Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"It's Time to Change the Game"

In her blog "For Your Family Story" last October, genealogist Caroline Pointer offered the following post about the changing face of genealogy today. I'm sharing this because it offers very valid points about how the culture of Family History is changing.


It’s time to throw away the genealogy rule book. 

No more of having to be retired or having to be over a certain age to look for who begat you.

No more of reading and memorizing a 300-page tome of “More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Genealogy” before you ever think about “doing” genealogy.

No more spending all day in a library (unless you really want to, of course).

No more making fun of other people’s family trees located online or offline. After all, right or wrong, they are at least trying.

No more dry and boring genealogical and historical society meetings where younger people are not only made to feel unwelcome but discouraged to visit, join, or, heaven forbid, make a suggestion .

No more scheduling genealogy-related or family history-related meetings and conferences when those who are employed full-time cannot possibly attend.

Basically, no more doing things the same old way just because that’s the way it has always been done.

The key to lessening the disparity between those who want to know who their ancestors were and those who actually take steps to learn who their ancestors were is through a combination of education and allowing people to do it on their own terms. It should be goal-based. Perhaps a person’s goal is to learn the medical history of their ancestors. Perhaps another person’s goal is to memorialize a loved one’s life, and yet another person’s goal is to have a complete genealogy that is perfectly sourced. 

All are equally valuable in their own right as well as possibly valuable to the other. For example, perhaps the person who researches their medical history unknowingly stumbles upon something of value to someone else, and in blogging about it on their non-genealogy or non-family history blog, they unwittingly share it with a family history researcher who needed that information to solve a “brick wall” problem?

Likewise, what if the person who memorializes a loved one’s life on say, 1000Memories.com, shares a story of their loved one, and in that story were clues that the genealogical researcher needed to complete their genealogy?

Moreover, while a fundamental change is very helpful from the “top down”, it is more practical at a community level. It is important to remove the stigma that genealogy is only for those who are retired.  Below are just a few ideas that community groups and organizations should at least take into consideration:
  • Family and community history should be incorporated more into schools by placing modern tools and curriculum into the hands of educators.
  • The trial-and-error method of research should be acknowledged and embraced so that all feel comfortable to try, to make errors and to find truths.
  • More modern methods should be used for local education and outreach in communities, in genealogical and historical societies, in libraries, etc.
  • Communities should implement mentoring programs with a more seasoned researcher paired with a younger researcher. There is so much one can teach and learn from the other.
  • Accommodate those with differing schedules by offering a 2nd meeting of the group or organization at a different time for those who aren’t retired.
None of the above will matter, though, if we don’t incorporate modern technology into everything we do. It’s the game-changer. Technology can allow younger groups to participate like never before. Just imagine a program where younger people were unleashed in a retirement home, and they captured family stories on Smartphones? How about if they were unleashed in an old forgotten cemetery and with their Smartphones, they captured and uploaded all the photos of and information from the tombstones to an online site?

Further, what about all those descendants who have moved from the area that the ancestors once lived in? Are genealogical and historical societies in those areas thinking about programs for these people when they schedule programs? Could they learn how to use webinars and other online tools to reach out to these descendants as well as to the local community?

The point is that the genealogy world needs to meet people where they are, assess what those people need, and provide a platform that is inviting and relevant to them. It can’t afford not to do it. Do we really want our descendants sitting around wondering who we were and wondering why we didn’t capture what we could with the technology we had?

Do you want to participate in the conversation? 1000Memories invites and encourages you to blog and/or tweet about it. Please send the link tomike@1000memories.com or tweet what you think and use the hashtag #familyhistorymonth in the tweet. Next Saturday, 1000memories will publish a summary of all the perspectives and ideas shared. 

