Posted in Familysearch, Research tips

New Useful Tool on FamilySearch You Will Love


“Various Tools” photo by George Tsartsianidis on Getty Images

I just discovered a new tool on Family Search Family Tree that is soooo helpful.  I don’t know how long it has been on the site, but they are adding new things all the time so maybe it hasn’t been long, or I just haven’t noticed it.  But  it is something that allows you to take all the information that has been indexed from a record, copy it to your clipboard, and paste it in whatever word processor or genealogy program you want, all nicely formatted and with a complete source citation.

Wow, if I had had this years ago it would have saved me a ton of time!

Here is how to access this new tool:

1. Open a person’s page in the FamilySearch Family Tree. Click on FamilySearch on the right side of the page in the “Search Records” area.  This will tell FamilySearch to search for records which match this person in its vast database.

2.  When you see a record that looks like a match in the search results list, click on the document icon to bring up an abstract and possibly an image of the record. (If you see a camera icon you know there will be an image available.)

3.  When the record abstract comes up, click on the “Save” box.

4.  Under the “Save” drop down menu click on “Copy full record”.

5.  Open up a word processor or the notes area of your genealogy program and “Paste”. An abstract of the record, complete with source citation will appear in your document or program!

Keep in mind this only works with records found in the FamilySearch database, and not the other websites linked to the “Search Records” box, but you can experiment with copying and pasting directly from records on Ancestry, Find My Past, and MyHeritage.

Posted in Biographical, Familysearch

“Define Your Dash” with FamilySearch’s New #52Stories Project

"Define Your Dash" image from the FamilySearch blog
“Define Your Dash” image from the FamilySearch blog

I’m really excited about this! FamilySearch has just announced the #52StoriesProject, which is a fun and easy way to begin to write your personal history.

FamilySearch has 52 weeks’ worth of questions, each template with a different theme such as Goals and Achievement, Love and Friendship, and Events and Milestones.  Here’s a glimpse of one set of questions in the Home and Hearth category:  Continue reading ““Define Your Dash” with FamilySearch’s New #52Stories Project”

Posted in Familysearch, Research tips

*NEW* – Portrait trees on FamilySearch

I try to keep you posted on new things happening at FamilySearch Family Tree – at least the things I get excited about and think you will like, too.  Recently they added the option of viewing your tree as a “portrait” tree.  See how spiffy it looks?

FamilySearch Portrait Tree for Dayna Jacobs
FamilySearch Portrait Tree for Dayna Jacobs

I love it!  The photos make my tree come alive and is easy to navigate.  Click on the “up” arrows to see more generations.  Click on the “down” arrows to see descendants.

Click on up and down arrows to see additional generations of ancestors or descendants
Click on up and down arrows to see additional generations of ancestors or descendants

You can access information for any of the individuals by clicking on their box.  A box will appear that allows you to see at a glance how many sources, memories (stories and photos), or discussions they have, as well as birth and death data, their I.D. numbers, and an option to “watch” the individual if you would like to be notified when changes are made to that individual’s record.  LDS members will also see a “temple” area.

Click on any of these links, or click on “person” to see more details, or click on “tree” to center this person on a tree view.

Click to see a summary box pop up.
Click to see a summary box pop up.

If you want to change the picture that shows up in the circle by the name, click on it and you will be given the option to use other photos you have previously uploaded.

If you have not created or discovered your tree on FamilySearch ( I encourage you to give it a try.  It’s entirely free and will remain that way.  It is functions hand-in-hand with the millions of digitized records on the site and is bound to help you find records you had not known about previously.

When viewing a person’s detail page, just click on the “Research Help” link and then “Show All” and it will pull up all kinds of digitized records that you can then attach to the individual.

I never know what new thing I’ll discover on FamilySearch Family Tree, but I will be sure to keep you posted so you can have fun, too.

Posted in Conferences and workshops, Familysearch, Instructional Courses online

Roots Tech for the Homebody – a New Olympic Sport!


On February 6th, 2014 thousands of people from all over the world will come together again for a worldwide event of epic proportions.  For some, it will be the pinnacle of a lifetime pursuit – an exhilarating fulfillment of a lifelong dream; for others, sadly, it will be the tearful agony of defeat; for everyone it will be a time of bonding with strangers, podiums, and pin-trading.  It’s too bad none of them will have time for the Olympics, because they are gonna be at ROOTS TECH, baby! (But that’s what DVR is for, so no worries.)

Yes, it’s time for Roots Tech again –  the largest genealogy conference in North America!


So, you are saying to yourself, “I get the part about the pinnacle of a lifetime pursuit, but what’s the deal with the tearful agony of defeat?”  Well, I have been to Roots Tech, and when the class you really, really want to attend is full and you can’t get anywhere near the door you, too, might slump to the ground in a tearful heap.  But personal trauma aside, let me help you get the most from Roots Tech even if you will be home watching the Olympics.

Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch Ice Skater, Netherlands, 1964 Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch Ice Skater, Netherlands, 1964 Olympic Gold Medal Winner

First, you can download the syllabus for free!   If you take a look at the list of classes in the Session Viewer, you can identify which files in the syllabus you want to open.  Make a note of the RT# in the session viewer – it will correspond to the RT# in the syllabus. The download is available for a limited time (I don’t know what that means exactly), so hurry.

And speaking of hurrying…


Second, you can stream some of the classes online for free! Check out the schedule and prop yourself up in front of a computer Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan to multi-task, watching classes on a sofa with my laptop while viewing the Olympics. Doesn’t get much better than that!

In the meantime, you can watch videos of some of last year’s classes.  I think these videos might go away when 2014 videos become available, so it would be best to watch them before February 6th.

I have a good feeling about next week, how about you?


Posted in Digitizing your files, Familysearch, Research tips

How I digitized my research and gave it all to you

Last week I reached a milestone.  For the past year I have been scanning 27 years worth of research, which amounted to 4 gigantic/stuffed drawers in a file cabinet.  Last week I scanned my last file folder. *happy dance*  In this post I’d like to share my reasons, method and tools. I also have a class handout posted you are welcome to print out. Continue reading “How I digitized my research and gave it all to you”