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"Renee's Genealogy Blog" - 5 new articles

  1. The RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase Needs Your Nominations!
  2. Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for October 2017
  3. New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of September 25, 2017
  4. RootsTech 2018 Early Bird Pricing Ends Oct 13, 2017
  5. FamilySearch's New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find
  6. More Recent Articles

The RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase Needs Your Nominations!

The RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase Needs Your Nominations!

Help us identify the latest and greatest innovations impacting the genealogy industry as a whole by nominating your favorite products or technology! Then, watch the all-new Innovation Showcase on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to see winners from around the world demonstrate their products on stage.
Which products or services deserve to make it on the “Best Family History Innovations—RootsTech 2018” list? Cast your nomination on our website, or tweet using #RootsTechInnovation. Hurry! Nominations will only be accepted through October 15, 2017.
Nominate Today

Early bird pricing for RootsTech 2018 ends October 13
There’s still time to register for the world’s largest family history conference at a discounted rate! Purchase your RootsTech 4-day pass for ONLY $169! Regularly priced at $279, that’s over $100 in savings.
 

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for October 2017

The following is from the Family History Library & FamilySearch.

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for October 2017

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for October 2017. Participants can attend in person or online. The October schedule includes how-to classes for Canada,UK, US and Venzuela research, using the FamilySearch Family Tree, learning the new web-based indexing tool, and other useful tips and instruction. Some classes are available in Spanish. See the full schedule below. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget.
Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). 
If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.
DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | ROOM
Monday Oct. 2,10:00 a.m.
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 3,10:00 a.m.
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records Collection (Beginner)
Wednesday Oct. 4, 10:00 a.m.
Italian Language Indexing (1½ hours) (Intermediate)
Thursday Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m.
Using England Probate Records (Intermediate)
Monday Oct. 9,10:00 a.m.
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 10, 10:00 a.m.
FamilyTree: Correcting Relationships (Intermediate)
Tuesday October 10,11:00 a.m.
Figuring Out Place Names for Swedish Genealogy (Intermediate)
Tuesday October 10,1:00 p.m.
Criminals, Lunatics, and Witches, Oh My! Finding the Less Than Pleasant in Family History (Beginner)
Tuesday October 10,2:00 p.m.
Starting FamilyTree: Open Questions and Answers (Beginner)
Wednesday Oct. 11, 3:00 p.m.
Web Indexing Training for Temple and Family History Consultants—Brazil: (1½ hours) (Intermediate)
Thursday Oct. 12, 1:00 p.m.
Finding Jewish Ancestors in England (Beginner)
Thursday Oct. 12, 4:00 p.m.
Web Indexing Training for Temple and Family History Consultants—South America: (1½ hours) (Intermediate)
Monday Oct. 16, 9:00 a.m.
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Monday Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m.
Canada Research: Canada Census Records (Beginner)
Monday Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m.
Are You Your Own Brick Wall? Common Genealogical Mistakes and Their Solutions (Intermediate)
Monday Oct. 16, 1:15 p.m.
United States Vital Records (Beginner)
Monday Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m.
United States Naturalization Records (Intermediate)
Tuesday Oct. 17, 9:00 a.m.
FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 17, 10:15 a.m.
Canada Research: Canada Vital Records (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Descendancy Research (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 17, 1:15 p.m.
United States Land Records (Intermediate)
Tuesday Oct. 17, 2:30 p.m.
United States Probate Records (Intermediate)
Wednesday Oct. 18, 9:00 a.m.
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records Collection (Beginner)
Wednesday Oct. 18, 10:15 a.m.
Canada Research: Quebec Research (Beginner)
Wednesday Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m.
A United States Case Study (Intermediate)
Wednesday Oct. 18, 1:15 p.m.
Census Techniques and Strategies (Beginner)
Wednesday Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m.
Great Internet Sites for United States Research (Beginner)
Thursday Oct. 19, 9:00 a.m.
FamilySearch Memories (Beginner)
Thursday Oct. 19, 10:15 a.m.
Canada Research: Ontario Research (Beginner)
Thursday Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m.
The Research Process (Beginner)
Thursday Oct. 19, 1:15 p.m.
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)
Thursday Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m.
Using LDS Church Records (Beginner)
Friday Oct. 20,9:00 a.m.
Freedman Bureau Records (Intermediate)
Friday Oct. 20,10:15 a.m.
Immigration and Canadian Border Crossings (Intermediate)
Friday Oct. 20,11:30 a.m.
Ask Your United States and Canada Research Question (Beginner)
Friday Oct. 20,1:15 p.m.
Canada Research: Canada Military (Intermediate)
Friday Oct. 20,2:30 p.m.
Over There! World War I Records over Here (Intermediate)
Saturday Oct. 21, 1:00 p.m.
Recursos Genealógicos de Venezuela (Beginner)
Webinar | VIP Room
Monday Oct. 23, 10:00 a.m.
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 24, 10:00 a.m.
What’s New at FamilySearch (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 24, 11:00 a.m.
Danish Tax Records (Advanced)
Tuesday Oct. 24, 1:00 p.m.
Exploring Probate Records in Norway (Intermediate)
Wednesday Oct. 25, 10:00 a.m.
Spanish Language Indexing (1½ hours) (Intermediate)
Wednesday Oct. 25, 11:00 a.m.
Online Resources for Finnish Research (Intermediate)
Wednesday Oct. 25, 1:00 p.m.
Tracing Ancestry in Ireland’s Land and Other Records (Intermediate)
Thursday Oct. 26, 1:00 p.m.
Your British and Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner)
Monday Oct. 30, 10:00 a.m.
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday Oct. 31, 1:00 p.m.
Deciphering Portuguese Script (Beginner)

