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FamilySearch:  If I’d Only Known! Beginner Genealogy Mistakes.

Looking back at my years of doing genealogy research, I can see several mistakes I wish I wouldn’t have made. Some of them were serious enough that it makes me cringe just a bit to think of them. Some of my mistakes were not so bad, such as not creating a good workable record keeping system for keeping my records neat and organized. I always knew which box each file was in but it sometimes took me a while to find the exact document I was looking for. But a few were quite serious, such as the time I didn’t bother to double check some information that someone sent me which resulted in me doing research down a wrong family line. Every time I think about that mistake I am reminded of my high school days when my mother would scold me, “What! You don’t have time to do it right the first time but you have time to do it all over again?”

The FamilySearch Learning Center has a great 30 minute video that talks about common mistakes beginning genealogist often make and discusses how to avoid making those mistakes. The video is titled If I’d Only Known! Beginner Genealogy Mistakes.  I recommend this video not just to beginning genealogists but to anyone doing genealogy research. Yes, that means those of us who have been doing research for decades. This video serves as a great reminder of mistakes that even the seasoned genealogist make from time to time.

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FamilySearch Family Tree:  Saving and Printing a Portrait Pedigree.

As more families share photos with Family Tree, you will see more photos of your ancestors. You can now create a PDF to save or print a portrait pedigree. The pedigree displays the preferred portraits for 5 generations of ancestors. (A preferred portrait is the small photo that appears by your ancestor’s name on Family Tree. The 5 generations are the person you select and the person’s spouse, their children, and 3 generations of the person’s ancestors).

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FamilySearch:  Celebrate Independence by Imaging War of 1812 Headstones.

It’s July and, to Americans, that means celebrating independence. History buffs know what we’re really celebrating is independence through not one, but two American Revolutions – the War of 1812, waged to settle some residual territorial issues with Britain, was then called the “Second Revolution.”

This month, BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) are partnering to image all cemetery markers for participants of the War of 1812. This initiative is in conjunction with FGS’ current Preserve the Pensions Project to raise funds to digitize the 7.2 million images of the pensions for War of 1812 veterans.

BillionGraves president Hudson Gunn said these headstones are old and crumbling. It’s really only a matter of time before they disappear entirely. “Let’s digitize images of these markers while we still can. July seems like an appropriate time to get it done, while we’ve got American history on the brain,” he said.

It’s estimated that around 350,000 men may have served in the war. It’s impossible to know how many have cemetery markers, but there could be as many as 50,000-80,000 for these veterans.

Military markers for fallen soldiers and sailors may be found in cemeteries near the eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast areas of the United States. Veterans’ headstones could be just about anywhere – Americans are a mobile people! The quest for these headstones could very well turn into a fun (and seasonal!) National Treasure Hunt.

We’d love your help! Hop online and find out if your local cemeteries have any markers for War of 1812 veterans, then upload your images to the BillionGraves website using their free mobile app. Once your images are uploaded, let us know on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #1812today and/or #warof1812 and/or #billiongraves.

And be sure to get involved with the Preserve the Pensions Project by helping FGS meet their July fundraising goal of – appropriately — $1,812 per day.

These combined efforts will provide a very valuable asset for researchers and historians researching 1812 veterans. This is exciting stuff!

Help us preserve these important pieces of our country’s documented history! Do it during July to honor and remember those who fought to preserve our freedom during America’s “Second Revolution”!

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FamilySearch:  Join the Worldwide Indexing Event.

Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 and 21 for an international history-making event! The goal? For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record!

This remarkable goal will require help from every current indexer and arbitrator out there, plus many new volunteers,* but it can be achieved if generous volunteers like you commit to participate. So mark your calendar and spread the word! Invite friends and family to join you. Organize an indexing party; create a fun family challenge or a society or church service project. Everyone is needed. Everyone can make a difference!

