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FamilySearch: Family Tree Futures. Come learn the significant features that were added in 2016 and what we have planned for FamilySearch Family Tree in the future. Come, learn, and express what you like and want for Family Tree!!
This up-close-and-personal session will give a peak into the experiences and feelings of the leadership of the Family History Department. They will share their thoughts, feelings and ideas for family history efforts while sharing personal experiences. You won't want to miss this inside look.
This lecture will go over the basics of military records research for the family historian. Records online, and at various federal, state and local repositories will be discussed. How to locate a veteran in World War I and World War II will be covered in depth.
Our family history isn't complete without the stories of the women of our families. But all too often they're the ones who just aren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Yet despite the limited public existence of women under the law, there are many records left by, about or relevant to our female ancestors. Learn how to find the mothers, daughters, wives in your lines through their own records and the records of their menfolk.
This session focuses on research in the United States, with an emphasis on records beyond the census. We will look at finding and using probate, tax, land and church records. While part of the session will discuss locating the records, a significant portion will describe how to thoroughly analyze and use the records to the best advantage. We will also discuss strategies for know which records to target.
Everyone uses their phones to capture family memories. But with the right phone apps, you can make your family photos even better with simple editing. Using apps like Adobe Photoshop Light room, Photoshop Express, and Snapseed, you can take photos from family albums look like new and share them with family and friends.
This class will review the French regulation (CADA and CNIL laws) with regards to records access and reuse and show how to use departmental and municipal web sites to access images and indexes available to genealogists and researchers.
Explanation of DNA triangulation followed by several case studies. One use was to confirm descent from a specific ancestor that was possible but not definitive in the paper trail. Another set of examples are sorting out new DNA relatives based on who they match.
This presentation will help you maximize your experience with each of the three major autosomal DNA tests available: Family Tree DNA's Family Finder, 23andMe and AncestryDNA. Family Finder, 23andMe and Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA test are the three leading autosomal DNA tests used for genealogical purposes. Genealogists need to know the pluses and minuses of each of these tests and how to best apply the test results to their personal genealogical research.
We all know that Catholic Church parish registers and civil registration records are the foundation for Spanish genealogical research, but what records do we use when these aren’t available? This class will explore resources we can use when our foundational records are not available. Principles taught in this class can be used for research in Spain and Latin America.
The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) can be used in your everyday research to guide the way you search for records of your ancestors, compare them to other records, come to conclusions, and record your findings. This session will cover each of the five elements of the GPS, discuss why they are important, and demonstrate how to use them to make sure your family history is accurate and reliable.
Many beginning genealogists stay close to census, birth, marriage, and death records and largely ignore a valuable resource: city directories! These records are not your average phone book to be sure. This presentation will teach participants what city directories are available online and where hard copies are located near them. The speaker will use a case study from his own family using city directories to solve a brick wall problem.
Participants will learn how to use the Wolfram Alpha website – a “computational knowledge engine” – as a genealogical research tool. Wolfram Alpha provides solutions to questions such as “How am I related to my great-grandmother’s niece” or “What was the time of the sunrise on April 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois?” Learn how this unique site can expand your genealogy and family history research.
Although genealogical periodicals offer many sources of hidden information, they are often overlooked or underused by family historians in researching family history. The question becomes why do you think we do not search periodicals for our families? They are too hard, no index, some may have yearly indexes or none at all, just to name a few of the obstacles that makes periodical research difficult and underused. They are often Society publications and the resources necessary to make them widely available are scarce. However, the genealogical information in them are voluminous and genealogical and historical societies have published them for decades.This workshop will focus on the value of published cumulative indexes and time-saving tips to narrow the search for an ancestor using examples found in national periodicals and Alabama's periodical collection.
Our families are more than names and dates. Not all families have inherited a range of ephemera or family stories so how to add the life to the names? Newspapers, which most are familiar with for dates of birth, marriage and burial, contain so much more that can help in family history. Newspapers are a snapshot in time of the community in which our ancestors lived. If you are lucky they will be mentioned but even if they are not mentioned by name, there is so much that can be used to tell the family story including the weather, wages, employment, food, letters to the editor etc. There are many types of newspapers and there are many newspapers available online.
