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Mt. Timpanogos Temple, photo by Rick Satterfield, used with permission

Friday, June 19, 2015

FEEFHS (Foundation for Eastern European Family History Studies)

We are pleased to have Diane Afoumado return this year as our opening plenary keynote speaker.
Diane Afoumado, Ph.D., Chief, International Tracing Service (ITS) Research Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will share information with us about the records of the ITS (International Tracing Service) and how they can help us in our research.
Although connected with the Holocaust Memorial Museum, these records may be of interest to anyone who may have relatives who were persecuted by the Nazi’s or displaced during WWII, Jewish or non-Jewish.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. is the United States’ repository for the International Tracing Service (ITS) collection. According to Afoumado, the “ITS collection contains diverse information about the persecution and murder of Jews and non-Jews—Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and persons with disabilities—under Nazi rule.”
For more information about Diane and the FEEFHS Conference, go to

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Do You Have Ancestors From Eastern Europe?

This conference is for you!
Take a look at the conference overview here. As a personal statement, I started going to this conference two years ago because I was stumped with my Lithuanian heritage. When I went to this conference, I realized that "I didn't know what I didn't know!" This conference gave me the start of a great foundation upon which to build. I found that I was building without out a firm foundation. Are you?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Danish Research Webinar June 4, 2015

Map: Jarke
June 4: Danish Research—Using Multiple Record Types to Find Your Family Webinar. This class starts at 7:00 P.M.

Instructions for attending webinars can be viewed by going to

Click the Search link. 
Select Wiki
TypeFamily History Library in the search field and click the top entry (Family History Library). 
Click link 2.2 (Live Online Classes)for details. Scroll to find the desired date and class and click on the link to get information about attending the class or webinar online.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How Does the FamilySearch Family Tree Work?

LDS Media Library
The Family Tree at FamilySearch is a great online tree with many features that help family historians capture and consolidate families with photos, documents, stories, audio, etc. It isn't perfect, but it is a great resource for us. Check it out here! It is totally free and living people are private. You don't have to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and it is totally available anywhere in the world where Internet is available. It is easy to add sources provided by Record Hints (similar to "shaking leaves" on What are you waiting for?
If all of this sounds daunting, there are also many lessons to help you learn Family Tree. There is also a sandbox to play in. If that sounds strange to you, click here to find out more

Friday, May 1, 2015

Join the Worldwide Arbitration Event!

Join the Worldwide Arbitration Event!

When: May 1-8, 2015
Goal: Arbitrate 2 million images
Where: Endless possibilities

Go here to check out the specifics. Add your support to this wonderful project!

Monday, March 23, 2015

German Resources Webinar

This is a post from the blog!

German Resources Webinar Open for Public Access

Family History Library IP Approved
Be the first of your German friends to find out all about the German website also known as This useful website will be explained on Saturday Mar. 28 in a webinar presented from 9:15am to 12:15. The following hands-on classes will be taught both in the Family History Library Main floor lab and also broadcast as a webinar:

9:15 Finding and Using German Address Books on This class will teach you how to locate these address books and find names and locations of your ancestors.
10:15 Finding and Using German Lineage books (OSB) on The Family History Library has many village lineage books in house, but this site has many that are online and can be searched right at home.
What is a village lineage book? It contains the families or individuals from a specific town in Germany and has been organized into families! Find birth, marriage, and death dates for ancestors. Village Lineage books are not available for all towns in Germany.
11:15 Using Metasearch on This class will discuss how to search all the databases available on simultaneously and tell you what they are about. Some of the databases on this site include the Schleswig-Holstein census, WWI casualty lists, member submitted trees, and tombstones.
See if some of your German ancestors can be found on this site to help you grow your family tree!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Family Discovery Day is Here!

Tomorrow, March 7th is the Grove Creek/Timpanogos Stakes Family Discovery Day. Anyone who is in the area is welcome. It is going to be great! The schedule is below!

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