No matter where you live or what language you speak, you can participate and add to this historic worldwide achievement. You may choose to work on any project you prefer. However, we suggest that you work on the following projects in your native language:

US—Obituaries, 1980–2014
US—Passport Applications, 1795-1925
US, New Orleans—Passenger Lists, 1820-1902
UK, Manchester—Parish Registers, 1787-1999
The record-setting begins at 00:00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21, which is 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT or Utah time) on Sunday, July 20. It ends 24 hours later, at 23:59 UTC (or 5:59 p.m. MDT) on Monday, July 21. Check the FamilySearch Facebook event page for your local start time and status updates.

Through the selfless efforts of worldwide volunteers like you, millions of people have found their ancestors. At the end of this exciting 24-hour event, millions more records will be available and ancestors will be found!

One batch is all it takes. Don’t miss your chance on July 20 and 21 to be part of this history-making event! Plan now to get involved and add your name to the record-setting legacy!

*New indexers can visit to learn more about how to join the FamilySearch indexing effort.

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I participated in the  2July 2012 event (for the 1940 U.S. census) and hope to be there this time around!
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FamilySearch:  Family History Sustained Me.

When Bill Cardwell experienced difficulties in life, he found peace in researching family history.

He began by accumulating what others had done. He eventually started working with his brother to see what they could add, searching for temple ordinances that needed to be completed.

When Bill was in high school, he wanted to go on a mission because his older brother did. He tended to want to do everything his brother did. But Bill eventually rebelled. Instead of following his brother into the mission field, he joined the navy. During the four years he served, he took up smoking and drinking.

After his navy stint, he lived with his brother. By that time they had little in common. One Monday night, Bill came home planning to watch football and have a beer. His brother had friends over for family home evening. That’s when Bill met his first wife.

They dated, married in 1974, and bought a home in Granger (now West Valley City), Utah. Four children followed between 1975 and 1981.

In 1981, Bill’s wife asked for a divorce. He tried to save the marriage, but it didn’t work out. To stay close to the gospel, Bill began devoting himself to genealogy research. Every Friday, he traveled to the Family History Library, near Temple Square. He took notes, transcribed them at home, transferred them to his computer, and printed them. He created a lot of paperwork.

Bill says, “Researching family history sustained me by keeping my mind active. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. I know I found some things through the guidance of the Spirit. Sometimes I had chills down my back, and I could feel the Spirit guiding me. When that happened, I knew I had to keep going. I had to put the family together by continuing my research.”

There were many complications. Family names changed; MacCardwell, Cardell, and Hollis had common people, dates, and locations. “My third-great-grandfather joined the Church in England. I found records of him baptizing other members of his family and finally the records of them coming to the United States in the 1870s and settling in the 21st and Immigration Wards. Their children moved on to the northwestern states and to Canada.”

Bill says studying family history sustained him during difficult years and continues to sustain him today. He says, “It was the mystery that sustained, and it still hasn’t been completely solved.”

Bill is now working on putting all the information he gathered over the years on He’s scanning marriage records and obituaries—he has over 900 obituaries. He’s entering data he has cleaned up and is anxious to begin uploading photographs.

The new features at suit Bill very well. He says, “Now I can go in and clean up the records. I can correct names and dates, when before that was impossible.” One example of the need for his cleaning efforts was a woman who appeared to be married to her son. “The son’s and father’s names were the same. Correcting the birth dates cleared that up.”

When asked why he is so adamant about genealogy, Bill explains, “I want to leave a legacy for my kids. At the age of 42, I had to start over again, coming out of a difficult divorce with almost nothing. I don’t have a lot to pass on, but I can provide a family legacy.”

Bill is excited about entering his information into because, he says, “Once it’s done, it doesn’t have to be done again. Now I have a lot of confidence in the work that has been done and the ordinances that need to be done.”

Bill taught himself how to use the new FamilySearch features just by using them. Now that he’s comfortable, he’s looking forward to digitally preserving important documents online and shredding all the other paper he accumulated over the years. He says, “Once it’s all on the Church’s computer files, I’m confident about getting rid of all that paper.”