~Caroline

When she’s not suggesting crazy ideas like putting Smartphones into the hands of the young and unleashing them in retirement communities to record family stories, Caroline M. Pointer is recording her own family stories with every tool that she can think of on her personal family history blog, Family Stories.  Caroline is a professional genealogist and family historian who enjoys sharing what she’s learned when technology and genealogy collide on her blog, 4YourFamilyStory.com. She has a new blog for beginners and professionals alike launching soon, BloggingGenealogy.com, where she will share about getting more out of genealogy and blogging. Also, she is the In2Genealogy columnist for the E-magazine, Shades of the Departed. Caroline can be reached at CMPointer [AT] gmail [DOT] com. However, most often she can be found on that newfangled social media blue bird site called Twitter at @FamilyStories.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Looking Ahead at the 1940 Census


Dick Eastman writes a daily genealogy newsletter. Today he offered a good article about what we need to do to prepare to use the 1940 census, particularly focusing on Enumeration Districts, since the Census will not be indexed until late 2012. You can read the article here.  
While you're at the site of Dick's newsletter, you might consider subscribing...it comes daily to your email and is free.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Printing Options at Ancestry.com

An article posted today in the Ancestry.com blog explains that it is now possible to print just the current view of images there. This is especially helpful if you want to print just a portion of a census image, for example. Click on the photo above to go to the article by Ancestry.com and learn more about this important feature. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Using Feed Readers

Denise Barrett Olson has written a very good article at TechTips that explains what Feed Readers are and how to use them. I follow many blogs and news articles related to genealogy. I don't have time to search them out on the internet each day, so I subscribe to the ones I want to read and they're brought into my Google Reader each day. I can read what I want, or just browse the headlines. You can read her article by clicking on the photo above. Check it out.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Social Security Numbers Disappearing

Many genealogy sites are removing the social security numbers of the deceased. You can read more about this current issue here and here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Create a Colorful Fan Chart

As Consultants, we're encouraged to create our own fan chart so we can help our ward members create one  for themselves. To learn how to do it, watch the short video posted on THIS page where it says "see a demo" toward the bottom of the page

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Consultant's Guide

On the"Church News and Events" page of the lds.org site, it was announced today that a new leader's guide to temple and family history work has been published and is available for a free download here. The training guide "To Turn the Hearts" is a resource for Family History Consultants. The print version of the guide is accompanied by a DVD that contains videos which can be seen here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Family Search is Moving

Renee Zamora is on the board of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group and writes a blog called Renee's Genealogy Blog. Today Renee reported on the UVTAGG meeting of Dec 3, where the guest speaker was Ron Tanner of FamilySearch. She reports that Ron Tanner gave a private presentation on what's happening with FamilySearch. New.FamilySearch is being redesigned for placement into www.familysearch.org. Currently, the new design is live, but has limited functionality and access. In her blog she gives instructions how YOU can access the new site. Her post has pictures that accompany her comments and is worth looking at and studying. Please go to this link to access her blog post: http://rzamor1.blogspot.com/2011/12/nfs-migrating-over-to.html. This information is vital for us to know, as we continue to work on our family trees and submit names for temple work through familysearch.org. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Video Lessons from Ancestry.com

We've added a new element to the sidebar on this blog. Look to the right sidebar for this "widget" from Ancestry.com. There's quite a selection of videos that offer lessons, classes and interesting talks on the subject of genealogy. They vary in length, so you can catch one that you have time to watch. Check it out and enjoy some of the live streaming that Ancestry.com brings us.

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's a Great Day for Genealogy

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at NewsBank. A well-known librarian and genealogist for more than 43 years, Kemp has authored more than two dozen books (most recently The International Vital Records Handbook, 5th ed., Genealogical Publishing, 2009) and hundreds of articles. He has also served in many international and national positions.

Thomas has recently started the blog "It's a Great Day for Genealogy". His posts offer excellent advice and information to help us with our research. Click on the photo above and check it out. It would be a good blog to "Follow". 

