Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rexburg Family History Conference

Rexburg Family 
History Conference
An amazing opportunity to learn key information from experienced genealogists

Brigham Young University-Idaho is sponsoring the Rexburg Family History Conference on Saturday, April 21. Sign up now and join us for instruction on a variety of Family History topics to further your research. This opportunity is available for those who are beginners and experienced genealogists. There is an assortment of classes available from the new 1940 Census to the familysearch sites, genealogy software, organizing, research, and sourcing.

We have the privilege of hearing from Jim Greene who is the Marketing Manager for FamilySearch. There will also be data analysts from new.FamilySearch and Salt Lake City to answer any of your questions. You may sign up for the “Ask an Admin” class to receive a 20 minute consultation to help you solve all your problems.

There will also be 10 vendors available to ask questions and some will be selling their genealogy software. Ancestral Quest, FamilySearch, Family ChartMaster, Idaho Genealogical Society, Legacy Family Tree, LifeStory Productions, Research Ties, RootsMagic, and SharingTime. One of the vendors will be from BYU-Idaho who will be available to help you digitize your family history books for free.

Visit the Family History Conference website to view brochures and schedules to help you plan your conference experience. Sign up by clicking on the Rexburg link at the bottom of the page. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 How the FHC Library Guide can help you visit your ancestors home

The Family History Center Library Guide is a great resource to help research your ancestors. There is a "Maps and Geographical Information" section to learn about the area where your ancestors lived. My ancestor died in Placerville, CA and his wife was born in Placerville, CA in the 1880s. By using the maps available through the Library Guide I was able to see Placerville, CA in the 1880s and gain a connection with these ancestors. 

When in the "Maps and Geographical Information" section of the Library Guide I went to "A to Z Maps Online" and searched for Placerville, CA.

By clicking the "Historic U.S. City Maps of California" it provides a list of many maps for different years in Placerville, CA. I could then click on the map that was most applicable to my ancestors. 

These maps are very valuable because you can view pictures of homes, businesses, churches, and properties. You may find the home of your ancestor or the church where they were baptized or married. These maps are great because you can connect with your ancestors by viewing what their hometown looked like back in their days. You can find a lot of priceless information through these resources available on the Family History Center Library Guide. Click on the link below to find maps of your ancestor's hometown.