Saturday, February 13, 2016

Shopping Saturday -- Research @SUTRO LIBRARY or N.A.R.A.

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward




AGAIN, An Opportunity for Family Research and fairly local


 Wednesday, March 30  - $35/members AND $45/non-members


GAS's (Genealogical Association of Sacramento) Annual Trip to Sutro Library 

................but this year there is a little twist or a big ripple 

  

THE TWIST/RIPPLE this year is that you will have a choice of where you want to do your research for the day....... -do your research at  NARA (The National Archives at San Francisco) OR Sutro Branch of the California State Library?  What an amazing opportunity!! 

Time to sign up for the bus trip is now.......  the urgency is if the bus is not full the trip will be cancelled. This is such a great opportunity ......  someone else doing the driving and parking, You have the excitement of doing your own research and sharing that find with others that DO understand what you are feeling............ 

SIGN UP NOW..........  
Contact Melanie Howard  of GAS (Genealogical Association of Sacramento) for details and to sign up for the trip    melnesia@comcast.net or 916-383-1221  

Send your check made out to *Genealogical Assoc of Sac or (GAS) to 
*Melanie Howard, 7345 Pritchard Rd, Sacramento CA 95828
*Be sure to include your phone number and  pick up spot  


Did you know that Sutro Library moved several years back? The Sutro Library, the San Francisco branch of the California State Library, is located on the 5th floor of the J. Paul Leonard-Sutro Library on the San Francisco State University Campus.
  • Some of the genealogy holdings: California federal census population schedules for 1850-1930.  --1852 state census, including indexes prepared by the Daughters of the American Revolution. -- Great registers of voters, arranged by county, for 1866-1898 and 1900-1944. -- A statewide index to the 1890 great register helps to fill the gap created by the loss of the 1890 census. --City and county directories from as early as 1850. -- Telephone directories starting in 1899. --Historical newspapers from around the state  --Publications of county genealogical and historical societies. -- Compilations by California chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. -- Specialized indexes and files created by the California State Library. --A California death index covering July 1, 1905-1995 and a California marriage index covering 1949-1986.  -- The California State Library DOES NOT have birth, death, or marriage certificate
The holdings of the National Archives at San Francisco include over 70,000 cubic feet of original records dating from the 1850s to the 1980s, with a limited number of records as recent as the early 2000s.  The National Archives at San Francisco, located in our San Bruno facility, has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, including: --Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930 --Indexes for the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses (indexes are not available for all census years and all states) --Censuses listing residents of American Samoa and Native Americans in California and Nevada --Records documenting the removal of Cherokees and other tribes included in Oklahoma Removal, ca. 1900  --Passenger arrival records for the port of San Francisco  --Indexes to naturalization records from Federal courts in Honolulu, Reno (NV) and San Francisco  --Maritime records for San Francisco and other ports  --Revolutionary war military service records --Early pension and bounty land warrant applications Galveston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco; -- naturalization records. AND MORE

Do you know what each offers? Find Out! Check each of them out and see.....  but don't miss out on this opportunity to do some family research with others of like mind.

Click on the links above and see what each facility has to offer for your research.........keep in mind that all their resources are not just California.............  


Details of the day.......... 
--leave at 7AM and arrive home Approx. 7:30 PM
--pick up points are: Massie Circle (South Sacramento), Arden Fair Area,          No pick up at West Sacramento this year, Mace Blvd Park & Ride in Davis, and Vacaville at Alamo Plaza
--cost -$45.00 for non members and $35.00 members of GAS
--serving Starbucks coffee, donuts, fruit and water on board
--Raffle prizes and lots of fun.

SIGN UP NOW..........  
Contact Melanie Howard  of GAS (Genealogical Association of Sacramento) for details and to sign up for the trip    melnesia@comcast.net or 916-383-1221  

Send your check made out to *Genealogical Assoc of Sac or (GAS) to 
*Melanie Howard, 7345 Pritchard Rd, Sacramento CA 95828
*Be sure to include your phone number and  pick up spot   




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Friday, February 12, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: WHO is in Our Preserves? a stranger or a friend you have not met yet......

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



 
It is such a small world....  while attending SLIG in January, during the week long session "US Records", while participating in the research group for the class was Mary Kircher Roddy ... she was one of four in our project group for the class.

