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2017 RootsTech Day in Review: Wednesday – Innovator Summit

BYU’s 2017 Conference on Family History and Genealogy

Come enjoy a summer genealogy vacation on the beautiful campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

2017 Conference on Family History and Genealogy
Strengthening Ties that Bind Families Together Forever

July 25–28, 2017

BYU Conference Center, Provo Utah

The 49th annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will offer more than 100 classes.

For more information click here.

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RootsTech 2017: Recap

Preserve Family History Photos

I’m not a gifted photographer or even close to an amateur photographer but over the years I have realized that family photos bring life to family memories. I have tried to take photos, organize them, and share them with family.

Discovering stories that give us glimpses into the lives of ancestors is one of the motivating and inspiring aspects of family history research, but finding a photo of an ancestor might be even more exhilarating. Looking into the face of someone who is a part of you can be powerful.

So you have photos of ancestors. Advice on how to care for your family history photos is everywhere. So where do you get started or get motivated to do more to preserve your family history photos?

I found the FamilySearch Blog post “Five Keys to Leaving a Visual Legacy for Future Generations” by Andrew and Rachel Niesen a helpful resource to become oriented on best photo preservation practices. Professional photographers Andrew and Rachel Niesen share why and how to preserve photos.

Click here to visit “Five Keys to Leaving a Visual Legacy for Future Generations”

Share Family Memories through Food

Everyone eats. Everyday. I look forward to eating. I love the taste of homemade bread. I grew up eating homemade bread because making bread was important to my mother. Homemade bread reminds me of my mother and her watchful care she gave her family.

Enjoying your food is not only the taste at the time, it’s also the memory of the other times you enjoyed the same food. Margaret Marshall 

What are your memories associated with food that you might share?

Visit familysearch.org/recipes to share your recipe story.

 

The Family History Guide: A Timely Resource

The Family History Guide is a new, free online resource to help you succeed with your genealogy. Regardless of your family history focus, skill level, or interest, the Family History Guide provides helpful resources conveniently accessible on a single website.

“The Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you’re brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.” (www.thefhguide.com/introduction)

As explained on www.thefhguide.com useful resources you’ll find on the website include :

  • Over 1,200 Goals for learning, supported by over 2,300 flexible Choices
  • Step-by-step instructions to make learning easier
  • Links to over 2,400 videos and articles from FamilySearch, Ancestry, and more
  • QUIKLinks that take you to record searches from multiple sources, with a single click
  • Project Tracker sheets and Training materials for self-study or group instruction

I recommend watching the introductory video of the Family History Guide and exploring the website to see if it might be a beneficial family history resource for you.

NGA 2017 Family History Conference

National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference

Family History Lives Here

10 – 13 May 2017

Raleigh, North Carolina

For more information about this conference and a complete conference schedule click here.

 

Write Your Story in 2017

I have a list of reasons and excuses about why I haven’t started writing my story. Here is fun FamilySearch Blog post to motivate and help you write your story in 2017. Then come December you will have a memorable and unique gift to share with your family.

FamilySearch Blog

Define Your Dash: Start Writing Your Personal History with the #52Stories Project

By Angie Lucas

Click here to view Define Your Dash: Start Writing Your Personal History with the #52Stories Project.

Click here to view #52Stories Weekly Questions.

Best Genealogy Software: How to Organize and Share Your Genealogy

2017 has arrived and maybe you are doing more genealogy and family history research. You’re gathering more information, and perhaps you’ve expanded your family tree. Now where do you store the genealogy information you have gathered so that it is organized, accessible and easy to share. Family history enthusiasts have two options for storing genealogy information:

Software you install on your computer via dvd or download. You create databases of your information using the software. Most software allows you to link media to your family information. You can print charts displaying your information and you can easily share information using gedcom files.

Websites that allow you to create and store your personal genealogy databases online. Convenient to use from any computer, and some have apps for other digital devices. They have chart printing options also but usually not as many as their software counterparts. Reputable genealogy websites that provide personal online database options will be clear about their privacy policy and explain how they protect your personal information. Take care to review the privacy agreement, especially if you chose to store information about living family members.

The website 10 Top Ten Reviews recently published “The Best Genealogy Software of 2017: Linking the Past with the Future.” The website rates, reviews, and gives you the summary of the most popular genealogy software and genealogy organizational websites at a glance. You can easily read the Top Ten Review or visit the site directly from the website. For a quick overview of what’s what in current genealogy software trends this is a helpful website to visit.

Click here to visit The Best Genealogy Software of 2017 on Top Ten Reviews.

Good luck choosing the best way to organize and share your family information in 2017!

Top Genealogy Websites

2017 has arrived and maybe you are considering doing more genealogy and family history but it’s been a while. The story of my genealogy life. I find myself wondering what has changed since the last time I forayed into the world of my ancestors. And with genealogy technology now, there are changes every day.

The website 10 Top Ten Reviews recently published The Best Genealogy Search Services of 2017: Get to the Roots. The website rates, reviews, and gives you the summary of the most popular genealogy websites at a glance. You can easily read the Top Ten Review or visit the site directly from the website. For a quick overview of what’s what in current genealogy search trends this is a helpful website to visit.

Click here to visit The Best Genealogy Search Services of 2017 on Top Ten Reviews.

Good luck seeking out your family in 2017!