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of September 25, 2017

The following is from FamilySearch.

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of September 25, 2017

Summary
Good news to those with South Africa roots--over 1 million free images of historic records were published this weekMany more were published from AustraliaAustriaEnglandFind A GraveFranceIrelandItalyParaguay, and Peru! Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.
Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
95,249
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
18,145
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
241,846
1,600
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
926,569
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
9,738
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
337,523
Added images to an existing collection
66,115
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
128
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
314,208
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
163,145
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
27,727
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
155,877
1,167,010
New indexed records and images collection
Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.
About FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    

RootsTech 2018 Early Bird Pricing Ends Oct 13, 2017

Register for RootsTech 2018 Today!

Registration for RootsTech 2018 is now open! Take advantage of exclusive early bird pricing and purchase a full conference pass for only $169. Regularly priced at $279, that’s over $100 in savings!
REGISTER TODAY

Don't wait—prices increase to $199 on October 13.

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FamilySearch's New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find

The following is from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch's New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find


Why Indexing Matters
infographic

FamilySearch International, a leader in historical records preservation, has launched its new web-based indexing tool. Indexing is a technology used to make the world’s historical records freely searchable online for family history research. The new program makes it easier for online volunteers to participate using web-enabled computers, laptops, or tablets, and enables FamilySearch to expedite its online publishing of completed indexes.
New features enable volunteers to work on tablets, modify the layout of their dashboard based on personal preferences, set and track individual goals, and create groups with friends or others interested in working on a common project.
Global nonprofit FamilySearch digitally preserves billions of historical records online to help individuals with their family history research. It has published billions of images of historic records from all over the world online. Researchers can find the record images in FamilySearch's Catalog or Historic Records Collections online. But searching through billions of images online in search of one's elusive ancestors is not fun for the average person. They want to type in an ancestor's name and known context, press Enter, and voilà, see highly matched results from their search query.
"That requires an index," said Jim Ericson, marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. "Until the records are indexed online, they can only be discovered by browsing through often enormous collections of digital images. With a digital index, researchers can locate records in seconds by using a person's name and other helpful information as search terms. A searchable index saves researchers time and effort by returning search results from the entire collection in a matter of seconds."
Ericson says the new web-based indexing platform will enable more volunteers to participate worldwide and increase the rate at which FamilySearch can make indexed records accessible online. "It is a straight-forward experience that no longer requires people to download software," said Ericson.
Using the new tool enables volunteer indexers to help make it possible for millions of people to have personal family history discoveries quickly with just a few keystrokes. Indexing also fuels hints, a new feature on FamilySearch.org that makes finding records even easier by mapping indexed records against a person’s family tree and sharing high probability ancestral matches with them.
The web-based indexing program also has new built-in helps, plus a lab section that allows you to test upcoming product features and enhancements for the new program.
For first-time volunteers, simple training provides step-by-step instructions. To participate, go to FamilySearch.org/indexing, and click the link to web indexing.
RELATED
Check out or plan to participate in the Worldwide Indexing EventOctober 20-22, 2017.
About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    

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