Her name was familiar but couldn't place it ((I am sure you have been there before yourself) ... we became friends through out the week and exchanged ideas and shared experiences and did a couple of happy dances together in the library. Oh those happy dances!! Mary live in the Seattle, Washington area so that would not be the connection.

As soon as I mentioned Root Cellar SGS, she knew the connection..........

 "October 2015 Root Cellar PRESERVES Volume 37 No. 3 'Read ‘em or Weep – Finding Your Family in Historic Newspapers By Mary Kircher Roddy" and there was the connection......  a written article in our own RC Preserves..... if you as a member have not read it or don't remember it, or need to refresh, I would suggest going back and read it. Very informative about finding newspaper articles. There are lots of good resources to help... (sorry you need to be a member to see this article)  Thank you so much Mary........

Since SLIG Mary created a new blog "Searching Stories" . She says it is a lot of fun to research and write the posts. AND oh boy, I can second that!!

Mary has a good background in genealogy. While in Salt Lake City I found her to be a very good researcher. I have since found her name on several other events including a Legacy Webinar. Do you remember that one? With my membership with Legacy I may go back in re-watch this one again, since I am trying to find living descendants also known as COUSINS. AGAIN, thanks Mary.

.........and she will be teaching at Jamboree in Burbank in June 2016.........  topic looks very interesting to me.

SUNDAY- SU012 Read 'em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR 
Learn where to find free and pay newspaper sites online. Understand how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. Level: All. (Mary Kircher Roddy

About Mary

So this is just a little more about an author in our PRESERVES who began as a stranger at a conference I attended.... As I said at the beginning what a small world...  you never know who you will meet, who is the person sitting on your right? or on your left at the next conference you attend? Who is the person sitting next to you at the next class you attend? A very small world.......... so next time you take a class or attend a conference, take time to introduce yourself, you could be sitting next to a distant cousin.......



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tech Tuesday - Ending of RootsTech 2016

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



As the sun sets on RootsTech 2016, over 25,000 attendees made the whole long weekend worthwhile and wanting for more.............. many continued in the evenings to research their family lines at the Family History Library- lots of very happy dances going on from floor to floor to floor....... the best part of that was that everyone around them understood what that meant and could join in the dance. 

I was not able to attend RootsTech this year but I will be there in 2017....  I did watch most of the live streaming sessions that were offered...  DID YOU?  ........included:  Best Websites & Apps for Local History; Virtual Family Reunions; Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch; Ancestor Searches in Britain; Photography & Photos; Master Searches in Ancestry; Google Searching..........  Got something out of each session. Glad I took the time to watch........


RootsTech held in Salt Lake City was a big success. Many more thousands attended this year than last year. 25,000 people registered from all 50 states and 39 countries........ 7,000 attendees were under the age of 18. It was estimated that 150,000 people viewed the live streaming sessions offered; over 100 bloggers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and all over the United States.  It was hosted by FamilySearch, official sponsors included: Ancestry.com, findmypast, MyHeritage, PeopleFinders, Family Storytelling, BYUtv, Backblaze, Dell, Mocavo, Pictureline, Lexmark, RootsPoint, FGS, NGS, APG, NEHGS; over 200 exhibitors and vendors with booths and displays in the Expo Hall; over 50 competitors for the Innovator Showdown.......  this is a very diversified conference with something for everyone, every age group. 


Mark your calendar for the 2017 RootsTech in Salt Lake City    .....     February 8-11, 2017


Now for a little review of RootsTech 2016 in pictures............





Family History Library/Salt Lake City - the place to be







GeneaBlogger ultimate site for your genealogy blog - an online community created by Thomas MacEntee
Do you remember he was our Seminar Speaker ? 



Party Time.....  Pat Richy (Dear Myrtle) and Thomas MacEntee


Bloggers Unite!!

Mark Your Calendars, Save these dates and Be sure to attend next year............


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Mobile Monday - PERISCOPE

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



NO NO not 'Up Periscope' but just 'PERISCOPE'

It is a new app (new to me) that Lisa Louise Cooke introduced me to on her blog. Lisa is the creator of Genealogy Gems. A blog worth following and a website worth visiting and joining.