RootsMagic v.5 Released

If you're using RootsMagic for your genealogy database, you'll want to know that version 5 was released today. Click on the photo above to go to the page with news about the v. 5 features and the link to order/download your copy. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Training for Consultants

Emil Hansen, Director of the Ogden Regional Family History Center offers this updated article in the December, 2011 issue of the Family History Newsletter.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why and How to Use an Archives

The Society of American Archivists has a helpful online guide: "Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research".  This small booklet describes how archives function, how to identify appropriate archives for your research, and how to access historical materials and research at an archives. You can download a copy of the book here:  http://www2.archivists.org/usingarchives.

Friday, November 18, 2011

How to Jumpstart your Family History

Sunny Morton has written a very good article in the MORMONlife blog that gives good suggestions for giving our family history research a "jumpstart". Click here and read her 5 point list for some helpful tips on capturing our heritage in a fun and interesting way. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

TechTips is an Exceptional Site

Lee Drew, who is known as the "Lineagekeeper", posted an excellent article about the Family Search Tech Tips site in his "Family History with the Lineagekeeper" blog today. Click on teh photo above to read his article. I highly recommend the web site and his good promotion and explanation of the wonderful resources provided to us by Family Search. Please check out FamilySearch TechTips!

Social Security Administration Extends FOIA Restriction to 100 Years

In this article on her "Roots World" blog, genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak explains a new change by the SSA and how it can impact our research. If you've ordered Social Security Applications hoping to find the names of parents of the applicant, you'll be interested to read about this change. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

At FamilySearch TechTips, Devin Ashby has posted a new and very informative video about Publishing Your Family History with tools provided by Google, including Google Sites, YouTube, and Blogger. Here's a link to the video:  https://www.familysearch.org/techtips/2011/11/publishing-with-google

Change Coming for FamilySearch CEO

My blogging and genealogy friend Sue Maxwell put a news release on her 'Granite Genealogy' blog that says Jay Verkler, CEO of FamilySearch will leave that position in January, 2012 as Dennis Brimhall assumes the title of CEO. You can read it here: http://granitegenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/11/familysearch-news-brimhall-replaces.html

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Search Tips for Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com has been offering some very good instructional videos on YouTube. On Monday a video was uploaded that gives some excellent searching tips by one of the staff members who works in that department. I listened to the video shown above, titled "Secrets to Searching Ancestry.com". Click on the photo to go to it. 
One interesting point that I learned that I didn't already know was that when you do an "Advanced Search" and enter a death date for an individual, the only results that will show up will include that death date. That means NO CENSUS records would appear in the search results, since census records don't give death dates. The search results don't show what you already know about the person, they only give records that have the information in them that you entered in the search form.
You can learn this and many other valuable searching techniques by watching this video.

Tracing Immigrant Origins

This Wiki page introduce the principles, search strategies, and record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's original hometown. These principles apply to almost any country. Finding an immigrant ancestor's place of origin is the key to finding earlier generations of the family. It provides access to many family history resources in that home area. Once you know a former place of residence or a birthplace, you may be able to add more generations to your pedigree. Click on the photo above to go to this page on the FamilySearch Wiki.

Monday, November 7, 2011

1940 Census Info at FamilySearch.org

ON APRIL 2, 2012NARA will provide access to the images of the 1940 United States Federal Census for the first time. Unlike previous census years, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made available as free digital images. Read all about the census here at Family Search.org.

How to Start a Search for Ancestors at Ancestry.com

My husband asked me recently "What's the first thing you do when you start to research a family?" I told him I start a new file on RootsMagic, enter the information I've been given by the person requesting my research, then I start my search at Ancestry.com. On their YouTube channel, Ancestry.com offers 100 videos with instruction for genealogy research. At this link, you'll find a 20 minute video by "Ancestry Anne" explaining how to start and conduct complete research at Ancestry.com. http://youtu.be/DIje7zcZLVQ

Searching for Death Records at Ancestry.com

Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com has prepared a 20 minute video explaining the best search methods for death records at Ancestry.com in the video at this link on YouTube: http://youtu.be/iwz6891V4do

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Virtual Voyage to Ellis Island

Here is a link to a video on YouTube that was created by a teacher to instruct students about Ellis Island. The soundtrack by The Irish Tenors is the song the story of Annie Moore's entrance to America. 