The presentation will describe and demonstrate VyTräd – a new, powerful genealogy utility program for organizing, managing and viewing your digital Family History documents. Using VyTräd's innovative digital document management system, you create directories that match your Family Tree so that your documents are stored in a directory structure that is easy to understand and grows as your research proceeds. You will learn how to use VyTräd to: • Build your Family Tree - import a Gedcom file or start from scratch • Manage directories and documents with easy to use tools • View details of document contents • Handle and visualize Family Tree complications • Share your documents with your family The presentation will show you how to use VyTräd to organize your digital Family History documents, making the important information in the documents easily accessible for future research and for sharing with family. Learn more about VyTräd at www.vytrad.com.
Learn how to search the online records for Mexico. Church and Civil records are now available online. Use these records to find your Mexican ancestors.
This class will examine sources that are available, many online, which include newspapers and Norwegian bygdebøker, as well as lesser-known websites.
It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. This lecture will examine the many different forms of slavery and indentureship in early America.
Using published case studies as examples, this session focuses on the interaction of DNA and documentary evidence in establishing genealogical proof, including how to integrate both kinds of data in proof arguments -- graphically and in words -- and issues of showing and documenting DNA test results, living people's lineages, and other DNA-related sources.
In this session we shall look at what a surname or One-Name study is and why you might start one. How can it assist your genealogical research. We shall then explore the catalyst for such a study and how a study evolves. All the way through there is a references to my own One-Name study which features an Italian surname. There is a small segment on hosting a DNA project and the use of Social media in a One-Name or surname study.
Helping others and yourself find more family names gets easier and faster when you pair FamilySearch and partner sites together. Learn how to take advantage of free access to partner sites like Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, American Ancestors, and more, to accelerate your efforts to build the tree and find more names to take to the temple.
You may have your family tree online at Ancestry, but are you using the tools available to you to the fullest? In this presentation, we will go through LifeStory, Facts, and Gallery views. We will talk about attaching records, adding external sources, and uploading images and documents. Crista will also share some of her favorite tips for keeping track of her research and documenting her genealogical conclusions. Finally, we will talk about best practices for using the online trees of others.
This session is endorsed by Ancestry.
Do you have youth consultants in your ward? Wondered how to help them grow in the calling and in every aspect of their lives? Learn to inspire, train, and lead youth family history consultants. Material in this class is based on best practices gathered by the Family History Department from across the world.
This session will share several ideas that will help LDS Church members engage their families in gathering, preserving and sharing family stories and memories. From the kitchen to social media to the temple, all ages can be engaged. (This session is designed for LDS Church members of all experience levels and ages.)
The records of the Freedmen’s Bureau are among the richest for tracing African American ancestors. FamilySearch recently announced the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, a collaborative effort to index all surviving Freedmen’s Bureau records. A new website developed by Angela Walton-Raji and Toni Carrier, “Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau” (www.mappingthefreedmensbureau.com) is an interactive map interface to help researchers make the most of Freedmen’s Bureau records by identifying the Freedmen’s Bureau field office, hospital or contraband camp nearest their area of research interest, to make these records all the more accessible. This session will present an overview of the Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau website and present a case study which illustrates the importance of digging deeper into these valuable records after searching the FamilySearch index.
There are seven easy-to-use mobile apps that will help you tell your family history stories in a riveting way. Your family will go from rolling their eyes to sharing your discoveries on Facebook and Instagram, and forwarding them via email to their family and friends. Lisa Louise Cooke, author of the book "Mobile Genealogy" will provide you with step-by-step instruction and inspiring ideas for using these Android and Apple apps that leverage your photos, videos and stories. And you can use your creations in a myriad of ways such as featured on your family website, in videos shown at the family reunion, or embellishing the family Christmas newsletter. The possibilities are endless, and will bring family history into your family life in a whole new way.
British newspapers have been documenting the lives of our ancestors from the 1500s to the present day, giving wonderful information that can tell us how our ancestors lived but they are currently being digitised at a rate of thousands of pages a day by Findmypast. Learn about the strange, moving and exciting stories reported in the news, how they covered our ancestors, the digitisation of the largest collection of British local newspapers in the world and how to search these millions of pages to find details of our ancestors. British based family historian Myko Clelland will explore the history of local and national newspapers from the 1500s to the mid 20th century, giving you the context and history behind their creation while helping you to take what you already know about your family tree, using that information to find records in newspapers and get what you need with ease.
