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

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

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

Setting the Preferred Portrait in FamilySearch

Photos in FamilySearch. A picture is worth a thousand words. And this is definitely true when trying to feel connected to your ancestors! Adding photos to FamilySearch is a wonderful way to enrich your family history, make new discoveries, and interest younger members of your family.  4.7 million photographs were added to FamilySearch in 2016

Missing Branches in FamilySearch Family Tree

FamilySearch for Beginners. FamilySearch.org has the largest collection of genealogical data in the world. It is also home to the FamilySearch Family Tree. The Family Tree is a wiki-style tree where you can add and edit your own family history information. By adding your information you become connected to the human family. According to the

AncestryDNA: A Genetic Genealogy Journey

AncestryDNA I have decided to take the next step in my genealogy journey. I took advantage of a spectacular Black Friday offer from Ancestry for 30% off their DNA test. Nearly 2 weeks ago, on November 30th, I received my kit in the mail! I spit in to the tube and returned the kit the

Bite-size Genealogy: 7 Suggestions

Bite-size Genealogy Many people I talk to are interested in their family history, but they feel like they don’t have the time to do it. This article is dedicated to all my readers that also fall in to this category. Actually, my readers should probably share this article with their friends and family that share

Research Tips: Jurisdiction Boundary Changes

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button? “Button, button” is an old children’s game in which players arrange themselves in a tight circle and attempt to pass a button or other small object surreptitiously behind their backs from one person to another. The person in the middle tries to detect the passing in order to guess