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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Laura Bush and daughter Jenna at RootsTech 2015

Laura Bush

Jenna Bush Hager

Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna, will be the keynote speakers on Friday, February 13, 2015 at RootsTech 2015. Learn more about them here. There is still time to register for RootsTech 2015.  Passes start at $19.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 7, 1941--A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Photo Credit: By USN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 
Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. The United States had been able to stay out of WW II up to that point. December 7th changed all of that. FamilySearch has created a Pearl Harbor Memorial Page. Watch the video and learn about that day from someone who was there. Click on your ancestors tab. Who knows, you may have had an ancestor connected to Pearl Harbor and didn't even know it! Even if you don't there are veterans out there who would love to share their Pearl Harbor stories with you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do You Have Irish Roots?

Photo Credit: Georgie Sharp
The National Library of Ireland will have a dedicated website of Catholic parish registers available online by summer 2015. They will be free, although there may be a few records that will be behind a pay wall. Read about this coming online collection here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2015

If you haven't realized it by now, the face of family history is changing! It used to look like this:

However, the people working on family history are starting to look more and more like this: 

Photo Credit:  Media Library

We used to work individually on "OUR" families, but now we work together on the family of mankind and realize that we are "ALL" related.

Photo Credit: Media Library

Come join the crowd and work with your family on Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2015.

2015 Featured Speakers & Performers on Family Discovery Day
It's going to be awesome!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

David Archuleta and Studio C at RootsTech 2015

David Archuleta

Studio C

David Archuleta and Studio C are the latest acts to be announced for RootsTech 2015. If you have no idea who Studio C is, you have to learn more about this very funny and talented group from BYU. Check them out here! This is going to be one whale of a conference! For more information, click here. To learn more about RootsTech 2015, click here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) Meeting--November 8, 2014

Peg Ivanyo
UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 08 Nov 2014

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 08 Nov 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  and the press releases are at .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Peg Ivanyo on ADDING A VISUAL DIMENSION TO YOUR RESEARCH.  In spite of the technical tools available to us today, we often resort solely to the written word to analyze, plan, and summarize our research. This presentation will explore some simple tools that can help us "see" our research more clearly, and perhaps even break through a brick wall or two.  Peg Ivanyo is owner of All Things Related, which blends her former career as a meeting planner/consultant with her love of genealogy and teaching.  She serves as a ward family history consultant, as a member of the Springville Family History Center Education Committee, Assistant Director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and conference administrator for the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS).  She earned a bachelor’s degree in merchandising and business through Utah State University, completed graduate courses in Tourism Administration at George Washington University, and has taken courses in Family History at Brigham Young University.  In addition to her membership in UGA, Peg maintains active membership with the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH), the Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society (LRFHS), the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI), and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).  More information about her is at .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  for last minute changes or additions.   (1)   Making a Case for Re-proving Old Work, by Peg Ivanyo;  (2)  Video of last month's main presentation, The FamilySearch Catalog: Key to the Collection, by Sharon Monson;  (3)  Ask an Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (4)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (5)  Legacy:  Multimedia, by Brad Monson; and  (6)  RootsMagic, by bruce Buzbee.  There will be no MAC class this month. Now Available at Family History Centers and Libraries!

This is big! is an affiliate of Yes, they are a  subscription database, BUT now you can use their site for free at family history centers. With 73 million worldwide subscribers, they definitely have something to offer everyone! Maybe you will even find that cousin you didn't know about living in one of the former communist countries of eastern Europe. Maybe they will have information that you didn't know existed! Maybe they will know where you need to look for that particular record! That is one of my fondest dreams! However, until that day comes, I will continue to leave no stone unturned and is one of many weapons in my arsenal. Click here for the information on the FamilySearch blog. has some awesome tutorials to get you started. To start, click here. YouTube has lots and lots of videos relating to

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another RootsTech 2015 Keynote Speaker Announced

The founder of Global Family Reunion, A.J. Jacobs will be the keynote speaker at RootsTech 2015 on Friday, February 13, 2015. See the announcement here!
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