By Jay Sparks Indexing is a great way to fuel family history discoveries. Hosting an indexing event in your area can create a fun and collaborative atmosphere where lots of indexing can be done in a short time, allowing more individuals to find family names. With the Worldwide Indexing Event coming on July 15–17, you […]
By Jill R. Decker Estonia! Really? After much encouragement, my husband, an extremely visual learner, recently used the Grandma’s Pie app and learned that he has ancestry from Estonia. Grandma’s Pie was developed in BYU’s Family History Technology Lab and is free with a FamilySearch account. Users can access the app through a FamilySearch account […]
By Miryelle Resek *This is the first of a three-part series exploring cemetery crowdsourcing. Finding an excuse to stroll quietly through cemeteries, observing the final resting place of people once vibrant with life, and enjoying the silence of dew drops drying off of memorial stones just got easier.
In concert with the American Library Association national conference in Orlando, Florida, this week, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand access to FamilySearch.org’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers, family historians, students, and more. Full Story
By Rachel Coleman Will you be spending time with Dad this Father’s Day? Don’t let the day go by without capturing those living memories so you can have them forever.
It’s likely that we’ve all turned to Google at some point in our genealogical research. After all, simply typing in our search topic, hitting “Enter,” and hoping for the best is one of easiest ways to be led to heaps of helpful (and sometimes not-so-helpful) sources. But there’s a better way to use Google for family history research says Lisa Louise Cooke, host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast. Full Story
By Tiffany Tolman Pieces of the Puzzle Every year at Christmas our family gathers around a small card table and spends hours hunched over one thousand oddly cut shapes, piecing together a complete view of scenes like Mount Rushmore or all the baseball parks in America. The process takes time, but there’s no denying the […]
“But Mom, when are you going to write your life story?” On several occasions, my youngest son has goaded me to record my own stories. “We really don’t know them—you really don’t talk about yourself much.” It is true. I have relished recording lifetime memories of older family members and hospice patients I have worked with, but I have never taken a serious stab at writing my own stories. For one thing, condensing all the years of my life into something meaningful as well as interesting is quite overwhelming (and therefore too easy to procrastinate)! Full Story