In the immediate future, Bill plans to finalize the scanning and entries so people can see his information.

Bill Cardwell says, “I still have days when I shut the computer off, but I can’t shut my mind off. Sometimes that’s good because that’s when I get ideas on how to find someone. That’s when I find revelation.”

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FamilySearch: One Billion Images of Ancestral Historic Records Rebirthed Online.

FamilySearch International ( announced today the online publication of its one billionth image of historic records at, a feat that took just 7 years to accomplish. If you don’t have the time or means to travel where your ancestors walked, perhaps you can begin unveiling their fascinating lives through the tidal waves of new online historic records that can recount the stories of their lives. The billionth image was published in’s growing Peru civil registration collections.

“Although a few social sites like Flickr and Facebook can boast over a billion photos contributed by users, there is no site like that has published over 1 billion images of historic records online,” remarked Rod DeGiulio, director, FamilySearch Records Division. “And a single digital image can have several historic records on it—which means there are actually billions of records in our browse image collections online for people to discover and volunteers to index.”

Hidden in the growing collections of digital images are billions of census, immigration, military, birth, marriage, death, church, and court records that are priceless for family historians seeking to connect the family tree dots to their elusive ancestors. And the images come from national, state, municipal, and religious archives all over the world.

FamilySearch started preserving and providing access to the world’s historical records for genealogy purposes in 1938 using microfilm and distributing copies of the film through its global network of 4,600 local FamilySearch centers. In 2007, it made the shift to digital preservation and access technology and began publishing its massive historic records collections online.

It took 58 years to publish the first two billion images of historic records on microfilm—which was limited to patrons of its local FamilySearch centers and affiliate public libraries. In the past 7 years, it has been able to publish one billion images at, which expands access to anyone, anywhere, with Internet access. DeGiulio projects the next billion images should take about 3 to 5 years to publish.

70% of the online images currently come from FamilySearch’s initiative to digitally convert its huge microfilm collection for online access. 25% comes from new camera operations—275 camera teams digitally imaging new historic records in 45 countries that have never seen the light of day or the Internet. And 5% come from agreements with partnering organizations.

Currently, FamilySearch publishes about 200 million images of historic records online each year (averaging about 500,000 per day) making the vast majority of them accessible for the first time to more people from anywhere in the world.

It also means more historic records are being preserved and protected against future damage and loss, and the speed at which they are being made available online for research is rapidly increasing. For example, it took 18 months on average for FamilySearch to make a historic document available to the public using microfilm. With the new digital technology, a camera team digitally captures the image from its current resting place in some archive somewhere in the world today, and in just 2 to 4 weeks, it can be accessible online for the first time. It’s a new dawn for historic records preservation and access.

“These historic records are now literally going from the archive to your living room in brilliant, high definition images, just like that. The world’s archives are coming to you online,” added DeGiulio.

FamilySearch’s ultimate goal is to make the information from the billions of historic records in the digital images more easily searchable online for family history purposes. That will happen as FamilySearch’s growing base of online volunteers pore through each document searching for names and other relevant information. They have already indexed 3.2 billion records in this manner at The most popular record collections today indexed by volunteers are the U.S. Censuses, immigration, and birth, marriage, and death records.

FamilySearch has worked with more than 10,000 archives in over 100 countries. Patrons will be impressed at the large diversity of records available online, like the Swedish church records and Peruvian civil registration.

“We are very pleased with the excellent cooperation we have enjoyed for many years between FamilySearch and the National Archives to microfilm and scan the Swedish church records. The simplicity of finding and reading about one’s ancestors on the web in the millions of scanned records will attract many beginners of all ages,” said Tomas Lidman, former Director, National Archives of Sweden (SVAR).

“The National Archive of Peru is very happy with the cooperative relationship we maintain with FamilySearch. It is already bearing beneficial fruits to the people of Peru,” Added Dr. Lizardo Pasquel Cobos, former Director, National Archive of Peru.

