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

FamilySearch Certified!

FamilySearch Certified!         We have great news! We have officially received our Certification for our integration with FamilySearch! This certification now makes us an official partner of FamilySearch. The certification process ensures we are handling data correctly. For example, they make sure that we store and pass credentials securely between The Family Nexus

Call for Beta Testers!

Mobile App Official Beta Release! After a long wait, I am VERY excited to announce that The Family Nexus mobile app is officially in beta testing mode! This means that we are ready for other users to begin using the app and providing their feedback. To make the best app possible we need as many

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

Locating Burial Sites of Your Ancestors

Headstones and Burial Sites Locating burial sites of your ancestors can be very rewarding. Many people feel a personal connection when standing in front of an ancestor’s headstone. Headstones can reveal information about your ancestor. The headstone itself, or its proximity to other headstones, can also contain clues to other family relationships. In the past,

Mapping Ancestral Residences

Family History Discoveries: Mapping Ancestral Residences

Columbus Day Today we celebrate Columbus Day. We honor this explorer who had a dream and set out to find a faster, shorter route to India. We honor him as the Discoverer of this “New World” for Europeans. Never mind that the Welsh claim that Maddoc was here almost 300 years earlier. Never mind that the

Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place

Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place

The following article was written by Guest Blogger, Diana Elder, from the wonderful blog, Family Locket. It was originally published on March 9, 2016. I asked Diana for permission to republish it here. This article provides some great advice for researching ancestral locations. Pinpointing the places where your ancestors lived can help enrich your understanding

Virtually Walk Where Your Ancestors Walked

(Virtually) Walk Where Your Ancestors Walked

My fourth great grandparents, Isaac Chilton and Ann Watkins, were from Wales and emigrated to the United States in 1860. Someday I hope to visit and walk the green landscape of Wales and learn about the rich cultural history of this land. In the meantime – thanks to Google Maps – I can take a

Cluster Genealogy and Mapping Tools

“No man is an island” – John Donne Too often we get hyper-focused on one individual in our efforts to discover our genealogy. This happens especially when the primary goal is to extend the branches of your family tree back along direct line ancestors – “I just want to know who the parents of my