,000 is nee...
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FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Brazil, Japan, Russia, and the United States

FamilySearch adds more than 1.1 million indexed records and images to Brazil, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 744,919 indexed records from the US, New York, Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792–1906 collection; the 144,735 indexed records from the US, Illinois, Soldier burial places, 1774–1974 collection; and the 85,387 indexed records from the Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833–1885 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Watching your brother be shot and scalped, being kindknapped, sold, traded for a rifle, and not recognized by your own mother.
The hard life of Henry Stansell. 
Henry Stansell  While doing research for another family friend of mine, I came across the story of an uncle of hers. His name was Henry Stansell. He was born on the 1st of October, 1765 in New York to William Stansel and Eliz...
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FamilySearch: The Inside Scoop on FamilySearch Partnerships

Did you know that now has over 60 certified partner applications (or ‘apps’)–and that number continues to grow! These partner apps include familiar websites such as Findmypast, ResearchTies, Ancestral Quest, and, plus many more. If you are a FamilySearch user, what exactly does this mean for you? It means you now have even more options and ways to assist your family history research, and some of them intend to make your research fun.

Partnering with FamilySearch simply means that these other websites are allowed to take information from FamilySearch and use it in their interface, helping you find more ancestors and broadening FamilySearch’s worldwide audience. Ryan Koelliker, partner services administrator for FamilySearch explained the reasons why they have partnered with so many other websites, and why they plan to add even more this year. With millions of people globally searching their ancestors online, there needs to be wider access to services and resources that caters to the needs of different cultures and users. After all, says Koelliker, “We deal with both the living and the deceased.” Even gaming apps are being introduced on FamilySearch. Why? Because we should stop thinking of family history as just a genealogy industry, says Koelliker, and more of an entertainment industry. After all, family history can be fun. Why not create gaming apps that will entice the young as well as the old?

To learn more about these partner apps, go to and scroll to the bottom of the home page. Three boxes appear. The middle box is labeled “App Gallery.” Click on “get started” to be directed to dozens of other links that will help you search millions of historical records online.

Have you tried some of these partner apps? Do you have a favorite already? Tell us about it by leaving a comment in the comment box below. We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

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This is exciting news. Wow!  I have been wanting to expand beyond the normal tree to include cousins through the generations. Now I have to get busy!  Thank you.
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FamilySearch: The Bible: It Just Might Save Your Life – Literally

By Thomas J. Kemp

The Word of God has been known to save the lives of many on a daily basis.  And then there is John Brotherton, 1729-1809 (MD4H-4T5). The Bible saved his life – literally. In the mid-1700s Brotherton was in fierce hand-to-hand combat when a bayonet pierced through his belt, several layers of clothing, and 52 pages of his pocket Bible. That Bible slowed down the bayonet and saved his life.

According to Brotherton’s obituary in the Hampshire Gazette, when he left “his native cottage” to join the British Army, he “took with him a small Bible, determining to make it the companion of his marches.” Faith made Brotherton a better man. His family was deeply religious and John himself was described as a man of “boldness and intrepidity” with a demeanor that was “gentle” and “without offense,” setting him apart from his fellow soldiers.

John Brotherton served with his regiment during the Seven Years’ War (1754-1763). (In America this is called the French & Indian War.) While we don’t know the specific battle when that pocket Bible saved his life, John’s obituary tells us that he fought in Germany against the French at the Battle of Minden in 1759.

This illustration gives us a good idea of the fierce, hand-to-hand fighting that John Brotherton experienced during the Seven Years’ War.

Brotherton served faithfully, returned home, and lived to be 80 years old.

Thanks to GenealogyBank, John’s gripping story is passed on to us today.

According to his obituary, one of Brotherton’s brothers was given this special Bible at the time of his death.

Does the family still have this heirloom Bible? Do they know why there is a large gash in it? Do they know the details of John’s military service and how this Bible saved his life?

Obituaries showcase life. While some obituaries may only give a line or two about the deceased, many include important stories. Brotherton’s miracle inspires us all to value life, and be thankful for the things that keep us alive. Family history helps connect us to the stories of our past.

GenealogyBank lets us dig deeper into the times our ancestors grew up in, and find the details of their day-to-day lives. We all have a John Brotherton in our family tree. We only need to look and find their story.

