Monday, September 30, 2013

Mesa FamilySearch Library Newsletter

The October issue of the Mesa FamilySearch Library's monthly newsletter is available on their website. This issue has details about the FREE Family History Conference that will take place on October 26th--registration, classes, location and more.  Classes are filling up fast!  

If you've been thinking about attending, the newsletter contains brief descriptions of all the classes offered on October 26.

Also please take note of a presentation and workshop on October 23 and 24 by Bruce Buzbee, the founder and president of RootsMagic.  

Visit the Mesa Library website at: for more information and/or to register.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Family History Conference


The second annual Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa, Arizona FamilySearch Library will be held at the L.D.S. Institute of Religion, located at the East part of the A.S.U. campus, 1000 S. McAllister, Tempe, Arizona 85281.

The conference will be from 8:15 AM to 3:25 PM with doors opening at 7:30 AM. There are 45 classes with a mid-day lunch break. The conference is free, but because of limited classroom space, online pre-registration for all classes is required.

To register or for more information, go to





Monday, September 23, 2013

Upcoming Legacy Webinars

Legacy seems to be taking a short break, but three upcoming October webinars will be of interest to most researchers. The topic for October 16 is newspaper research, followed by using church records on October 23. The final October webinar on the 30th will discuss the use of early court records. More information will be posted closer to those dates.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Legacy Webinar: September 18

From Legacy's Webinar page:

Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files

"You've gone to all the trouble to record your family's oral history in audio. Don't banish those files to the dark corners of your computer or external hard drive. Bring them back to life by sharing them with your family, community or on your blog. Marian Pierre-Louis will guide you through free and easy ways to edit and share your files."

If this topic is of interest to you, register to watch on September 18, 2013.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

FamilySearch/Ancestry Partnership

FamilySearch and recently announced a joint agreement to begin a 5-year effort to digitize and index more than 1 billion records from around the world.

Some Questions and Answers from FamilySearch regarding the announcement:

How does the family history community benefit?
An important goal for FamilySearch is to make it easier for people everywhere to discover and share their family history. This joint agreement will put valuable record collections within reach of millions of people who might not otherwise have access.

Who will have access to records that are indexed by FamilySearch volunteers?
Records that are indexed by FamilySearch volunteers will continue to be available at no cost to visitors of  In addition to this, many of these records will also become available through partner sites such as

Will people have to pay to see records indexed by FamilySearch volunteers?
No. Such indexed records will continue to be available for free at as they always have. If a person is paying for a subscription to a service such as at, they may have access to these records from within Ancestry products, but this is not required.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Legacy Webinar: September 11

You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools

Here's the summary from the Legacy website for Wednesday's webinar, given by Thomas MacEntee.

"Have you ever wondered if you’re missing out on how some genealogists are using tools such as Evernote, Microsoft Word or Excel, Google and more? Learn what’s hot in the world of apps and websites and how you can start using them! We’ll review a group of familiar apps and websites that are being used in creative ways by the genealogy community. You’ll also learn how to think “outside the margins” and start repurposing other apps and sites for your genealogy research."

As usual, visit for more information and to register.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Research in Cornwall

The June/July issue of Internet Genealogy has a very interesting article about a website that would interest anyone with ancestors who trace back to Cornwall. The information on the site is free and many of the parishes in Cornwall have volunteers who will research those records not online.

Visit Cornwall Online Parish Clerks at to learn more about the excellent resources available online or to contact one of the volunteers.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Legacy Webinar: Analyze Your Records

Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer!

Linda Geiger will present this week's webinar on Wednesday, September 4. This topic is suggested for intermediate and/or advanced researchers.

Here's the description: "You’ve found the document, now put it through the wringer. Consider: genealogical standards, provenance, jurisdiction, possible biases, etc."

Visit for more information and/or to register.