Finding Elusive Ancestors in FamilySearch Records

My Great-Grandmother is AWOL! Have you ever had a time when you couldn’t find a family in a particular record set, like a census? You are positive the family is in a certain place but you just can’t find them on FamilySearch.org. That has happened to me before! It was so frustrating I felt like

Review of BillionGraves Tree

Introducing BillionGraves Tree BillionGraves made a splash on the genealogy scene 5 years ago with their goal to photograph, geotag, and index 1 billion headstones or more. I would argue that they are one of the relative newcomers that has staying power in the industry. (See my earlier review of their BillionGraves Plus features.) At

Cuckoo Clocks and Cicadas

Memories of my Grandparents’ House Until I was about 12 years old, my mother’s parents lived in Phoenix, Arizona. In fact they lived in a small house at 3612 E. Palm Lane where they lived for over three decades. It was probably less than 800 square feet, but I have big memories of the place.

Scan Old Photos with PhotoScan

Introducing Photoscan Not long ago I was introduced to a great little app called PhotoScan by Google. I have found it to be very useful, so I want to share it with my readers. PhotoScan was introduced in November 2016. The app is free and allows you to use your Apple or Android mobile device to capture

Mormon Trail Maps

Mormon Trail Maps One of my booth neighbors at RootsTech was the gregarious Frank Nielsen of Mormon Trail Maps. I admired his gorgeous maps on display. Because I love maps I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk to him. Frank is a very likable guy, and I enjoyed talking with him. I asked about

Slaves of John Patrick, Junior

Slaves of John Patrick, Jr. Today is the final day of Black History Month. I was so grateful that RootsTech took part in this by celebrating African Heritage Day as part of the conference. Although I was unable to attend live (I was working in my booth!) I have watched all the general sessions from

RootsFinder – a New Online Family Tree

RootsFinder.com One of the semi-finalists at the RootsTech Innovator Showdown this year was RootsFinder, a new online family tree site. As I was busy with my own booth I didn’t get to inquire about this new service at the time. So last week I signed up for a free account and started playing with it.

RootsTech 2017 Wrap-Up

RootsTech 2017 RootsTech 2017 is in the books and I can hardly wait for next year! 30,000 people attended the largest genealogical conference in the world in Salt Lake City, Utah between Feb. 8 and Feb. 11. Many who were unable to attend in person followed along using a variety of official and unofficial methods. For

The Mayflower Society

Lineage Societies There are a variety of heritage- or lineage-based “Society” organizations. In the U.S., for example, there are the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. After thinking about it for several years, I have just begun my application to become a member of the