GenealogyBank’s deep newspaper archive of over 1.7 billion records holds story after story about the people who built this nation, along with their births, marriages, and deaths. Find your ancestors’ stories today and see what they’ve done. Find your John Brotherton.

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That's an amazing story.
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Friends there is this girl on Instagram and someone has just wish death on her to many times. Then she almost committed Death. This is not okay. Please if you have an Instagram please report 4chainchain. This needs to stop NOW.
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FamilySearch Tree: Research Indicators in Family Tree

Research indicators help you know what information or action is needed for a person in Family Tree. Two places in Family Tree show you these indicators: Descendancy View and Landscape Pedigree View.

The Indicators

There are four indicators currently available in Family Tree. In each case, clicking on the indicator will open a window, showing you what information is available.

* Green Request Ordinances —Shows if temple work is either available or underway for an individual.
* Brown Record Hints —Tells you that there are Records Hints for the person. This means we found this person in an automated search of records like the US Federal Census.
* Blue Research Suggestions —Offers potential next steps for research that need to be done for the individual.
* Red Data Problems —Flags missing data or other information that needs to be fixed for an individual’s record to be complete.


You can decide which of the indicators to show in Family Tree. The Show drop-down, located at the top right of the web page, has check boxes that will allow you to select which indicators you want to appear in Family Tree (more information).

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Research indicators help you know what information or action is needed for a person in Family Tree. Two places in Family Tree show you these indicators: Descendancy View and Landscape Pedigree View...
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FamilySearch: The Family History Library Announces Free Classes for March 2015

During the month of March, the Family History Library will be hosting a number of free online family history classes and webinars. These classes and webinars are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach important family history techniques. They are free to the public. Information about specific classes is listed below, as well as information on how to register for classes.

March 7:  New England States Research Series. The classes include “Town and Vital Records” at 9:30 a.m., “Probate, Land, and Tax Records” at 10:45 a.m., and “Pilgrims Progress and Migration Patterns” at 1:00 p.m.

March 7:  Arbol Familiar Para Principiantes Webinar is a class for Spanish-speaking guests and starts at 1:00 p.m.

March 14:  Hispanic Research Methodology: A Case Study Webinar. This class starts at 1:00 p.m.

March 21:  Hispanic Research Series Webinar. This series is for Spanish-speaking patrons. The classes include “Conozca los sitios asociados de FamilySearch: Inscripcion y findmypast,” “Conozca los sitios asociados de FamilySearch: Ancestry y MyHeritage,” and “Como utilizar Mejor el Wiki FamilySearch.” These classes start at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

March 28:  German Research Series. The classes include “Finding and Using German Address Books on Webinar,” “Finding and Using German Lineage Books (OSB) on Webinar,” and “German Research: Using Metasearch on Webinar.” These classes run from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Webinars can be accessed by going to, and then click Wiki,then Family History Library, then 2.2 Live Online Classes for details.

These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach others family history techniques.

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FamilySearch: Community Calendar: Genealogy and Family History Conferences

The following is a list of selected genealogy and family history conferences and other family history related events hosted throughout the United States and around the world.

Mapleton Utah Family History Center
475 N Highway 89 in Mapleton, Utah
7 March 2015
Flyer with information

Roseburg Oregon Family History Center Community Genealogy Workshop
Roseburg, Oregon
March 7, 2015.

The Dallas Genealogical Society Spring Lecture
Genetic Genealogy Analysis and Tools; a Step Beyond the Beginner Level
March 21, 2015

Hill Country Family History Seminar
Boerne, Texas
March 27-28, 2015

South Davis Family History Conference
Woods Cross High School, Woods Cross, UT
April 11, 2015

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America 2015 Spring Seminar
German Genealogy—Research, Technology and History
Plain City, Ohio
April 25, 2015

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America 2015 Spring Seminar
German Genealogy-Research Technology and History
April 25, 2015

British Columbia Genealogical Society
2015 Seminar with Jill Morelli
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
May 9, 2015

National Genealogical Society
St. Charles, Missouri
May 13–16, 2015

Palatines to America 2015 National Conference
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
June 26 – 27, 2015

Of Roots and Branches—Ogden FamilySearch Library 2015 Conference
Ogden, Utah
12 September 2015
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What’s New on FamilySearch—February, 2015

Each month, FamilySearch will publish a collective list of new changes and updates to the FamilySearch website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as well as all other part of FamilySearch. In some cases, these changes will also be published as individual articles where the needs to do so exists.