Changes to Death Index Listings


Changes to the Public Death Master File (DMF) and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Effective today, 01 November 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its policy on what records it will use as source material for adding new entries in the Public Death Master File (DMF) which, in turn, is used to create the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).
The Agency decided that it can no longer use state death records to add new entries to the DMF.  Furthermore, the SSA will remove approximately 4.2 million records currently on the SSDI because those entries were made based on information from state death records.  
The rest of the article and the fact sheet from the Social Security Administration can be found on Steve Danko's genealogy blog HERE.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

FREE Ancestry.com Webinars

When you click on the above photo, you'll go to the page at Ancestry.com that lists their free webinars. A webinar is simply an online class (seminar), usually one hour in length, available to anyone who registers. To register, you only need to sign up with a username (email address) and password. You'll receive a notice by email that you're registered, and you'll receive a reminder email immediately prior to the webinar, so you won't miss it. The reminder email will include the link for you to join the live webinar. 


If we're interested in a topic that's offered in a webinar but aren't able to watch the live presentation, we can view the "archived" videos. The photo above takes you to the page where the archived videos are listed and available to watch. Webinars are available on topics such as: 
(1) Finding your Irish Ancestors in Ireland and America
(2) First Steps #1: Getting Started at Ancestry.com
(3) First Steps #2: Tips for Successful Searches
(4) First Steps #3: Now What? How to use your discoveries to make your next big find
(5) Interviewing Family: Tips and Techniques
(6) Coming to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors


If you haven't attended a webinar (by simply sitting at your computer watching a lesson presented by an expert on a topic related to genealogy research), I encourage you to watch one of these archived videos. Learning is easier when we're being shown a technique while we're being taught. Try it out!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Learn More on the Research Wiki


"Learn More" on the Research Wiki

By Caroline M. Pointer

FamilySearch.org has over 2.5 billion records online, but did you know that by clicking the “Learn More” button featured with each record set, you can connect to additional information about the record sets on the FamilySearch Research Wiki? By clicking on the “Learn More” button you are instantly accessing a wealth of information on the FamilySearch Research Wiki that can add depth and insight to the records you are using for your family history research.

While the information provided can vary slightly, there are 10 types of basic information that are provided for each record group, including:
  • Collection Time Period—This indicates the time period the collection encompasses.
  • Record Description—The description tells the kinds of records a collection contains. If a record collection contains only baptisms and marriages and you are looking for a death record, for example, then looking in this record collection may not be the best place to start.
  • How to Use This Record—Have you ever wanted or needed instructions on how to use a record collection? It may sound silly, but it is important to know how to use a particular record collection. FamilySearch Research Wiki provides detailed instructions on how to use each collection in an easy to understand format.
  • Record History—Knowing the historical context in which the records were created as well as the reliability of the records contained in the collection can help in evaluating the records.
  • Related Websites—FamilySearch Research Wiki provides links to additional information for the collection.
  • Related Wiki Articles—If there are volunteer-contributed articles that pertain to a record collection, then the links to those articles are listed here.
  • Known Issues with the Collection—Record collections can have issues and concerns that come up from time to time, and knowing these can help in evaluating records. 
  • Contributions to This Article—This is where users can add any information they have on the particular record collection, adding more insight to the records.
  • Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections—No more worries on how to cite a record—examples are provided here.
  • Sources of Information for This Collection—Knowing the sources of a collection can affect users’ decisions about records.
As you can see, FamilySearch.org provides vast collections of records, but the FamilySearch Research Wiki provides added value to those collections by providing more information about them. Click the “Learn More” button while you research, and let the Research Wiki add depth to your family history records.

