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

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

Fuel the Find – Time to Give Back and Join the Challenge

Fuel the Find – Time to Give Back and Join the Challenge

Have you ever found a record on FamilySearch.org? I have. I am aware that someone microfilmed that record, and then someone else indexed it - all so I could find that record, for free. Now, FamilySearch is inviting everyone to join in and help #FuelTheFind during the week of August 7-14. They are hoping to have a 100,000 people index just 1 batch, which is hardly much time at all. Indexing really isn't hard, in fact it can be fun and quite addicting! I am a firm believer that we receive as we give; so many times in helping someone else, I find that I have received the help that I needed. Take a break. Do something worthwhile. Go to FamilySearch.org and become and indexer  and join the Facebook group too! Please join in and help. We need you. Someone who is looking for that record needs you! FamilySearch shares with everyone - for free. Indexing is a way to feel good about yourself and help others at the same time, it doesn't get better than that! So mark your calendars Continue reading

Finding and Following Your Passion in Family History

Finding and Following Your Passion in Family History

Are you spending time developing your passion? What is it about family history that gets you excited? Valentines Day is all about love so my question for you today is "What do you love about family history?" While you may say "All of it" there is still some things that float your boat than other things.Once you determine what that is, let me ask you another "How much time and attention are you giving your love? Love without time and attention will fizzle and fade.Let's say you have narrowed down your passion and you are committed to spending more time with it, now how do you make that love grow?Let's say that your passion is house histories, what can you do to make that passion ignite? Thinking outside the box and some creativity are sure to turn up the passion. Studying period architecture, picking the brain of a house inspector or contractor might give you details about house histories that you had overlooked or never explored.Looking outside the normal genealogy experts will give Continue reading

What Gives With FamilySearch? The Rest of the Story.

What Gives With FamilySearch? The Rest of the Story.

Every genealogist throughout the world knows (or should know) of FamilySearch. According to their website “FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving and sharing genealogy records worldwide for over 100 years.” I did know that they had massive indexing projects, but did not know that they average 1.5 millions records a day, nor did I know that they have 4600 Family History Centers in 132 countries.FamilySearch hosts RootsTech, a conference mashup of genealogists and technologists. I attended the first one last year and I am already registered for the next one on February 2-4, 2012 and excited to attend again. RootsTech 2010Having worked at the Family History Library in Salt Lake as a volunteer research consultant I wasn’t surprised that the FHL averages 2000 visitors a day and of course it is the ultimate genealogy research site on every genealogist bucket list. These things you probably already knew too.   Here are some things that you might not know.Family History Library Continue reading