570 Million New Record Hints

Record hints continue to improve the accuracy of information in Family Tree and help our patrons find more names of ancestors. An additional 570 million record hints were released on January 22.

Hinting by the numbers:

* December 23: We released 14 million new record hints.
* January 22: We released another 570 million new record hints.
* On average, 98 percent of the hints are accurate.
* Because of the January 22 release, record hints were added to 120 million deceased people who did not have hints before.
* Approximately 1 out of every 10 records attached also adds a new person to Family Tree.
* 6 million hints are now attached to Family Tree.
* Over a million records are being added to Family Tree each week.
* On Sunday, January 25, we hit an all-time record high with 197,090 hints attached to Family Tree.

Enhanced Attach Refinements
User testing of the SourceLinker attach tool has helped identify several changes that would improve the tool for the users. The following changes are now available:

* Next or Previous Has Been Added to the Image Pop-ups

When you view an image in the pop-up, you will have the ability to view the next or previous image. This allows you to view entire families when they are split across census images. The option currently appears only if the family or person is split across different images.

* Open Image in New Window

When you view an image in a pop-up window, you can choose to open that same image in a new window after you dismiss the pop-up window and return to the attach tool. To view the image in a new window, click the Toggle Full Screen icon.

* With the Attach Tool, Add People from a Record to Your Source Box

The attach tool lets you add a record source to your Source Box. Now it also lets you add a person from the record to your Source Box. This is helpful when the information in the record is different from the information in Family Tree and you want to verify which information is correct before you attach the record. You can add a note to remind yourself what information you want to verify. When you are ready, you can easily finish attaching the record.

To add the person to your Source Box, click the Add to Source Box button below the person’s name and information.

Improvements for Transferring Information to Family Tree from Your My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together Booklet

In November, these updates were reported as “Coming Soon.” They are now available.

Speed and Flow. The speed of loading information and adding it to Family Tree has improved.

Usability. In response to user feedback, the children and sibling pages have been rewritten.

There are now more explanations for users about creating a digital record, finding matches in Family Tree, and adding new information to the tree.

Mass Copy. If ancestors in your booklet are already in Family Tree, you can now copy their information into the online version of the booklet with one action. This feature saves you time and lets you focus on adding photos, stories, and new people.

Additional Languages. The booklet capture is now in these additional languages: Armenian, Dutch, Fijian, Hungarian, Khmer, Mongolian, Swedish, Samoan, Thai, Tongan, and Ukrainian. You may select the language in Family Tree, or your browser may detect the language. This will help users who speak these languages have a better experience transferring their information from printed booklets to Family Tree.

To select an additional language, do the following:

1. Go to
2. In the ribbon near the middle of the page, click Family Booklet. It’s important to remember that the additional languages appear only after you go to the family booklet page.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Language.
4. Click the language you want.

Mobile Devices. We’ve ensured that all of the pages in the application display and function properly on mobile devices (both tablets and smart phones). This extends booklet capture functionality to many users who have Internet access through mobile devices.

PDF Output. You can now export your online booklet to a PDF format that can be printed or shared with others.

FamilySearch App Gallery

Partners have created their programs to work with They are also helping to get the world’s records online more quickly. The FamilySearch App Gallery lists our partners’ products. Many of these products are certified to work with FamilySearch and can help you do more with

Here are the categories in the new FamilySearch App Gallery:

* Find Ancestors. These apps help you discover more of your ancestors by searching historical records.
* Family Tree Software. These apps help you stay organized and build your family tree.
* Photos and Stories. These apps help you find, preserve, and share precious family memories.
* Charts and Tree Views. These apps help you view your family tree data in a variety of interesting ways.
* Tree Analyzing. These apps help you uncover areas of your family tree that need more attention.
You can see the new app gallery at It replaces our old products page and lists our partners and the certified apps. Selecting an app takes you to a page where you can learn more about what the app does, how it works with FamilySearch, what languages it is available in, what it costs, and how to get it.