What to Do

Visit, register for a free account, and use the Search feature to explore indexed records and the “Browse All Collections” feature to search digital images of historic records for your ancestors. If you want, attach your discoveries to their respective ancestors in your free FamilySearch Family Tree online.

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FamilySearch Blog:  FamilySearch Blog Now Lets You Print Articles.

The print button is finally here!  We’ve heard from many of you that you would like to print blog articles without having to go through the hassle of cutting and pasting content into a separate Word document. Well, our programmers have heard you and they’ve made it happen. You can now begin printing your blog articles with the simple click of a button. It’s simple.

* Find the blog article you want to print.
* Go to the bottom of the article.
* Click the blue Print Article button. A print menu will appear.
* Click OK.

It’s as easy as that. No more cutting and pasting. It will even print the images that are part of the article. This is especially nice if you want to print articles that contain instruction for using FamilySearch features and use them when teaching a class or with one-on-one instruction.

Keep in mind that because you are creating a paper copy of the article, none of the links contained in the original post will print as live active links. Because of that, it may be useful to go back to the blog post, click on the links discussed in the article and write the web address for that link some place close to where it is referred to in the article.

We hope this makes it a lot easier for you to save your favorite blog posts. Enjoy!

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FamilySearch Partner News:  

FamilySearch works with a variety of partners to help provide you with as many ways as possible to find your family members.

FamilySearch is also pleased to announce ST ViewScan Premium, and MagiPhoto for Windows Phone are now Tree Access Certified. Find-a-Record Research Assistanceis now Tree and OrdinanceAccess Certified . “Certified” means the product is compatible with and has features that conforms to our strict standards of quality.

 Tree Share or Tree Share (full tree read and write) – Certified to read and write Family Tree data to match, compare, and modify records. Also includes required certification for sources, discussions, change history, and interaction with community members.

Tree Access or Tree Access (tree read only) – Certified to read Family Tree data to analyze, display, or print family history reports and charts.

Sources or Sources (Tree Access or Tree Share required) – Certified to read Family Tree data allowing user to match and reference online “sources’ such as records, photos, documents, and media that provide evidence of events and relationships.

Discussions or Discussions (Tree Access or Tree Share required) – Certified to read, write, and comment on discussion threads for individual records in Family Tree.

Change History or Change History (Tree Access or Tree Share required) – Certified to read and list changes made by contributors to the Family Tree, sources, and discussions.

LDS Features or LDS Features (Tree Access or Tree Share required) – Certified that specific data and features for ‘LDS members only’ can only be accessed when the user is appropriately logged in to FamilySearch. Tree Access Certification is necessary for reading ordinance information, Tree Share Certification is necessary for requesting, changing, sharing, and printing Family Ordinance Requests (FORs).

Find-A-Record Research Assistance is now Tree and Ordinance Access certified. Discover research opportunities with Find-A-Record Research Assistant. It generates different types of research opportunities such as finding missing information, finding missing people, finding sources, fixing problems, and reserving ordinances. It guides you through the research process and tells you how to update your ancestor’s information in the Family Tree.

MagiPhoto for Windows Phone is now Tree Access certified. MagiPhoto makes adding photos and documents to FamilySearch memories easy.  You can take a picture with the camera on your phone, or use a picture you have already taken and easily upload and tag the people in the image to people in the FamilySearch tree.    Works on Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.

ST ViewScan Premium is now Tree Access certified. Genealogy researchers can upload microfilm content directly from the screen of our Digital Microfilm Viewing and Scanning systems to their accounts at Simply view the microfilm records and find images of family photos, records, documents and family stories. Use our enhancement tools to clean and adjust the image you are viewing, and click to capture each one in about a second. Now just select Family Search as the destination for your documents, and enter your user credentials. Without having to exit the ST ViewScan program, or log in to the Family Search program website separately, all of the selected images are immediately placed in the proper format, and uploaded to the appropriate destination file folder of the family tree. The FamilySearch feature is included exclusively with the ST ViewScan Premium Software at no additional cost to the institution or the users. It is compatible with all models of ST ViewScan Digital Microfilm Systems.