When she’s not using FamilySearch Research Wiki to evaluate records, Caroline M. Pointer can be found helping researchers use technology to further their genealogy research on her blog For Your Family Story.https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Google for Genealogists on YouTube

I often advise our Consultants to have a Google account. Today this short paragraph was published in the Logan Family History Center newsletter:
Google for Genealogists on YouTube
Google is a "MUST" for genealogy research. To get the most out of Google, there are a series of 5 videos on YouTube that will help you learn how to use this powerful tool.  Part 1 discusses basic Google searches, Par1 2 explains techniques for finding genealogical information on the web.  Part 3 & 4 talk about organizing your genealogy and part 5 discusses publishing it.  Submitted by: David Winkler

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Changing Face of Genealogy

At the RootsTech 2011 Conference in Salt Lake City last Spring, Curt Witcher, Genealogy Director of the Allen County Public Library, presented a keynote address on "The Changing Face of Genealogy". It's an exciting, motivating and uplifting look at the current trend in genealogy to focus more on the STORIES of our ancestors. Click on this link to view the video coverage of his presentation. 
http://bcove.me/ezw0d1c1

FamilySearch Data Centers

Have you ever wondered WHERE all the data is stored that is provided by FamilySearch? Did you know ANY of these facts listed below? 

  • The FamilySearch website consists of about 6,000 servers
  • The general public will add 10 to 15 times the users to the new FamilySearch Tree
  • Each center has a robotic tape machine whose size rivals that of a a school bus
  • FamilySearch’s Internet connection is large enough to stream more than 75,000 movies simultaneously
  • FamilySearch volunteers index 1.5 million records a day
  • Each center has miles of cables
  • FamilySearch’s ViaWest data center consumes 5 million kilowatt hours annually
  • To guard against earthquake damage, the ViaWest data center is built on big shock absorbers
  • Instead of the 10 or 20 amp breakers you see in your homes, ViaWest uses a 5,000 amp circuit breaker
"The Ancestry Insider" is an otherwise unidentified employee of FamilySearch who writes a personal blog by that same name. Today he wrote an interesting and fact-filled post about Family Search that can be read here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Awesome RootsTech Registration Cost



I've written about the RootsTech Conference scheduled for Feb. 2-4, 2012 in Salt Lake City. It's an awesome conference and a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about all the new things in technology and genealogy that are available to help with our research. Larry and I registered last month when an offer came up for $99 each. Today we got this notice that Consultants are able to register for $89 if you register before Nov. 30.  After Nov. 30 the cost will be $189!!!! Please check it out and give it some thought. This is an exciting opportunity! The web site is http://rootstech.familysearch.org/


Important RootsTech Information

We are excited to announce the second annual RootsTech conference, sponsored by FamilySearch. It will be held on February 2–4, 2012, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The RootsTech conference will have something for everyone. Genealogists of all skill levels will learn new technology-based approaches to their research. Researchers with a strong interest in technology will have the opportunity to test new products or solutions and provide feedback for technology creators.

The conference will also feature an exciting blend of speakers, workshops, and demonstrations. The speakers include D. Joshua Taylor, Lisa Louise Cook, Stephen P. Morse, Dan Lynch, Geoff Rasmussen, and others, as well as many experts from FamilySearch.

For Consultants

As a consultant, you can save on your conference registration fee if you register by November 30. The fee for early consultant registration is $89 (a savings of $100). The code to use for early registration is RT89. Just click here to register, click on Full Conference Pass, and use the above code.

