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  • #NotAtRootsTech 2018? Here’s How to Participate Virtually Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:00:10 +0000
    RootsTech 2018 has arrived! Over 4 days (February 28–March 3), thousands of family storytellers and historians will converge on the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, to learn about collecting, preserving, and sharing family stories. But the world’s largest family history conference isn’t just for those who live close enough to go. In […]
  • RootsTech 2018 FamilySearch Classes Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:33:38 +0000
    RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, teaches attendees about important research skills and useful resources. After RootsTech, return to this page to access content from 8 FamilySearch classes presented at RootsTech 2018. Refresh what you learned at RootsTech (or discover what you missed) with downloadable presentations, helpful links, and interviews with the […]
  • Relatives at RootsTech Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:33:32 +0000
    Thousands of people gather from countries around the world to attend RootsTech, the world’s largest genealogy conference. With so many family history enthusiasts under the same roof, it’s only a matter of time before someone looks around and wonders, “Is anyone here related to me?” Now they—and you—can find out who’s related by using your […]
  • New Records from Mexico on FamilySearch Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:42:37 +0000
    Locating your Mexican ancestors has never been easier. In a partnership with, FamilySearch has added 65 million new historic Mexico records, making 200 million more names searchable. The new records are now available through, (for LDS subscribers), and over 5,000 FamilySearch centers worldwide. Search the new family history records in the “Mexico […]
  • Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:34:41 +0000
    If a basic search on is the only approach you use to find your ancestors, you might be missing out on a lot of potential discoveries. The records you can find by performing basic searches represent only a small portion of what’s available on FamilySearch. In fact, 77 percent of the free historical records […]
  • 6 Ways to Participate in RootsTech 2018 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:14:20 +0000
    RootsTech 2018 is just around the corner, and you will not want to miss it. Even if you cannot attend in person, there are still many ways to be part of this uplifting and educational family history experience. Here are a few ways you can participate, be inspired, and get help in your calling as […]
  • Finding Your Family in U.S. Marriage Records Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:48:24 +0000
    One of the most basic and most important records you can locate about your family is a marriage record. Marriage records join two families together, often providing crucial details and verifying family connections. More than that, though, a marriage record documents an event of religious significance and legal consequence for many people. Because of this, […]
  • Understanding Mexican Records Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:05:20 +0000
    Through FamilySearch’s collaboration with, 65 million Mexican records, with more than 200 million searchable names, are now available through, (for LDS subscribers), and over 5,000 FamilySearch centers worldwide. What does this mean to you? If you have Mexican ancestors, locating those ancestors has never been easier—and it’s getting easier all the time. […]
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  • Inspiring At-Risk Youth Through Heritage and Art Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:08:21 +0000
    What if knowing your history could give you a greater sense of confidence and inspire your direction in life? “The project was made to be liberating, eye-opening, and informative…an effort to spark interest in individuals to discover their heritage and to learn more about the history of their origins.”
— Thomas Evans Following the success of Read More
  • 5 Genealogy Goals for the Family Archivist Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:00:19 +0000
    Genealogists wear many hats — researcher, writer, preservationist, archivist. We always want more time to track down our elusive ancestors, but if you inherited family photos, documents, or keepsakes, there’s no time like the present to safely preserve your treasures for the next generation. Here is a list of family history tips to help you Read More
  • Walking Where Ancestors Walked: Travelers Give High Marks to First Genealogy Tour Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:00:04 +0000
    A hike to an old stone barn on a sheep farm in the country. A walk through a graveyard. An 11-day bus ride with 22 complete strangers.   This may not immediately sound like the description of a dream vacation. But talk to California resident Vicki Stuber for two minutes, and you’ll be convinced that Read More
  • The Pros Share Their #GenealogyGoals for 2018 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:18:40 +0000
    January is a time to take stock of the past year and make plans for the new one ahead. In addition to resolutions about food and exercise, it’s the perfect time to set some goals related to family history. Not sure where to start? Two Ancestry professional genealogists recently shared the pet projects they plan Read More
  • RootsWeb Security Update Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:32:15 +0000
    Update: RootsWeb updates can be found on RootsWeb homepage. We want to share an important security update with you. Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a Read More
  • Sharing Genealogy Costs with Family Members Helps Spread the Wealth Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:21:07 +0000
    Maybe you have thought about hiring a professional genealogist to help tackle a nagging research question or build out your family tree, but the cost has kept you from moving forward. You’re not alone. Just like hiring an expert in any field, accessing the experience and knowledge of a trained genealogist can be expensive. If Read More
  • Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:16:30 +0000
    Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost As the use of machine learning continues to grow in industry, the need to understand, explain and define what machine learning models do seems to be a growing trend. For machine learning classification problems that are not of the deep learning type, it’s hard to find a more popular library than Read More
  • 4 Reasons to Join a Genealogical Society Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:00:32 +0000
    Given the immense quantity of material available through Ancestry and elsewhere online, you may not have considered the many benefits of joining a genealogical society. Societies range in size from a few dozen to thousands of members, and typically have a focus. That focus could be based in geography, surname, nationality, or ethnic group. Automatically, Read More
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  • (+) Selecting an Appropriate Database Program for Genealogy Uses Sat, 24 Feb 2018 02:55:29 +0000
    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.  I often receive e-mails asking questions about converting genealogy databases. The questions usually are more or less like this example: My organization has been entering data for a long time in a general-purpose database program, not a genealogy program. We use […]
  • New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:27:22 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast: There are over 175,334 records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including: Greater London Marriage Index Over 94,000 new records from the Royal College of Arms covering historic chapels at St James Duke’s Place, Gray’s Inn, Somerset House and the Austin Friars Dutch Reform Church […]
  • Alan Mann, R.I.P Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:44 +0000
    Many genealogists who spent time a few years ago at Salt Lake City’s Family History Library will remember Alan Mann. He had various assignments there over the years but probably is best remembered as the supervisor of the Automated Resource Center at the Family History Library. He also was a frequent speaker at many genealogy […]
  • Dr. J. Christopher Young, R.I.P. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:30:01 +0000
    The genealogy world lost another valuable member recently. The following is an extract from the web site: “Dr. J. Christopher Chris Young passed away on January 29, 2018, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Nearly 2 million living Foreign Protestants descendants have lost one of their most passionate and prolific advocates of the historical and […]
  • A Survival Guide to RootsTech Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:33:03 +0000
    Will you be at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City next week? If so, make sure you read the Survival Guide to RootsTech available now at The online guide covers such things as early check-in, the Expo Hall’s hours of operation, the RootsTech app for your cell phone or tablet computer, your attendee […]
  • MacFamilyTree 8.3 is On Sale at 50% Off Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:47:58 +0000
    Synium Software has an offer that will appeal to many Macintosh owners. MacFamilyTree is a highly-rated Macintosh genealogy program with an outstanding user graphic user interface. While it has many available options, perhaps the most notable feature in MacFamilyTree 8.3 is the new “CloudTree – Sync & Share“ added in version 8. CloudTree is a […]
  • NYG&B Labs Releases The Record Map Search Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:25:29 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: Thursday, February 22, 2018 – New York, NY – The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has launched a brand new tool, produced by NYG&B Labs titled “Mapping The Record.” This innovative project allows visitors to search an index […]
  • Colour Tithe Maps for Buckinghamshire added to TheGenealogist Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:24:09 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist: TheGenealogist has added Colour Tithe Maps from The National Archives to their National Tithe Records collection. With this release researchers can see the plots owned or occupied by ancestors that lived in this ‘home county’ at the time of the survey in the 19th century. […]
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