See these new products and previously certified products at

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FamilySearch Family Tree:  Selecting an Ancestor to Appear in the Main Position When You Sign In.

In the past, when you signed in to Family Tree, the tree always opened with you in the main position, and then you navigated to the people you were interested in.

You can now select an ancestor so that when you sign in, Family Tree opens with that ancestor in the main position. This helps users who are researching a specific family or people who are demonstrating Family Tree but don’t want their own information displayed on the screen. The feature allows users who are single to set their pedigree to display both sides of their ancestry. The feature also keeps the ancestor near the top of the history list so that he or she is easy to return to. And it’s easy to change when you’re no longer focusing on that person.

Change the Starting Person

To set an ancestor as the starting person, you will need the ancestor’s identification number from Family Tree.

1. Go to the person in Family Tree, and copy the number.
2. In the upper right corner of the screen (just below Get Help), click your name.
3. Click Settings.
4. Click the Preferences tab.
5. Click in the box, and add the ancestor’s identification number.
6.  Click the Save Changes button. The ancestor’s name appears above the box.

Each time you sign in, Family Tree will display the person you selected in the main position. If you want to change the person, repeat the process and enter the new person’s identification number, or to go back to showing you in the main position, click your name.

How the History List Is Affected

The history list shows the last 50 people you’ve gone to in Family Tree. An easy way to return to a person is to display the list and click the person’s name. The history list for Person takes you to the person’s Details page. The history list for Tree takes you to the person in the pedigree.

By default, you appear as the first person on the list. When you select a different person as the starting person, that person’s name always appears as the second person in your history list. If you look at other people and then want to return to the person you set as the starting person, it’s easy to find the person’s name in the history list.

* To return to the starting person’s Details page, click the down arrow by Person, and click the name.
* To return to the starting person in the pedigree, click the down arrow by Tree, and click the name.

Set One of Your Parents as the Starting Person

In Family Tree, a couple is displayed in each position. For users who are single, the portion of their pedigree where a spouse’s ancestors would be listed is blank. Some users prefer to set one of their parents as the starting person. This creates a pedigree that displays both sides of the single person’s ancestry.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 4.9 Million Indexed Records and Images to Belgium, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

FamilySearch has added more than 4.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Belgium, El Salvador, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 466,156 indexed records from the Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514–1970, collection; the 522,882 indexed records and 522,882 images from the U.S., BillionGraves Index, collection; and the 530,556 indexed records from U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800–1906, collection. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

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FamilySearch:  Free Webinar US Research Series: United States Land Records—July 10, 2014.

The Family History Library will present a free webinar for all who are interested in learning how to use United States Land Records to help them expand their family history research efforts. This webinar is part of a series of webinars that will be made available on a monthly basis throughout the coming year. We will announce future webinars on the FamilySearch blog, so keep your eyes open for future announcements.

Using U.S. Land Records will be presented by Mindi Stevens. Learn how to use U.S. Land Records to find additional information about where your ancestors lived and where they moved. Learn where to find Land Records, how to use them and what information can be found in these valuable historical records.

Please join Mindi Stevens in an Adobe Connect Meeting on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Mountain Standard Time. For those who wish to attend in person, this class will be taught at 6:00 pm on the Main Floor Classroom of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Meeting Name:  Mindi Stevens

Summary: Using United States Land Records

Invited By: Mindi Stevens

When:  July 10, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Time Zone:  (GMT-06:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Free Guide to Norfolk England Ancestors.