There will be a limited number of free classes announced at a later time for consultants who do not wish to participate in the full conference.  Details on those classes will follow in a future notice.
We look forward to your participation in this second annual RootsTech conference.
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Revamped FamilySearch Wiki Help Page

We've heard a lot about the Family Search Wiki and have even been taught by one of its developers, Fran Jensen.  But from my personal experience, I've found it hard to maneuver. I just didn't know how to get around the site. I was happy when I saw the news that the help page has been redesigned. Now there are step-by-step links on the same page. Click the photo above, check out the site and bookmark it. You'll want to return there many times.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The FamilySearch Weekly

I've written before about this excellent resource, and will likely write about it again and again. The FamilySearch Weekly was created by Steve Cottrell using a program available called paper.li. If you subscribe to it by clicking on the "subscribe" link at the top right, you'll get a notice in your email each week when it's published. The email will include a link that will take you to the actual "newspaper". Many current articles are included and are available to read in full by clicking their headlines. 
As you can see in this thumbnail, today's edition contains articles about Indexing, publishing your family history through a blog, Family History Centers, and many other topics of interest to those of us who want to help others research their family histories. Click on the  picture above to go to the site and read the articles that are of interest to you. And "SUBSCRIBE" to stay up with current news and stay motivated to do our job well. 

Involve Children and Youth in Family History

"Many people desire to know where they come from, but a sense of belonging is especially important for children and youth. A knowledge about their family history gives children of all ages a sense of their place in the world. It can also give young people something to live up to—a legacy to respect. Family history also provides an opportunity for children and teenagers to make a meaningful contribution to something bigger than themselves. This lesson provides ideas about how to involve children and youth in family history activities. Children and youth who develop an interest in family history are more likely to participate in family history throughout their lives."
This is the Introduction on this Family Search Wiki page about how we can get children and youth interested and involved in family history. The page has excellent specific ideas for us to follow. Check it out!

Monday, October 17, 2011

RootsTech 2012: An Uncommon Conference


I'll be writing occasionally about RootsTech 2012, a family history and technology conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Feb. 2-4, 2012. RootsTech is not like ordinary genealogy conferences. The web site says "RootsTech is a leading edge conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges they face in family history research today. At RootsTech, genealogists and family historians will discover emerging technologies to improve their family history research experience. Technology developers will learn the skills to deliver innovative applications and systems. They will also have the opportunity to receive instant feedback from peers and users on their ideas and creations. Attendees will learn from hands-on workshops and interactive presentations at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level." Click on the logo or link above and read more about it. Registrations are still open! Larry and I plan to attend and we'd love to see you there too! Becky Jamison

Google Alerts and Google Books

On Oct 6 I posted a short video about using Google for our genealogy research. Here's a link to that article: http://canoncityfamilyhistorycenter.blogspot.com/2011/10/on-excellent-tech-tips-section-of.html.

Today, Devin Ashby has continued his instruction about using Google Alerts and Google Books in this video at this link:  http://goo.gl/rJ0Kl. Or you can view it here:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Plans for Change at New Family Search

The Family Search Service Missionaries in Salt Lake City recently had a training session with Jeff Hawkins, who is the "Man at the top" of Family Search. The training session was recorded and is available for us to watch at this link: 
http://ldschurch1.adobeconnect.com/p1zzsihk2hz/
It is 1 hour 44 minutes in length. You can pause it and listen in smaller chunks of time. Jeff reveals many changes that are in the design and planning stages for New Family Search. If you want to get an idea of what's ahead next year, check it out. 
I've watched the entire presentation and am very excited about some new features that will be available at the site. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Why Do I Need an LDS Account?