DNA Matching is a powerful new service developed by MyHeritage to help our users find relatives based on their shared genetic sequences. The technology compares data from autosomal DNA tests results and family trees to identify matches between users that indicate a family relationship. It allows people who have already tested their DNA through 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA services, and now MyHeritage DNA, to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research, and get greater value from their DNA test results.
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The Old (Mediaeval) and New (from 1845) Scottish Poor Laws, administered first by civil parishes, later the Church of Scotland, the Board of Supervision and the Local Government Board differed significantly from the English Poor Law and generated a distinctive administration and diverse archival records of interest to North American family historians, many of which are held in Scottish Archives throughout the nation and the National Records of Scotland. This illustrated presentation will identify the main features of the Scottish Poor Law and the archival sources generated by it. The potential value for family historians in researching their family history will be examined and the main sources identified, detailing their content and where family names and contextual information may be held. Scotland has a wide network of institutional and private archives. It will detail where the records can be found and accessed. Internet-based resources will be included. Handouts will be provided.
This session will explore the Southern Claims Commission Records that were created based upon losses in twelve states after the Civil War. The claimants testimony included a list of losses and witnesses to support those losses. These records produced eye witness testimonies from former slaves, family members and neighbors. Freedmen provide details about their lives and knowledge of their former enslavers.
Finding substitutes for vital records can be a challenge, particularly when there has been record loss, or even before the state required registration of vital records. But, there are quite a few other records that may be useful in discovering our ancestors.
Learn strategies for using new tools and records in the Church History Library to find stories, photographs, and experiences about your ancestors.
FamilySearch has joined forces with many in the family history or genealogy field to collaborate together. This class will demonstrate some of our partner apps and how they work with FamilySearch.
This lecture gives a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the United States and Europe; she will also cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one's Jewish roots.
This workshop will explore the surprising records that reflect the names of women of color who served in multiple jobs during the war and will explain how to find them. Surprisingly there are service records, and even pension files that describe the work performed by these women. These records point to unwritten chapters in American history, and hopefully will pull back another layer of many untold stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
The DNA in our cells can be followed from our ancestors to us. We can also follow our ancestors through historical records and learn about the roles they played in history. Combining the historical and scientific narrative can lead to a rich story that helps us to understand science, history and ourselves in a new light. This is a mother-daughter presentation that highlights one way a new generation of genealogists can become excited about their ancestors.
Creating your family story is more than just locating the records; it’s learning to evaluate each record for every single clue. From the standard death certificate to PERSI, learn to capture every detail and take advantage of them in your research to further the story of your ancestor's.
The wealth of online records for Wales should make Welsh family history research less challenging. A simple search for John Jones illustrates the problem. With all the information available, a few search strategies are needed to improve your success and accuracy. Along with search strategies awareness of patronymic naming customs are critical.
The parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in England and Wales give many genealogical clues to help develop a family history. This class will discuss how to locate these records (both online and offline) and the information they can hold, as well as highlighting other documents kept by the parish, the diocese and the archdeaconry and the invaluable information which can be gleaned about the lives of our ancestors.
AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. In this class, Ken will teach you how to take the good and great things from the lives of your ancestors as a pattern and foundation upon which to build your own and publish inspiring very short stories that near and distant families members will take time to read and be strengthened. Ken will discuss writing skills, blog approaches, and ways to locate and share stories with distant relatives.
Story Slams have been hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by the Wall Street Journal. Be introduced to the history of the Story Slam concept and learn of some of its phenomenal success. Participants will learn the why and how of using this model to enhance family gatherings. If you're looking for a way to get your family talking, you'll want to experience this! Come gain an understanding of the benefits and life changing experiences possible through a Story Slam. Included in this discussion will be information in regards to family relationship building and why the Story Slam model ratchets up the cool factor dramatically. Participants will be led through a fast-paced introduction to the necessary components of a Story Slam then led into the actual experience including the final performance.