FamilySearch is pleased to announce a new online guide to tracing ancestors in the ceremonial County of Norfolk England. The guide has been published in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

Features include articles on each of Norfolks’s 725+ Anglican parishes loaded with descriptions of records available online at major websites, FamilyRelatives,,, FreeReg,, Google Books, Internet Archive, Joiner’s Marriage Index, Norfolk Transcription Archive, Parish Register Transcription Society, and Tinstaafl Transcripts.

Most Norfolk parish registers are now available online, if you know where to look for them. Genealogists will find tables describing where to find parish registers online, maps to pinpoint places Cornish ancestors lived, and learn how to find and use major Norfolk archives and libraries, such as the Norfolk Record Office, The National Archives, and the Society of Genealogists Library.

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FamilySearch:  Are Your Cousins Removed?

When I was 16, I got my first summer job working in a cafeteria at Brigham Young University. The next summer, I went back to same job but found that everyone was constantly confusing me with one of the new employees, claiming we looked alike. After eyeing each other carefully at first, we quickly become good friends. As we got to know each other, we soon discovered that in addition to looking alike, we were actually related. My third great grandfather was her fourth great grandfather. But we were confused, how should we describe our relationship?

You may have heard some people use phrases like “she’s my fifth cousins, twice removed,” or “he’s my second cousin, nine times removed.” What does this mean and how could I figure out my relationship to my friend using these terms?

In English, there are specific terms to describe the relationships between people of the same generation, meaning people who are the same number of generations from a common ancestor.

* Siblings share a common parent
* Cousins share a common grandparent
* Second cousins share a common great grandparent
* Third cousins share a common second great grandparent
* Fourth cousins share a common third great grandparent
* Fifth cousins share a common fourth great grandparent

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This is funny because I have NEVER understood that term! Its something you hear thrown around but never really got.
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FamilySearch: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Awarded to the Family History Library.

The Family History Library was awarded the TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence “signifying that [the Family History Library] has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. This award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions [the Family History Library] has earned on TripAdvisor over the past year.” Marc Charron, President, TripAdvisor for Business.

Who is TripAdvisor and what is the size of their audience? According to accessed June 13, 2014:

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 40 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors. TripAdvisors is a free site.

On TripAdvisor, the Family History Library is ranked #2 out of 95 attractions in Utah earning a 5 out of 5 possible rating. Of 363 reviews, 319 rated their experience as excellent and 32 as very good. Here are some recently posted TripAdvisor reviews:

“If you’re into tracing your family history this is THE place. You can, of course, do it online but there is no substitute for having an experienced genealogist sit at your side to help you navigate the enormous library of both US and international records. Hundreds of computer stations and all kinds of forms for note taking as well as establishing your own account online. Best news…’s all FREE. And the staff couldn’t be nicer.” Charlotte, North Carolin. Reviewed May 24, 2014.

“My first visit to the Family History Library was 5 years ago, when I tagged along with a group of amateur genealogists travelling from southern British Columbia to spend a week doing research. I had no intention of spending all day, every day in the library. I went to get away and socialize with a friendly group of people. I was amazed by the quantity of information available in books and on microfilms, and by the expert guidance and helpfulness of the volunteer missionaries who are there to help researchers. Our group of friends returns to the library for at least a week every spring, and some of us spend the rest of the year processing our genealogy finds and preparing research projects for our next visit. It’s fun, it’s educational and it’s all FREE!” Surrey, Canada. Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you haven’t visited the Family History Library, or haven’t been here recently, we invite you to come explore how the Family History Library can help you discover and preserve your family’s story.

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I have to agree with Trip Advisor.    Here's the Family History Library page on their site.  Love the comment there:  "Families are Like Fudge - Sweet with a few nuts!"
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FamilySearch Wants You to Share Your Soccer Memories.

Whether you love soccer or not, you can’t escape hearing about it lately. With the World Cup Soccer Championships going on in Brazil, all eyes are on the sport. Perhaps more than any other sport, soccer transcends most cultures and countries.

Literally millions of people the world over have grown up with memories of this game. It doesn’t matter if you have been a hard core player, a coach, or simply a spectator. You most likely have a memory of soccer.