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers a lot of online information and services, much of which is personalized to your identity and Church calling.
For example, on LDS.org you can sign in and view your ward directory and calendar. You can access resources specific to your calling. You can view Church buildings and sites near your location. There’s even a Study Notebook where you can highlight passages and create journal entries. In fact, there are dozens of new Church websites offering similar personalized experiences. To access these and other resources, you need an LDS Account.
What Is LDS Account?
Your LDS Account provides you with a single user name and password to access all Church websites. One of the benefits of having an LDS Account is that it uses your membership record number to access information about your calling, location, ward, and family. Church websites draw upon this data to personalize the information shown to you and to expand the resources you can access.
What Sites Are Using LDS Account?
Most Church sites have a sign in link that accepts your LDS Account. The following are the most popular sites using LDS Account:
  • FamilySearch.org
  • New.FamilySearch.org
  • LDS.org
  • Directory (lds.org/directory)
  • Calendar (lds.org/church-calendar)
  • Leader and Clerk Resources (lds.org/leader)
  • Study Notebook (notebook.lds.org)
  • It’s About Love (itsaboutlove.org)
  • LDS Jobs (jobs.lds.org)
  • LDSTech (tech.lds.org)
  • LDS Maps (maps.lds.org)
  • Mormon.org
  • Online Store (store.lds.org)
  • YW Personal Progress (personalprogress.lds.org)
  • Duty to God (dutytogod.lds.org)
  • LDS Youth (youth.lds.org)
Your LDS Account gives you access to all of these resources and more. Without an LDS Account, you’re missing a huge part of the online Church experience. You may be able to see some website information without signing in, but often more personalized information appears after you sign in. (See a list of all the LDS websites.)
For example, after executive secretaries and clerks sign in to LDS.org, a new option Clerk Resources appears on the Tools menu. Clerk Resources is a portal with training, tools, and information specific to clerk callings. A similar portal appears for stake presidents, bishops, Relief Society presidents, stake technology specialists, and others.
For Young Men and Young Women leaders, after signing in to the Personal Progress or Duty to God sites, they can track the progress of the young men or women they are called to serve.
How Do I Sign Up for an LDS Account?
  • Go to https://ldsaccount.lds.org.
  • Click Register for an LDS Account.
  • Complete the required fields. One of the required fields asks for your membership record number (MRN). You can find this on your temple recommend or on your Individual Ordinance Summary. If you don’t have either of these, ask your clerk for your MRN number. Figuring out this number may be inconvenient for some, but it ensures that only the right people have access to Church information, such as the ward directory and calendar. You can sign up without your MRN, but your access will be limited on some sites.
  • Click the link in the confirmation e-mail sent to you.
Anyone who is 8 or older may sign up for an LDS Account. However, children under 12 need their parent’s permission.
Selecting Your Interests
When you sign up for an LDS Account, you can select your interests using the Subscription tab. The Subscriptions tab presents several check boxes you can select, such as keeping updated about new Church websites, meetinghouse technologies, beta software, or Mormon Messages. Selecting your interests allows leaders at Church headquarters to provide you relevant information.
Adapted from the LDS Tech article “Why Do I Need an LDS Account?” by Tom Johnson.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Successful InService Gathering

Fifteen Consultants gathered in our Family History Center this evening for our October InService meeting. Becky Jamison reviewed the details of this blog so it can be utilized as a research tool. And Bessie Lancaster gave a good presentation on Family Search Indexing, with step-by-step instructions on how to get started and how to contribute to this worthwhile program. The need for Indexers is so great that Ken Orchard told the group that a plea was given for Indexers in each of the classes he attended at the Family History Expo last June in Loveland, Colorado. 
Our next InService meeting will be Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 pm. Put it on your calendars now and plan to join us for an enlightening training session in our Family History Center. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fold3 Training Center


Footnote.com recently changed its name to Fold3. It's available in the Online Portal at each computer in our Family History Center. New video tutorials are available to help us learn how to use Fold3. 

Fold3 Training Center

Three new video tutorials and a variety of help topics are now available in the Fold3 Training Center. The first of several planned video tutorials include:
Each video is 4-5 minutes long and designed to provide tips and strategies to help you make the most of your Fold3 membership.
Report to the Fold3 Training Center to find one-page explanations of the most common how-to topics. Look for Uncle Sam on the lower right of the home page, or start directly from http://www.fold3.com/tour. Keep checking back as we add more video tutorials and help topics.