Anyway in a recent post she said she was going to do some live streaming sessions from her booth on the exhibit floor at RootsTech. She would be using an app called Periscope. It could be downloaded free from the App store and/or Google Play........  so I did. I signed in and searched for Lisa and clicked on follow. When the time came I opened my app and it showed the sessions available which was, 'Google Power Strategies" I clicked on it and was able to watch the entire session on my iphone. She went through so much good new information that I needed to watch it again....... so if you are interested you can still go and download it and register and watch it now. But there may be a time limit on it, not sure of that.

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Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features for watchers:
REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later.   
HEARTS: Hearts are a fun, easy way to let the broadcaster know you're enjoying the broadcast. Tap the screen to share the love!
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..........she also told us about another web browser DOLPHIN that she really likes and also works well with Evernote. Lisa went through a lot of the great benefits. Really something I am going to try it out. I have downloaded it on my iphone. Some other apps she talked about: AppsGoneFree (shows you apps that are free for a period of time- check it each day); Retype: What's App (something to do with telephone calls); ScannerPro.........  some free - some paid. (if you watch this session from RootsTech you will learn about them)

AND she is just releasing her new book: MOBILE GENEALOGY. Lisa is always very detailed & complete so I am sure this book is right up to date with a lot of great stuff..........
 

Thank You Lisa






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Friday, February 5, 2016

Surname Saturday - FREE US Marriages Collection @ Findmypast through Feb 15

Editor's note: Today's post was written by  Sandra Gardner-Benward



BIG ANNOUNCEMENT DIRECT TO YOU FROM "FINDMYPAST" ...................
   now is the time to take advantage of this great FREE offer and see what you can find for your family records.





In 2016/17, Findmypast will be releasing the largest online collection of US marriage records, spanning centuries of American history and over 100 million "I do's". As part of this project, Findmypast has launched the first 33 million records of this collection and is offering them to the public for FREE from now until 15 February.

The complete collection (when finished)  is described as ... .... US marriages collection spans 350 years of American history - 1650-2010 - and comprises over 100 million records, 450+ million names from 2,800 of the 3,000 counties in the United States. Within the records you can discover the Bride & Groom’s ages, occupations, place of residence and even find out about the parents and witnesses at the wedding to help expand your family tree further.




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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Follow Friday - JAMBOREE 2016

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward




Southern California Genealogical Society
presents the 

June 2-5 2016 
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel
Burbank California


                Genetic Genealogy 2016  
Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016                              Thursday
                          June 2, 2016
                                  OR  
there are other workshops, and labs being offered instead of the Genetic Conference- always something to do.

AND

Southern California Genealogy JamboreeGiving to the Future by Preserving the Past
              Friday - Sunday
               June 3-5, 2016



Yes it that time again to start thinking about what you will be doing during the 2016 year........  lots of different genealogy conferences coming up.............  The Jamboree in Burbank is a long weekend of social events, classes, hands-on, demo's, lab sessions, Exhibit hall and so much more........and it is local for us. Yes local - less than a  day drive or less than an hour flight. 

If you are interested in attending, you need to at least make your hotel reservations. The Marriott fills up quickly. Then you need to go the website and see what is being offered and register. Then decide how you are going to get there - drive or fly. Maybe there are others that will be attending you can tag along with them, and/or room with others.  

See you there............  I have registered, I have my hotel room at the Marriott's and I have my room mate. ........  we will be driving down. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the JAMBOREE........

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday - Hear ye! Hear Ye! Earth Shattering Announcement from Ancestry.com

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



Major MAJOR Announcements today from Ancestry.com

Read the whole story on  Ancestry Blog



These are the two items I think you will be interested in reading about.........

FamilyTree Maker Software has been acquired  by Software MacKiev.  They have been the developer of the Mac version for six years and now will support both the Mac and PC versions.  

"This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiec as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward" 
See more  

[Wow!  does this mean that FTM users will be able to continue with their FamilyTreeMaker software including syncing? YES, I think so. ....... awesome!!!]


.........and second item of interest is............ 

......Ancestry has made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. They will also have access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry. 

[Does this mean that RootsMagic will have the same benefits as FTM which will include syncing?  Yes, I think so.  Outstanding!!]


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Mobile Monday- FREE Live Streaming from RootsTech

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



Streaming Schedule


Not able to attend in person? Several sessions at RootsTech, including the general keynote sessions on Thursday and Saturday, will be streamed live on the home page of RootsTech.org. After the conference, recordings of these sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time.



