#PRINCEofPEACE: What My Ancestors Knew About Faith

#PRINCEofPEACE: What My Ancestors Knew About Faith

Admitting to being a Christian these days is not very PC. When I say that I'm a Christian, it has nothing to do with race, sexual orientation or political beliefs, it simply means that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Sheri Dew said, "It simply isn't possible to be a disciple of someone you don't know." While I do not profess to be an expert on everything about the Savior, I have spent my life studying His teachings and I am trying to become more like him (and failing miserably, but I keep trying). My ancestors came to America to find religious freedom. My English Puritans and Quakers, my French Huguenots, my Swiss Anabaptists and my German Protestants all came to America to worship God without fear and they were willing to sacrifice everything for their faith. Down through the generations, faith has continued to play a big part of my family's lives. I have Episcopal missionaries, circuit rider preachers and lots of Baptist ministers on my family tree. My father, lost his faith Continue reading

Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Having attended all 7 Rootstech, I can say with some authority, that this year's Rootstech was the best. Since the world's largest family history conference is jammed pack with so much to talk about, I'm going to break my review into a series of posts. Today's topic is the Rootstech keynote speakers. Rootstech Innovator Summit was keynoted by Liz Wiseman, a leadership expert and strategist, best selling author and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch. [Click on photos for links to view their presentations.] My takeaway from Liz's presentation was the value of being a Rookie. In professional genealogy, being a rookie is not something most aspired to, as it takes years and years of experience, study and hard work to gain a strong understanding and background to tackle tough research problems. I have noticed over the years that it can be easy to slip into a groove of complacency, thinking you know a subject and you stop digging deeper because you think you hit the depth of Continue reading

Writing Your Story with #52Stories Prompts

Writing Your Story with #52Stories Prompts

Each of us has a story to tell. A story worth remembering...but, who has the time? Guess what? It just got easier. What if you could write a quick story, a story that has meaning - a story that will be treasured someday by those we leave behind? FamilySearch, with the help of talented people like Allison Kimball and Rhonna Farrer have just made it easier. They created a series of story prompt questions, based on 12 themes (a different theme for each month). Each week you choose a different question and write your story, and make it as short and simple or as long as detailed as you want. Allison and Rhonna have created wonderful graphics to go with your story, or create your own like I did here using Canva. Once you write your story there are so many options on how to record it and share it. Story Sharing Options: Chatbooks OneNote Journal software FamilySearch Family Tree - your personal stories can only be seen by you until after you pass Print them out and Continue reading

Win a FREE Rootstech 2017 4-day Registration Ticket!

Win a FREE Rootstech 2017 4-day Registration Ticket!

  Win a FREE, Full-Registration Ticket to RootsTech 2017 (February 8-11, 2017) Want to come see the world’s largest family history expo for yourself? Enter the FamilyCherished FREE 4-day RootsTech 2017 Registration Giveaway! Valued at over $239! The winner will receive access to: Innovator Summit and see the great new advances in technology & family history over 200 classes for all skill levels Keynotes addresses from TV’s LaVar Burton and the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro Labs and Hands-on classes Getting Started classes Family Discovery Day with BYU coach Kalani Sitake, Youth Speaker Hank Smith and former NFL player and TV announcer Vai Sikahema Expo hall with tons of exciting vendors Every evening new events to enjoy Here's how to enter: First, go to Rootstech’s website. Check out the classes, the speakers and activities. THEN - Like my Facebook page for my blog FamilyCherished, and leave a message about what you most look forward to Continue reading

When Your Genes Don’t Fit – DNA Tests You Need

When Your Genes Don’t Fit – DNA Tests You Need

My family is weird - I admit it, though it is no shock to those who know us. Our genes did not fit the norm, so I was very interested in Kailos DNA tests, as I have had adverse reactions to prescriptions in the past and I have 2 children that do not metabolize prescription medication as most do. This has been a great concern as a parent and I hoped that Kailos could give us some answers. Genealogists are going crazy with DNA tests. DNA tests such as those offered by Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe can help confirm or help discover new family lines. Using DNA testing to learn more about our physical health was something new to me. Understanding the information hidden in our two DNA strands is definitely a science. Thankfully, there are companies around, to make it a bit easier to understand and how to apply our genetic history to our lives today. I became very interested in the company after I met them at Rootstech earlier this year. Kailos is a DNA testing company; Continue reading