You can also get to the app gallery from a link on the bottom of the home page. Scroll down, and look for it in one of the boxes at the bottom of the page. The boxes rotate, so if you don’t see the app gallery, refresh your screen (press F5 for most browsers), and look again. You may have to refresh your screen a couple of times. We’re working on getting a more permanent link on the home page.

Shutdown of

The website was replaced by The website took place on February 2. It will still synchronize with Family Tree on, but you will not be able to sign in or view, and third-party programs will no longer be able to access the data on the site.

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FamilySearch: 21st-Century Italian Genealogy

When Michael Cassara submitted his proposal 21st-Century Italian Genealogy to the RootsTech committee last year, he had no idea that he would be listed as one of FamilySearch Blog’s 20 Can’t Miss Sessions to “dive into your ancestry.” Speaking to a full house of Italian genealogy enthusiasts, Michael shared some often overlooked sources for identifying an Italian ancestor’s comune [town of origin] as well as an impassioned plea for Italian researchers to lead the campaign for good sourcing and thorough research.

Michael’s premise is that Italian genealogy is becoming easier and easier as records continue to be digitized and posted online, yet identifying the comune [town] of an ancestor can be a researcher’s greatest challenge. He listed 4 resources that may help those of Italian descent find their ancestor’s place of origin:

1. Immigration and Naturalization Records — specifically NARA A-Files (Alien files)

The National Archives Records Administration A-files are not an online source but contain a plethora of information if your ancestor is found. Visit the NARA website for more information.

2. Social Security Applications (SS-5)

This is another document that is not available online, but as Michael says, for $27 a researcher can obtain vital information, including the names of parents and the commune of birth.

3. Cemeteries

Michael volunteers to document the stones of the oldest and largest cemetery in the United States, Calvary cemetery. He shared an experience that he had when he went to help a fellow genealogist by taking a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone. It took about an hour to find that one stone! Anyone who knows Calvary cemetery knows that one can get easily lost and that is exactly what Michael did, or so he thought. A few steps away he found the tombstone of his own great grandfather with information beneficial to his own research. He said that we can call it whatever we would like, but he called it serendipitous.

4. Italian Genealogy Group found at

I was so happy Michael identified the Italian Genealogy Group to help find the comune of origin for one’s ancestor. [And, even though the group is called the Italian Research Group, it’s not only good for Italian research but also for Irish research and anyone else who lived in New York City.] The Italian Genealogical Group is an organization dedicated to furthering Italian family history and genealogy. IGG has indexed many of NYC’s vital records: deaths as early as 1862; marriages as early as 1864; and births as early as 1878. The time period depends on the boroughs and counties. John Martino and his fellow members continue to do a great work in providing this database to those researching their New York ancestors, specifically, the Italians.

As all Italian researchers know, the town of origin is the key necessary to unlock many more generations in the family tree in Italy.

Once the town of origin is known, other records will help a researcher strengthen the roots of their family tree. Again, Michael presented 4 resources for researchers to consider:

1. Civil Records
Michael highlighted the vast amount of Italian civil records that continue to be made available online. He also reminded participants that not all available records are online and can only be found on microfilm. He highlighted the Italian collection at

2. Church Records

Church records in Italy may be much harder to obtain, but can help a researcher trace their lineage back many more generations. The challenge researchers face is that these records are rarely microfilmed or digitized, there is limited access, and they are mostly written in Latin.

3. On-site research, researchers, and translators

Currently, not all civil records are digitized or on microfilm and language may be a barrier. Michael stressed that anyone tracing their Italian ancestry would benefit from exhausting all stateside resources first. He said that when the time is right, a trip to Italy may be in order.

There are 3 ways to conduct family history research in Italy:

* Go in person. This may require that you hire a driver, translator or guide, or a professional researcher to accompany you.
* Hire a researcher to go for you. Michael says that this option may cost a fraction of what it would cost to visit Italy yourself.
* Conduct research via correspondence. The FamilySearch wiki can assist you in writing to the civil offices or church parishes of your ancestors.