Free Live-Streaming sessions will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Feb 4-6, 2016...........  



IF you can not be there in person, watch a little of it in the warmth and safety of your own home or gather with friends and watch it together. 

Streaming Help

Look at the schedule and jot down what you would like to watch and when.... 15 minutes or so before the time, log on to RootsTech.org .....  it will  be available on their homepage. 

The stream will automatically refresh at the beginning of each session. If it does not, you will need to refresh the page manually by clicking the Refresh button on your browser.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Society Saturday - February HAPPENINGS @ Root Cellar SGS

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward




Look what's scheduled for February for Root Cellar SGS Members   ..........and guests. YES! Guests are very welcome. 

Mark your calendars NOW and never miss out.




Thursday 4 February
Board Meeting - 10am- noon
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights





Thursday 4 February 
LEGACY Family Tree Software SIG
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento  
with Marian Kile




Friday 5 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week





Wednesday 10 
RootsMagic SIG  1-3pm
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
with Lynne Brown
If you are using Roots Magic Family Software, this is the place for you to be. Ask your questions, share





newThursday 11 February
Legacy /Flip Pal Support Group ... 10am-1pm 
Sylvan Community Center
7521  Community Dr, Citrus Heights
Supported by Root Cellar SGS. Purpose: To provide an informal setting and work location for Root Cellar Members to gather and share knowledge and expertise relate to the use of the Legacy Family Genealogy Software and the Flip Pal mobile scanner. Time is divided up into a classroom segment, and then hands on, and data entry. Q&A and learning from each other. 

Scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays





Thursday 11 February
GENERAL MEETING........  7pm
Christ Community Church
5025 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael
Social time from 6:15pm to 7pm

SHOW & TELL.......... or SHOW & SHOW .........  members bring an artifact, family story, family jewel of some type and share it with the group. It is amazing what we see and hear about each year......  year after year. Come and join in. 





Friday 12 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week



FRIDAY 12 February - Lincoln's Birthday


SUNDAY 14 February - Valentine's Day


MONDAY 15 February - Washington's Birthday (Observed Holiday)



Wednesday 17 February
Day Time Workshop 1-3pm
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
This is an unstructured meeting .....  allowing for members and guests to discuss their finds, their brickwalls, and ask questions, share ideas.





Thursday 18 February
FamilyTreeMaker SIG- Special Interest Group
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive
Citrus Heights
Anyone using FamilyTree Maker? This is the place for you. This is a newly formed group with a lot of interest, a lot of activity........ they are also discussing the use of Ancestry.com with this software.




Friday 19 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week





Wednesday 24 February
Reunion for MAC SIG 10:30am
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
Are you a MAC user looking for a family tree software to use? This is the place for you to be.





newThursday 25 February
Legacy /Flip Pal Support Group ... 10am-1pm 
Sylvan Community Center
7521  Community Dr, Citrus Heights
Supported by Root Cellar SGS. Purpose: To provide an informal setting and work location for Root Cellar Members to gather and share knowledge and expertise relate to the use of the Legacy Family Genealogy Software and the Flip Pal mobile scanner. Time is divided up into a classroom segment, and then hands on, and data entry. Q&A and learning from each other. 
Scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays






Friday 26 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week.





Thursday 3 March
Board Meeting - 10am- noon
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights

Members are welcome. 


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Tuesday's Tip - Spring Seminar2016 with Cyndi Ingle

Editor's note: Today's post was written by  Sandra Gardner-Benward




April 2, 2016
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, California
Speaker: Cyndi Ingle


TOPICS: 
A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0
Building a Digital Research Plan
The Internet: Lower Your Expectations to Raise Your Research Potential
Unappreciated Treasures: Libraries, Archives & Digital Collections 



I was lucky enough to attend SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) earlier this month (January) in Salt Lake City - classes and the LIBRARY all in one place ….  Wow!! Who could ask for more! ….hang on, there is more.