How do you keep your genealogy momentum going after this conference? This class will help to evaluate where you are in your research and set realistic goals for the next 100 days. The first part of the class will help attendees self-assess where they are with their trees and what kind of research they want to be doing. Attendees will hone in on a focused list of goals for the 100 day period, whether to focus on one branch, one person, or build a tree from scratch. The next part of the class will review how to identify research activities and pace oneself across the 100 days, whether by identifying new resources, mining old ones, finding research experts, or even planning research expeditions. Finally, there will be a special focus on setting deadlines to share findings with family members.
Every genealogist is familiar with Schedule I of the federal census as the official population count. However, this schedule does not present the census in its entirety. In the form of supplemental schedules, each ten years congress authorized topical reports to describe growth in the country. Titled ‘supplemental schedules’, from 1820 to 1880 these reports capture data on agriculture, business, industry, mortality and social variables in the newly formed country. Now available in digitized format, these schedules aid in completing family composition. The schedules may identify missing and reveal cohort groups and community relations. These schedules list those in asylums, institutions and those incarcerated in a county jail or prison. With the growth of the internet, accessing these schedules provides valuable genealogical and community content information which expand the cultural and community of ancestors.
Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find. This Father and Daughter team wants to do better. What is the best plan for digitizing and archiving the items in their family history boxes? Where do they find the time and resources to implement that plan? Where do we put the most important items so that all of the family can find them? How do they make sure that all future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent and current generations to life?
The German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP) was formed by the American GGS (Germanic Genealogy Society, Minnesota) , DAGV (German umbrella organization of genealogical societies) and other societies in the U.S. to build up close exchange between German and American societies in genealogy as benefit for their members on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean: Americans looking for their German ancestors, Germans looking after emigrants and their offspring in America. Meanwhile 18 societies have joined the partnership. GGS will host the first ever International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July 2017 in Minneapolis. The class will give you an idea how the partnership can be helpful for you and why you should be engaged.
Genealogists often are frustrated by record shortages and surviving records that do not specify relationships. Using the analogy of assembling a jigsaw puzzle with many missing and damaged pieces, a case study will demonstrate six steps for overcoming record shortages to identify ancestors successfully.
Get an insider view of the new tools available to helpers to better follow the seven principles of helping others to love family history. Learn how these new features can help you in Spirit led one to one experiences.
With knowledge of your ancestral town in Italy, it is possible to start research using Italian records. Italy offers many records beyond birth, marriage and death. Discover what records are available and how they are accessed. Research by correspondence will also be discussed.
It’s been said that everyone has a story. But how many of us bother to record them? With today’s technology it’s easier than ever to save and preserve our precious family history memories to online cloud services in a format that can be easily shared. Whether you want to document the important moments in your own life, or remember the lives of your ancestors, this session will discuss some of the latest websites and apps to make storytelling a snap.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - THE SELLOUT CLASS FROM 2015! You cannot do Scottish Genealogy from Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, etc. Yet the word's best set of digitised records (and images) is right at your fingertips. Join this Class (wildly popular in 2016!) to discover where, what and how to use the information that will lead you right back to the early 1500s and before in Scotland.
Tips, tricks and new techniques to maximize your results while searching for your ancestors online. Make the most of your searches by following these tried and true methods. Sometimes a brick wall can be broken down with simple skills. Discover how to do genealogy searching in an easier and more productive manner. Find information in a way that you may have not thought of before.
Are you intrigued by social media & looking for new ways it can be used for something constructive? Are you interested in getting your young people & little ones excited about and involved in family history? We are, too! And we want to share some great ideas with you that will give family history the power and attraction of social media and our favorite handheld devices.
Key to locating ancestral records is thoroughly identifying all of the jurisdictions in which they lived, worked or had legal dealings. Jurisdictional boundaries and place names change over time, so knowing WHEN is an essential part of knowing WHERE to search. Numerous Internet and print resources exist to facilitate identifying these locations.
This presentation will explore the unique features of Eastern European Jewish genealogy that adds to the challenges of researching our ancestors. This will include Jewish genealogy myths, specialized records, resources, immigration patterns, Holocaust research, and the impact culture has on family history.