4. DNA

Michael acknowledges that those who descend from Italians are not yet heavily involved in DNA testing for genealogy, but highly encourages more people and their relatives to get involved.

Michael Cassara also feels strongly about leaving “the research landscape better than we found it.” He suggests the following activities:

1. FamilySearch Indexing

In his presentation, Michael encouraged everyone to begin or continue indexing Italian genealogy records with FamilySearch. Later, I interviewed Paul Nauta with FamilySearch who reported that at the current rate the Italian digitized collection will take over 100 years to index. [This is not exciting news for anyone with Italian ancestry but thanks to the Innovator Challenge we have hope. The second place winner of a $7000 prize went to Planet’s ArgusSearch. They have created handwriting recognition software. Although they have not yet expanded the capabilities to Italian handwriting, the demonstration video can be found on YouTube, titled ArgusSearch. In the meantime, keep indexing!]

2. FamilySearch FamilyTree

As we contribute and source our family trees in FamilySearch FamilyTree, all will benefit.

3. FamilySearch Memories

Photos and stories will only enhance our efforts to connect with family.

Michael believes that “we are blessed with some of the richest and most consistent genealogical records available.” He is excited about the new technology that can augment the effectiveness of Italian research methodology.

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FamilySearch: Infected Young

Two budding genealogists in opposite hemispheres caught the genealogy bug and connected online and finally in person at RootsTech. Caitlin Gow, a 24 year-old genealogy blogger from Brisbane, Australia with a delightful Aussie accent, graduated with a bachelor of criminology and criminal justice. At the same time, Caitlin became involved with genealogy at the age of 18 when she was infected with the genealogy bug and is now a confirmed family history nerd.

Caitlin started her own genealogy blog in 2012, and soon was doing YouTube videos about her passion for genealogy in August 2013 in conjunction with national family history month in Australia. She has belonged to FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) for about a year. It has been her dream to cross the seas to attend RootsTech “someday” and she knew 2015 was THE year because both FGS and RootsTech would be held jointly in Salt Lake City and now that she was done with college, she treated herself to the trip as a graduation present!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch (so to speak), 20 year old Dalton Smith was attending college in Dallas, Texas where he plans to focus on Naval Architecture – if you don’t know what that is, it means he wants to design ships! But, alas, he too caught the genealogy bug at the age of 16 when he followed his long time desire to understand where he came from and what ethnic groups he is made of by having DNA testing done for his four grandparents, a great grandmother and himself.

Dalton is a fan of and follows FGS and first heard about Caitlin when he received a link from FGS to one of her YouTube videos about her upcoming trip to RootsTech. When Dalton saw that another person in his age bracket was as passionate about genealogy as HE was, he decided to contact Caitlin through social media channels and they decided to try to meet up two weeks later when they would both be in Salt Lake City.

“I had never met another physical person my age that was into genealogy” said Caitlin, so it was exciting to connect with another “buggy” young adult, and she was happy to take him under her wing and introduce him around with contacts she has made through her FGS associations. They were stoked to see teenagers at RootsTech and feel like technology makes genealogical research more attractive to young people.

I asked what their favorite classes were so far at RootsTech, and Caitlin said hers was attending her idol, “Legal Genealogist,” Judy Russell’s FGS class. In fact, she sees Judy as a role model for combining her legal career and genealogical interests and hopes to interview her for her blog. Likewise Dalton feels the attention to detail needed for architecture is an asset for a possible dual career as a genealogist.

I asked what their favorite classes were so far at RootsTech, and Caitlin said hers was attending her idol, “Legal Genealogist,” Judy Russell’s FGS class. In fact, she sees Judy as a role model for combining her legal career and genealogical interests and hopes to interview her for her blog. Likewise Dalton feels the attention to detail needed for architecture is an asset for a possible dual career as a genealogist.

I asked about their heritage. Caitlin said she has a lot of Scottish heritage, but when she mentioned her mother was from Texas, I asked if it was possible that she and Dalton might be related. They hadn’t even looked into it, but when they were handing me their business cards, Caitlin saw a family name on Dalton’s card and found a possible connection! They both have ancestors with a common last name from Alabama. They might soon be saying, “I’m a Cousin!”

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