By Steven and Jill Decker Never has so much first-person family history been contributed by so many – and most do not even realize they are doing it. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media outlets are forces that can be utilized to document and share a family’s history in the here and now. They […]
By Miryelle Resek Participating in cemetery crowdsourcing may seem overwhelming; there are millions of graves and only one you. However, with everyone taking part in a small way, a major work can be accomplished.
I will never forget that day—it was 1999, and I was sitting at a table enjoying a meal with my young children. A newly released song began to play in the background of the restaurant, “When a single mom . . .” and tears and memories began to flow. Full Story
By Rob Morgan The death certificate for one of my great-great-grandfathers says he died at age 85 from diabetes. The 1880 newspaper account of another great-great-grandfather reveals that he also died from diabetes at age 70. In five generations of my family, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease are strongly pronounced.
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 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.