Rootstech 2016; Not to Be Forgotten

I've attended all 6 of the Rootstech Family History Conferences and this year's was stronger than ever. FamilySearch calls it the "world's largest family history expo." Expo is a more accurate description of the 3 day extravaganza. Rootstech is different from the typical genealogy conference in that it is designed to be inclusive of everyone, no matter where they are in researching their family - catering to the needs of the many, rather than the few. I personally love being around those that are new to family history - they are so excited and anxious to learn. I presented a well-attended class on helping the beginning researcher to learn about the Genealogical Proof Standard, what is good methodology and why they it is worth the effort. I shared over 4 pages of links that will help the researcher, no matter where they are, to up their game by continued learning through a variety of online educational sources. You can download it here. Really enjoyed being a Rootstech Ambassador Continue reading

What Makes Rootstech So Special?

What Makes Rootstech So Special?

Last week was Rootstech 2016; held in Salt Lake City, where me and 25,000 of my closest friends attended the world's largest Family History Expo. Author Bruce Feiler, called it the "Super Bowl of Storytelling." Rootstech is a unique experience, a place where there is something for everyone, from the family history newbie, to the more advanced researcher, from the youngster to those more "seasoned." There is something for everyone in the family. Where else can you see everything from a Harley riding TV host like Stan Ellsworth, a self-described Black Chinese woman like Paula Madison, bloggers Love Taza, the human Guinea Pig and World's Largest Reunion organizer A.J. Jacobs, writer Bruce Feiler and Pulitzer Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, politician Michael Leavitt and Story Corps David Isay all share about family stories? FamilySearch's new CEO, Steve Rockwood, totally slayed his opening keynote address, where he said, "Genealogists are heart specialists. We need Continue reading

Attending Rootstech 2016 Tips

So excited for Rootstech 2016! Rootstech is the world's largest family history expo, and I am super busy updating, adding and fine-tuning my presentation to give you the latest and best information that I can. I will be speaking on Friday, 5 February at 11:00 am on: GS2033-F - Becoming Your Own Family's History Expert Learn secrets from the pros and take your sleuthing skills to the next level. Come learn tips and tech that will help you focus your time and efforts to become more productive and successful in finding those elusive, hard-to-find ancestors and how to verify what has already been done. Every family needs at least one person who is the go-to source for accurate information on the family history - let it be you! ROOM: 155E Family History Skill Level: Beginner Technology Skill Level: Beginner I can't wait to share the secrets and tips I have learned from professional genealogists that will help you and your genealogy and family history research for Continue reading

New Rootstech 2016 Keynote Speakers Announced

New Rootstech 2016 Keynote Speakers Announced

Rootstech 2016 has surprised me again with their keynote choice. Rootstech 2015 choices were seeming out there, but all were very enjoyable. Rootstech 2016 will no doubt be just as memorable, and I can't wait to hear from them. I love hearing new voices, people who get the importance of connect with family and sharing their story.   John and Naomi Davis family, Love Taza Photo by Olivia Rae James, Courtesy of Rootstech.orgJohn Davis and wife Naomi (Taza) from the blog Love Taza were just announced as the newest keynote presenters. Rootstech sent me the following info on them, "Since 2007, Love Taza has become more than an online diary—it is a digital destination where millions around the world connect and find a feeling of inspiration and a guide for finding joy in everyday life. Naomi shares details of her life in New York City with her husband and children celebrating family, home, travel, food, and, most importantly, the simple joys of life. With Josh’s help, the two have Continue reading

Easy Family History Ideas for Thanksgiving

Easy Family History Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Family History Go Perfect Together Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go...Thanksgiving will soon be here, families will be gathering together to give thanks and to eat turkey.                                             Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to do some family history! While everyone is there, why not share stories, take pictures, play some family history games - all while creating some cherished memories? Here are some easy and painless ideas to help you get started: FamilySearch App FamilySearch Memories App, allows you to take pictures of grandma's photos and documents and upload them to your tree. Interview family members and upload the audio file. It is easy, unobtrusive and allows everyone in the family to be able to share and access them later.                                                                                             Continue reading