On Saturday I had dinner with Cyndi Ingle, Paula Stuart-Warren (I know I know name dropping again) and 40 or more other genealogists at Benihana in Salt Lake City. What a treat, it was my first time at Benihana’s and a more intimate evening with Cyndi, Paula and others.  Great way of starting off a conference………….
I saw Cyndi here and there over the next few days. But one day at the library I decided to stop and talk with her and ask for a short interview. I thought that those of you attending or thinking about attending Root Cellar’s Spring Seminar April 2, 2016 which will feature Cyndi Ingle would like to hear a little bit about her. You might like to know that she is a very nice person, very approachable and has a great sense of humor. She is well liked and is well respected within the genealogical community. She lives on the west coast in Washington State.


So the interview begins………………  a big thank you to Cyndi for making time for me.

Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List www.cyndislist.com
 
It all began for Cyndi in her senior year of high school in 1980. She got together with her Aunt and went through all types of documents and papers, and putting together family groups sheets. She was hooked (and you know what I mean - hooked line and sinker) and fast forward to today with her as an accomplished well known speaker, author, blogger, webmaster and of course a family researcher. She is also working on completion to become a certified genealogist.  What a great goal!! -having the confidence, experience to help other people with their research.  It is one thing to listen to someone and make a couple of suggestions and quite another to know where to look and what to look for to actually make a difference in their research.  Good Luck Cyndi.

At her beginning of research, there were no genealogical libraries, societies in Washington state. She wanted to put her findings on the computer, but it was not like it is today with all kinds of resources and family history software programs to use. Cyndi is completely self taught………  with computer language/codes and family history.  Her first piece of software was FamilyTreeMaker in DOS in the late 1980’s. But no sourcing yet.  In  the early 1990’s she was on AOL – a complete community in itself, but she thought  there has got to be more to this than just this community – and of course there was,  it is called the INTERNET. I think we have heard of it but it has continued to improve and grow month by month, year by year, decade by decade………… She joined the Dacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society and they were very encouraging and supportive. She wrote an article with the beginnings of her links and the Internet.  Encouraged, she put up her article on the Internet and then contacted varies organizations(ie Roots Web)  that she was up and running. And that we will say is history………………..

If you have not experienced Cyndislist.com please go and see what it is all about.  AND if you want to know more, register for the Root Cellar’s Spring Seminar.

Keeping up her website is a full time job……….  It has grown to be a gigantic website with hundreds of subjects and hundreds of links under each subject. GINORMOUS!! Making sure that ALL is working as it should, making sure that all the hot links are HOT. AND searching for the newest resources and getting them up online. You know as well as I do that links go up quickly and are bad the next time you go there. This is so frustrating not to have that resource available. Cyndi is constantly reviewing links and checking her email. People will send her new resources, let her know that something is not working or other information. She is always checking, checking and checking again………… (so now you can help by letting her know when a link in not working....... thank you in advance)  

Cyndi does do her own research ‘in her spare time’. Some of her surnames are

NASH, MORGAN, WEAVER, FREDERICK, INGLE, KNOX, SMITH, JONES, THOMAS, KENNEY.
 
Her main locations of research are the Midwest to California, Indiana, Virginia, Dakota’s to Washington State…………  

Anyone see a surname that might match in your family tree?  You can certainly talk with her on Seminar day.
Hope that we see you at the Spring Seminar on April 2……….. 




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Friday, January 22, 2016

Society Saturday - Show N Tell

Editor's note: Today's post was written by  Sandra Gardner-Benward


REMINDER: February is Show n Tell...............

Show n Tell? I am new what the heck does that mean exactly? 

February is the month we have chosen to celebrate our families, our search for our ancestors, and the items that have been left in our care. What heirloom do you have that you would like to share OR what story would you like to share?  Participation is high....... and well attended too. 

Check out a little of last years Show n Tell


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Follow Friday - Time Again for ROOTSTECH2016

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

HEY, it's RootsTech time again...................


February 3-6, 2016 
Salt Lake City, Utah

Have you made your reservations for a hotel room? It;s a little late now, most of the downtown hotels are FULL but there is a bus system and TRAX (our version of light rail) so there are many more choices............. I believe that the early bird rate for the conference has passed also, but there are day rates if you only wanted to attend a day or two........... or full rate is still available.

