Friday, April 27, 2012

Family Tree Access

The following article was posted on the Family Search blog today. It's very important so I'm re-posting it here. 

Family Tree Access

As a family history consultant, you should be aware of the new Family Tree on that we will be releasing to the public in the next few months. At this time we would like to invite you to use it before it releases to the general public. We need your participation to help us make it better.
Please keep in mind that features and menus may change at this stage of development, as your experience using the program also likely will.
Once the features and functions are in place, the Family Tree will replace and will be freely and publicly available to all people around the world.
The Family Tree will let you:
  • Connect and collaborate with others who share an interest in a common ancestral line.
  • Add, edit, and delete relationships between individuals in the Family Tree. –Coming soon!
  • Discuss and source vital family tree information to improve conclusions over time.
  • Add specific ancestors to a personal “Watch List” to receive notifications whenever information about those ancestors is added or changed.
  • Try out new features and functionality as they are added over the coming months.
Get started today! Please follow the instructions below to activate your account and help pioneer this new approach to family history.
First-Time Account Activation for Access to the Family Tree
To activate your current FamilySearch Account for access to the Family Tree, just sign in on the special access page. Go to to sign in using your normal user name and password. This will be the only time you will need to access this page.

The first time you sign in, you will be automatically redirected to your family tree section on the main website. That’s right. You will now be able to access your family tree information right on!
All of the information from has been conveniently added to the Family Tree, and any changes you make in either system will be available in both systems. Your family tree and other features can be accessed when you click on the Family Tree tab at the top left of the web page.
Once you activate your account, you can then access the Family Tree anytime you sign in to the website. Be sure to always sign in. If you are not signed in, the Family Tree link will not appear on the site.
Got a Question?
If you need help, contact Support at 1-866-506-1830 or Please note that help for this program is currently limited to assisting you to access the Family Tree.
A complete user guide for the Family Tree is available online to help you get started. Additional support materials are being added regularly. Any time you need this information, just click the Help link on
Your Feedback Is Important
During these initial stages of the Family Tree, your experiences, insights, and ideas will help us to refine the process. Please take the time to share your thoughts by clicking the orange Feedback tab found on the top right of the web pages. You’ll also be able to view the comments made by others.

We hope that you enjoy exploring the Family Tree and that you find much joy as you discover more about your family history. We look forward to you learning and championing this amazing new feature as it comes online.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Colorado Family History Expo June 1-2, 2012

April 24, 2011
                                                                                                                                Information and tips
Family History Expo to Be Held in Colorado in June
Dear Family History Consultants, Family History Center and Extraction Directors, and Priesthood Leaders,

You may be interested in attending the upcoming Colorado Family History Expo sponsored by Family History Expos (a private company). The Colorado expo will be held June 1–2, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs, 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
We are sending this letter now so that you have time to take advantage of the early bird special: only $49 if you register by May 2, 2012.
The opening keynote speaker will be Don R. Anderson, a senior vice president for FamilySearch. He has responsibility for the Patron Services Division, including the FamilySearch Family History Library and the Worldwide Support organization. Don provides help to those searching for ancestors using FamilySearch, the Family History Library, family history centers, the FamilySearch website, and other resources.
Holly T. Hansen, president of Family History Expos, Inc., will give the closing keynote address. Holly has helped thousands of people understand the techniques and technology they can use to trace their roots in today's ever-changing technological environment.
Over 50 classes will be presented, ranging from beginner to advanced topics. You can review the class schedule at Staff from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will also be present.
There is no cost for attending the keynote address or visiting the exhibit hall. There will also be a special track of free classes for family history consultants. You can visit the website to find out more about these free classes and to see the cost of attending all of the classes offered.
The Colorado Family History Expo could also be a great opportunity for the ward members you are working with to learn more about finding their ancestors. You may want to share information about the expo with them.
General questions relating to the expo should be directed to:
Family History
P.O. Box 187
Morgan, UT 84050
Phone: 1-801-829-3295
If you have specific questions relating to FamilySearch or consultant training classes offered at the expo, please contact FamilySearch: 
U.S. and Canada: 1-866-406-1830                                                                                                                  International: Go to for more toll-free phone numbers.
FamilySearch Support

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Progress at Family Tree

Genealogist James Tanner has written an excellent article titled "The Jargon of Family Tree" on his blog "Genealogy Star". Please click this link to read it. James works at the Mesa Regional Family History Center, writes his blog and frequently contributes articles to LDS Tech Tips. By reading his article, we can get a good overview of all the progress being made with the change from to Family Tree at 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Podcasts, Webinars, & Blogs Explained

Claudia Breland posted a good article at that explains a lot of the new technology that is available for us to help with our family history research. If you'd like to better understand what a podcast, webinar or blog is, read her post titled "Podcasts & Webinars & Blogs, Oh My! Continuing Education in the Digital Age" here:

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blog Your Way to Genealogical Success

Family Search offers an excellent article and guide to creating a blog that will benefit your genealogical research. You can read it HERE

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Infographic on Release of 1940 Census

Michael LeClerc posted this interesting infographic on the Mocavo blog today. These numbers are just mind-boggling!