FamilySearch would love to hear about memories that you might have of soccer. Was there a miracle goal that you or your team made? Did you coach a local youth soccer team? Maybe you were able to provide a life changing experience to a young child or teen through soccer. How about memories of going to a soccer game with your friends or watching a soccer mom sitting next to you going wild as she watched her son running down the field. We want to hear from anyone who is willing to share a memory or two of their experiences with soccer.

To share your memory today, go to the FamilySearch Soccer page. Click on the Sign in and Share button and begin adding your story to FamilySearch. Stories you add will be preserved for years to come and you can share them with anyone you want.

So take a minute right now and share your favorite soccer memory with the world. Let everyone see how this world famous sport has touched your life.

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Soccer is my favorite game. Soccer has helped me connect to family in many ways. One ways is I have had many games in places that my family lives in, after my game we went to my family's house that we had not went to in a long time. I really enjoyed the time I was able to have with my family!!
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FamilySearch:  Free Scottish Research Webinar Available to the Public.

The Family History Library will present a free webinar series for all who are interested in learning how to research in Scotland to help them expand their family history research efforts. These webinar are part of a series of webinars that will be made available on a monthly basis through the coming year. We will announce future webinars on the FamilySearch blog, so keep your eyes open for future announcements.

Research in Scotland classes will be presented by various Accredited Genealogists at the Family History Library. Learn how to use Scotland Census, Church, and Civil Registration and other records to document the lives of your ancestors. Learn where to find these records, how to use them and what information can be found in these valuable historical records.

Please join the British Isles teachers in an Adobe Connect Meeting the week of June 23rd through Friday, June 27, 2014. The following classes will be taught on the dates and times listed. For those who wish to attend in person, these classes will be taught at 10:00pm and 1:00pm in the B1 or B2 Classrooms of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Meeting Name: British Isles Research Series

Invited By: Raymon Naisbitt

Class: Scotland Maps and Gazetteers
When: June 23, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Websites
When: June 23, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Census Records
When: June 24, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Church Records
When: June 24, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Civil Registration
When: June 25, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Probate Records
When: June 25, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Poor Law
When: June 26, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Emigration
When: June 26, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Land Records
When: June 27, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Naming Patterns and Clans
When: June 27, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Time Zone: (GMT-10:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Familysearch:  Five Easy Ways to Enrich Your Family Reunion.

A Family Tree Gathering. It’s a new term with roots in an old idea – making the most of the time you spend with your family.

Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, introduced the term in a talk he gave while suggesting ways that we can integrate family history into our every day lives.

Based on his definition, a Family Tree Gathering can be as elaborate as a family reunion or as simple as a family dinner.

In part one of a series focused on how to hold a Family Tree Gathering, we share five ideas of what a Family Tree Gathering could look like at a family reunion.

Share Family Stories

A few months before the family reunion that I was in charge of planning, a beloved aunt passed away unexpectedly. Her passing inspired us to move forward with the theme, “I’ll Remember You”. We decided that the best way to remember her, and all of those who had passed since our last reunion, was to invite their family members to share their family stories.

There were six people we decided to spotlight. A few months before the reunion, we invited their descendants to prepare a five to 10 minute presentation about their loved one. Each person accepted the assignment and came prepared with framed collages, photo slide shows, video presentations, and stories that were both humorous and heartfelt.

As a reunion committee, we rented a big, blow up screen and projector to showcase these video presentations. As they were watched, everyone in attendance either reflected on or learned about a deceased family member. It was an afternoon filled with laughter and tears, and by far the most touching activity of the family reunion.

Share Family Photos

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and at a family reunion, sharing photos can be priceless.

Before your reunion, put out a call to attendees to bring their albums, their scrapbooks, and their family photos. During a reunion activity, you could set up “photo viewing stations” and invite family members to go from booth to booth to see photos of ancestors and to hear the stories behind the snapshots. It’s a good idea to have photo scanners on hand to digitally capture the photos that are brought. They can be uploaded into the Memories section of FamilySearch later so that family members who are present, and even those who are not, can view the pictures and print them at their leisure.