RootsTech. What is it? It is a Technology version of a Genealogical  Conference. Learn the newest and greatest ways of doing genealogy and research involving technology. Learn how to do your research and how to get more organized with the use of technology. RootsTech, the largest family history event in the world, is the perfect place to discover, preserve, and share your family stories and connections across generations. With a line-up of world-class speakers, thrilling entertainment, over 200 engaging classes, and a huge expo hall, there's something for everyone, no matter the age or skill level........... IT IS A GREAT WAY TO KEEP UP WITH TECHNOLOGY and you choose what you want to use and not use.  See the daily schedule to see what you is offered. At the same time our classes are going on there is a complete other side going on- Innovator Summit for those that are on the developing end of technology.If that is you, this is the place for you too.

RootsTech 2015 by the Numbers

  • Over 23,000 registered attendees from 49 U.S. states and 39 countries
  • Estimated 150,000+ of live-streaming viewers on RootsTech.org
  • Over 100 bloggers from Australia, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States
  • Hosted by FamilySearch, official sponsors included: Ancestry.com, findmypast, MyHeritage, PeopleFinders, Family Storytelling, BYUtv, Backblaze, Dell, Mocavo, Pictureline, Lexmark, RootsPoint, FGS, NGS, APG, NEHGS
  • Over 200 exhibitors and vendors with booths and displays in the Expo Hall
  • Over 50 competitors for the Innovator Showdown
  • 93 percent of 2015 attendees said they would recommend attending RootsTech to a friend or colleague
  • 91 percent of attendees were very satisfied or satisfied with the value of the information given at RootsTech
  • 80 percent of 2015 attendees plan on attending RootsTech 2016

............and on top of attending a fabulous genealogical conference you have the advantage of researching at  the LIBRARY - Family History Library

CHECK IT OUT ......... you may like it. 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wordless (OR Wordy) Wednesday @ SLIG

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Where in the world is Sandi?

      Salt Lake City

WHY?  .....as if you need a reason to be in Salt Lake City with the Largest Library in the country maybe the world.

..... but since you asked I am attending a week long conference SLIG


SLIG??  Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy sponsored by Utah Genealogy Society


 If you are not familiar, it has been around for at least 20 years. There are a couple of participants that have actually attended all of them, Amazing! Several years back I heard about it about it and for whatever reason thought it was more for want to be professionals but it is not. It doesn't hurt that the LIBRARY is right up the street.


This conference is a week long conference: Monday thru Friday. You sign up for one topic for the entire week, It is a very  concentrated week, very [in depth study. I am enjoying myself........
I have been reunited with many friends and making new friends. I have chosen "US Records and Research" with Paula Stuart-Warren, Josh Taylor and Debbie Mieszala They each alternate talking about various subjects dealing with US Records - Planning, Vital Records, Church Records, US Passports, US Census, Clustering, Twentieth & Twenty-First Century Research and so much more.........  it is an amazing week!!

We have been kept busy but there is still plenty of time for your own research too. It does make for long days probably 13 hours awake and going, then maybe a couple more hours on your computer in your room or getting what you did today organized and ready for the next day. It sounds overwhelming and it can be so I am just setting my own pace and trying not to get too tired and remembering to eat. (ok ok it wouldn't hurt to miss a couple of meals but WHY)

Check out the Utah Genealogical Association for more of the details of the this week.......  see all the different subjects they offer. And you can see when the 2017 sessions will happen.


This is not my first time at the LIBRARY in SLC but it is my first SLIG conference. There are about 360 participants and over half of them are first timers. Apparently these are all records. We also have someone from Netherlands, China and India, now those are LONG trips.  Oh the conference is being held in the Hilton which is two blocks (L O  N  G BLOCKS)south of the LIBRARY. Luckily for me (and many others) SLIG has provided a bus to take people back and forth all the week.

Last night we had a plenary session with Rev Dr David McDonald who blogs "Thinking Genealogically" .........  I have to say it was a fun night, I laughed so much my face was hurting, just what we needed. Excellent first night. If you ever get a chance to listen to him, do it, you won't regret it. He is teaching US Early Church Records. The two DNA classes are huge, it is a hot topic right now.

I am getting ready for tomorrow and I am tired but fired up about being here. Thankful that I am financially but healthy enough to attend.





Getting organized for tomorrow, and putting information and new records I've  found into my Legacy program. Wifi is free and good so we are all doing a lot more from our rooms too. Y

Yes I have found 3 new marriages, a passenger list from Baltimore, and confirmed a maiden name,,,,,,,, ahhhhhhhhh, life is good!
But it is not all FUN there is playtime too................. oh my LIFE IS GOOD!!






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