google-site-verification: google82af41cbbb927c7d.html Grove Creek Family History: May 2010

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

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

I am thankful to be an American. Please don't forget those who gave their lives in the service of our country. Talk to the veterans in your family. Their stories are important and they are our history! Happy Memorial Day!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Granite Vault Videos

  Have you ever wondered what the granite vault looks like?  Check out these three videos that were released earlier this month by FamilySearch. Amazing!

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010

ProGenealogists just published their list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites for 2010 in conjunction with the NGS and BYU Computerized Conferences last month.  This list contains many favorite and familiar sites along with some new ones that you may not have heard of.  Check it out at

Sunday, May 23, 2010

What's the Hype over Social Networking?

I found this really interesting article that explains about social networking and how to use it as a genealogist.  The link is  Check it out!

Let's Clear up the Confusion!

This memo was posted on the FHCNET message board.  Hopefully it will clear up some confusion that has been swirling around about FamilySearch products.

There is some confusion that needs to be cleared up. The website that will eventually replace the site is available to any user free of charge. The website currently provides the millions of additional records and where digitized and indexed records will eventually reside.

The website is currently only available to members of the LDS church. Eventually as required features are added to, the site will become part of and will eventually allow public users to have access to the tree. That time has not been determined and when it does happen plans are to regulate the growth of the site by allowing current users to invite others until we can get the site to a point where it can sustain a significant number of users. Only then can access to the general public to be considered.

Ron Tanner
nFS Product Manager, FamilySearch

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Have You Looked at FamilySearch Forums?

FamilySearch Forums is another great place to look for help and information!  Check it out!

The Ancestry Insider: A Celebration of Family History

I have been thinking about the NGS Conference and what a great learning experience it was!  However, I think that the absolute highlight of the week was the Family History Gala with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  I just had to link to the following highlights!  Go there and enjoy!

The Ancestry Insider: A Celebration of Family History

Google Books!

Check out the Granite Genealogy Blog for a great article on using Google Books!  For those of you who don't have a Google account, it's time to get busy!  :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Something to Ponder?

I have a question! Last week as I helped many patrons at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Salt Lake, I noticed something interesting and also disheartening. I made a habit out of finding out where the patrons were from. Overwhelmingly, they were from out of state. They were excited about FamilySearch and what the LDS Church is doing to digitize records and get them posted online. Many of them couldn't believe that the LDS Church was doing this for free! Sadly, many of those that I talked to from Utah didn't think that FamilySearch was such a big deal. Yes, it has problems, but we have come a long way from the past way of doing things. Why are we so jaded and disinterested? Maybe everyone thinks that the work is done? Believe me, it is NOT ALL DONE! Maybe we are complacent? Maybe our ease of having the world renowned Family History Library in our backyard is a problem?  Ok, I'll get off of my soapbox now! :)

Try Historical Newpapers for Free on Footnote!

Historical Newspapers for Free on Footnote During May

During the month of May all the historical newspapers on will be open to the public. A free registration is needed to view the images.

To access the newspaper collections visit

On Footnote you will find newspapers ranging from small towns to major cities and dating back to the 1700’s. Whether a historian or a genealogist, historical newspapers are one of the best resources that provide a unique window into the past.

May Training (May 15th & 16th)

This month's training will cover the FamilySearch Wiki. For those of you who don't know what a wiki is, please come! For those of you who know what a wiki is, please come and contribute to our class!

Saturday, May 15th @ 9:00am in the Grove Creek FHC
Sunday, May 16th @ 8:00pm in the Grove Creek FHC

Please come and invite your friends!

P.S. A link has been added to the FamilySearch Wiki under New FamilySearch.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

List of Permanent Microfilms Added!

A list of the permanent microfilms in the Grove Creek Family History Center has been added.  The list is 16 pages long and is searchable. The pdf document was prepared by Ann & Jess Wagstaff and their Wednesday morning crew.  Many thanks for their hard work!  This is a great addition to our blog!

Monday, May 3, 2010

300 Million Names Released!!!

Check out the new names released from FamilySearch on this website Eventually, all of FamilySearch will come together at this site! This was announced at the NGS Conference last week!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

BYU and NGS Conferences

Wow! What a week of learning! My brain gets tired just trying to process all of the things that I learned and want to try! I was going to write up some reviews about it but Granite Genealogy and The Ancestry Insider blogs did a great job so you really have to go to their sites (just click on the links on the right hand side) and read what they said! Pay special attention to the info from the Gala Celebration with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on The Ancestry Insider blog. It was an incredible night of celebration!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

PAF Users Group May Meeting

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 8 May 2010, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. There is a map showing the location on the group's website The main presentation for this meeting will be by Don and Diane Snow on FREEWARE AND SHAREWARE FOR FAMILY HISTORY. Their talk will show examples of free software and how they have used it in family history. The handout for the meeting will include the websites to download that freeware, plus many other free programs and will be posted on the Group's webpage. They will also give short reports about the 2010 BYU Computerized Genealogy Conference and the National Genealogical Society Annual Meeting, both held in the Salt Palace last week. They were speakers at the BYU Conference. The Snows have been involved with family history for many years and have served 4 LDS Church family history missions as a couple. Their last mission was to the London Family History Centre in England from which they returned 18 months ago. Don has been a Vice President of the Utah Valley PAF Users Group for many years. They are both retired BYU faculty members where Don taught Mathematics and Diane taught Humanities. This month they have just returned from serving as volunteer teachers in the fledgling Nauvoo Uinversity. See for information about this new school.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history. As always there will be classes and topics for all levels of expertise and interest. The classes and teachers presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows. (1) Documenting Sources in PAF 5 and in New FamilySearch, by Duane Dudley; (2) Genealogy on Your MAC - Bells and Whistles, by Venita Parry; (3) Hardware and Software Q&A, by Jerry Castillo; (4) Individual Help with PAF & NFS, by Finn Hansen and Max & Kathy Henrie; (5) Q&A: Freeware and Shareware for Family History. by Don and Diane Snow; (6) Video of last month's main presentation: FamilySearch's Extended Tree, by Tim Cross; (7) Ancestral Quest, by Merlin Kitchen; (8) Legacy 7.4, by Joel Graham; and (9) RootsMagic 4, by Sue Maxwell.
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