For kids (and even adults), a photo memory challenge might be a fun way to learn who’s who. Gather photos from family members via email or by searching the Memories tab on Print two copies of each photo on cardstock and make a deck of “memory” cards. To play, lay the cards face down and have family members take turns flipping one card at a time in order to find a match. To make the game interesting, if someone finds a match, they can earn an extra point by sharing a memory or story of the ancestor pictured on the card.

Perform Family skits

My family loves to laugh, so a night of family skits is always a must. The skits integrate music, props, and a theme to share a story. For example, groups could present skits on family love stories, using information they’ve learned about couples in the family line. The key is tying a fun activity to family history.

If you’re family is not into performing, another meaningful idea is to have a written “Family Showcase”.

Carly Turner shared how that has made a difference at her family reunions.

“Everyone above the age of 16, who wanted to, was assigned a couple in our line. We then had to research the couple, how they lived, where they lived, and really got to know their stories,” she said. “We had about six months to do it and then send (my cousin) a page of our couple’s family history. I worked so well! Everyone loved “owning” a couple and knowing their stories and sharing them with others. My cousin put all the pages we sent into a binder and now we have a really cool Family History written by our ancestors’ descendants.”  

Capture Oral Histories

As the years go by, the number of “first generation” ancestors who attend our family reunion is dwindling. If not recorded, the memories they have will be lost when they pass. An easy way to enrich your reunion is to use a digital recording device to capture the oral histories of the seniors at your reunion.

Divide reunion attendees into interview groups to question a senior family member in attendance. Print out interview prompts and hand them out to each member of the group so that each person gets a chance to ask at least one question.

Good questions to start the conversation are: What’s your earliest childhood memory? What do you remember about the street you grew up on? What made your mom so special? How did you meet your sweetheart and how did you know she/he was the one? What’s been your most difficult trial and how did you make it through? What do you want your posterity to remember about you when you’re gone?

Once you get going, the questions will start to flow. After recording the oral histories, go back later and transcribe the interviews. You can share them electronically with the group, print for family memory books, or upload in the Stories section of (link to getting started to preserve the information forever.

By capturing those family histories, we discover more about who we are, right from the source. It gives us context of how our ancestors survived the ups and downs and arms us with valuable knowledge of how we can learn from life experiences to handle the happiness and hardships that will come our way

Highlight Heirlooms

Passing down heirlooms is a tradition in several families. But sometimes sharing the stories behind those treasures is not. A reunion is a perfect place to start such a tradition.

Before the reunion, invite attendees to bring items that tell a story, and use a family story night to highlight the heirlooms in your family.

Bill Grubbs shared how distant cousins answered this call at a family reunion he planned and how the experience enriched the event.

“One brought over 100 letters she had scanned that came from her great grandmother’s trunk. These letters were mostly from family members and some of them dated back to 1868 and reveal great insight into these family members,” he said. “Another cousin brought a framed basketball jersey of his father with the story of a family basketball team that challenged all basketball teams in Utah to a tournament.”

By sharing the stories behind those simple treasures, they became treasures to Bill and his posterity.

Possessions are just things, material items that we possess for a short time on this earth. But the stories behind those possessions, the memories associated with them, are what we can remember forever if we take the time to learn about the cherished heirlooms in our family.

“Our young people are excited to learn about the lives of family members – where they came from and how they lived,” said LDS Church leader, Quentin L. Cook.

The marvelous thing is, it’s not only the young people who are excited to learn about their ancestors. Almost anyone can see the value in connecting with loved ones — in participating in a Family Tree Gathering.

So, as you gather this summer for your family reunion, think of your Family Tree. Gather with a purpose. And, enrich your experience by implementing fun, easy ideas that integrate family history with every day life.

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