We regularly use libraries and archives close to home, but how do we access such resources in a foreign country? Although the internet has made it easier to reach genealogists on the other side of the world, we still face challenges in knowing what resources are available "over there", and how to communicate with others who do not speak English. This class will provide tips along with examples of successful case studies on how to reach out to the international community, to get help with your research anywhere in the world.
This class introduces Puzzilla SuperHints, the most powerful tool for helping beginners find a place to start growing their tree. Beginners struggle to examine enough hints to find one that contains new persons to grow their tree. Puzzilla SuperHints does the finding for you, quickly and easily scanning hundreds of FamilyTree hints to reveal those likely containing new persons to add. A new person is often the beginning of a whole new line to mine. Consultants can quickly find a promising start for their clients. This is the key to success for beginners. This class will also show the procedure for using Puzzilla to search the trees of others to help them find a starting place.
In 1865 the Freedmen's Bureau was established in the South to provide assistance to freedmen and refugees. It provided to those in need food, medicine and clothing, established schools, and hospitals, provided transportation, helped with labor contracts and assisted soldiers with pension claims. For many researchers with African American ancestry, Bureau records are a starting point in making that link to that first generation of former slaves. This class will focus on the Freedmen's Bureau records on FamilySearch by understanding how best to search the record images, the scope of the Discover Freedmen Project, by looking at the records that were indexed and discuss a strategy for using the records with other Reconstruction era collections such as census records, and voter registrations.
Imagine turning on your computer to find out all your computer files are being held hostage. You are given 3 days to pay a ransom or all of the data - your genealogy files, photos, videos, and everything else you collected on your computer - will be lost, forever. It could never happen to you! That's what the individuals, businesses, hospitals, churches, and even government agencies thought before their files were encrypted right in front of their eyes. It's called Ransomware and getting infected is as simple as clicking on a link in an email or an ad on a website, and millions of people have been infected over the last few of years. In this session you will learn the strategies you can use to protect and preserve your data from a Ransomware attack. We'll also cover some tips and tricks to be safe online so you can minimize your chances of getting your computer infected by Ransomware or the some other insidious malware capable of destroying years of genealogical research.
U.S. County Histories are a fun and quirky genre of books to discover and use in your research, with information about families and the areas they lived which may be unavailable in any other source. There were several peaks of production of these volumes, and we will learn why they were created and what is included in these tomes weighing up to 20 lbs! We’ll suggest search strategies for finding the titles of your county’s history books, and how to locate these volumes both in libraries and online. Biographies are included in these county histories – often with engravings or photographs of people, which gave them the nickname “Mugbooks”. Are the biographies accurate? What can be gleaned, and lead to more research ideas? Information about your family may be hiding in plain sight! This talk will help you get the most out of the books, and you will be able to use these histories from cover to cover.
With increased indexing and transcription of records, often linked to digitised images on free and commercial websites, searching for an individual or collecting references to everyone holding a particular surname is much easier now, isn’t it? Using a variety of sites to try to discover details about those elusive ancestors, creative searching is a must and this class will cover some of the investigative methods needed as well as the more challenging transcriptions the genealogist has to work with, whilst still being enormously grateful that they are available to us online. As well as providing tips and tricks for searching, some 'Downright Ridiculous' discoveries will be shared of extraordinary but true names of British People! A class where you will learn and laugh in equal measure.
Take a look at one family’s personal journey to find a complete photo and history preservation solution. As most families do, this family had a great need and desire to preserve vulnerable documents, as well as printed and digital photographs. And, they recognized the need to establish succession as a way to hand these treasures down to future generations. In this breakout, you will see how one family’s story unfolds as they discover an unknown box full of family photos and memorabilia and their quest to preserve and protect these priceless family memories. This discovery launched this family into an astounding journey across nearly two centuries of family history — a history that could not possibly be archived, secured, and enjoyed by future generations without the help of new digital technologies
Day One’s simple interface has enabled millions of users to begin recording their personal and family histories on a daily basis. As a recipient of the 2012 “Mac App of the Year” and 2014 “Apple Design Award,” Day One has established itself as one of the premier iOS and Mac apps in the Apple App Store. In this session, you will learn about Day One and hear in-depth tips and techniques for using Day One to capture life as you live it.