It’s 9 p.m., the children are in bed, it is quiet and you sit down at your computer. Instead of web surfing you go to your Family Tree on Family Search. Through the work of diligent relatives, your family tree fan chart may resemble a healthy Thanksgiving turkey. It is a satisfying feeling, but you know there must be more. Although a novice, you’re willing to help the cause. But where do you begin? Full Story
Fifteen years ago Apple was a beleaguered tech company. Today, it is a transformative leader across multiple industries (computers, smart phones, music, movies, wearable technology). Robert Kehrer, senior product manager for FamilySearch.org’s search experience believes FamilySearch is also undergoing a fundamental transformation. He knows because, as a manager at Apple for most of the last decade he participated in the change, and clearly sees the similarities. Kehrer was the keynote speaker at the BYU Family History Conference Thursday morning, July 27, 2015. Full Story
What does it take to become an accredited genealogist? Why even bother to do it? Danielle Batson provided each person in her well attended session with an excellent high level overview of the pros and cons of being an accredited genealogist and what it takes to get there. Her Tuesday morning session at the BYU Family History Conference was nearly full with people asking questions about the whys and hows of becoming an accredited genealogist. Questions were coming so fast and furious that she finally had to ask that they save their questions for the end of the class or to ask them at the several other tracks that are being offered throughout this conference. Full Story
The BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy starts today, but things are a bit different. For the past two years, the conference has invited youth to spend a day learning about family history. This year BYU is hosting a conference just for youth titled, myFamily: Youth Family History Camp! Upon my arrival yesterday I was greeted by Hannah Z. Allen, a very popular presenter, and a number of youth who were checking in for their own four-day conference. The youth will join the traditional conference for the keynote address each day but then they will be off to learn more about family history, including an excursion to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Yesterday I spoke with John Best, assistant program administrator, who reported that over 60 youth from throughout the United States have registered for this year’s youth program. Full Story
Welcome to Provo, Utah where the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy has begun. This 4 day conference is filled with sessions that will educate, entertain and motivate anyone who attends. Located at the BYU Conference Center (770 East University Parkway, Provo, Utah) it’s easy to navigate through individual sessions, with plenty of hall monitors to help you find the sessions you are looking for. Full Story
During the month of August, 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.
As you reflect this month on your early Mormon pioneer heritage, be sure to visit the Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel webpage. The Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database is a digital compilation of names obtained from rosters and other reliable sources of individuals who immigrated to Utah from 1847-1868. Most companies are listed with the name of its captain and a brief summary of the company’s experience during their journey. Many company pages include a list of diaries, journals, letters, and reminiscences written by company members, as well as contemporary reports about the company. The content of several thousand of those narratives have been transcribed and are included in the database. Full Story
If you’re like most people, you suffer from photo storage phobia. All of your family’s precious memories from Grandma’s 90th birthday to little Tommy’s first steps, are stored in ratty shoeboxes in the back of your closet, or tucked into old sticky photo albums under your bed, or gathering cobwebs in the corner of your haunted attic. Full Story