FamilySearch posted this notice on their blog Mar 6th –
“The Granite Mountain Vault will be shifting a large amount of films into their newly renovated space. This entails moving half a million rolls of film, and numerous cabinets of fiche and digital media. Since it will be risky to pull items during this time, the Family History Library will not be able to order microfiche or any microfilms above 1,881, 705. Film and fiche with numbers less than 1,881,704 and lower can still be ordered.
This move is scheduled for early April of 2014 and will last about two weeks. Another update will be posted as soon as we have more information.
They say that nearly 13,000 people attended this year’s conference, and there will be another 130,000 people are expected to attend local history fairs as they are held throughout the world in the months ahead.
I was interested to read that Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, talked about “the dash,” - the line between the date of birth and the date of death on a person’s tombstone or genealogical record.
The blog says that “He described how traditionally genealogy tends to focus on names, dates, and places in a family tree. However, the expanding interest in family history today, where the vast majority of people are drawn into their ancestors’ lives, focuses on the countless stories represented by the dash”.
I have been working on a column for an online magazine in which I discuss the question Is Family History morphing into Life Stories? I layout the process which I think has spurred the subject forward from genealogy, to family history (social history) and finally to life stories (personal history). It is now a combination of all three disciplines – ending with the life story of an ancestor.
FamilySearch has made long awaited changes, here and there, to the Family History Library Catalogue, and has incorporated the “old” and “new” catalogue into one entity.
For example, the catalogue does a title search that includes subtitles and inclusive dates, the main author in bold type, and it displays additional places.
And the names of the catalogue searches are now the same as they were in the old catalogue, which s good to hear.
As someone who uses FamilySearch on a regular basis to search for those books and periodicals (some of which can be found in no other place on the Internet), I depend on their being a good useable catalogue at my disposal.
Postscript: The Canadian Week in Review will be published tomorrow as a special military issue as Canada begins its Veterans Week from November 5th to the 11th.
"Presentation proposals will be accepted online at www.rootstech.org/proposals from June 17—July 8, 2013. Due to the volume of presentation proposals we receive, please submit no more than five proposals per speaker. Limited, late-breaking technology submissions will be accepted, upon approval, until October 1, 2013.
Speakers selected to present at RootsTech 2014 will be notified by August 2, 2013. Syllabus materials (PDF file) for selected presentations will be due by November 1, 2013. Speakers who don’t submit syllabus materials on time may be removed from the schedule.
Presenters participating in RootsTech 2014 will receive a complimentary conference registration and access to all syllabus materials. Out-of-state speakers selected to present three or more presentations will also receive hotel accommodations. There is no monetary compensation for presenting at this conference".
Questions can be emailed to the attention of the RootsTech Speaker Selection Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is in the beginning stages, but we hope to make the FamiliySearch Wiki a valuable place to find resource and record help for Ontario genealogists. As we finish Ontario we will move on to complete the same tasks in other provinces of Canada”.
If you are going to Salt Lake City after April 13th, the Family History Library will change its Saturday hours to 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Previously, it had been open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
“This change is being made so that valuable staff and volunteer resources can be allocated to other busier times during the week that have greater patron demand,” said Don Anderson, director of the Family History Library. “This change will facilitate better service to patrons during the high-demand hours.”
Has anyone seen this notice on the latest post on Family Search blog?
Appearently, Merrill White from the Family History Library posted on the Family Search blog the other day that as of Feb 4 “all requests for information copied from films, book pages, CDs, marriage, death or birth certificates, wills and/or deeds, etc. will be copied in digital format and emailed to patrons in a zipped PDF or JPG file format. There is no charge for this service if we are able to email to information to patrons”.
They say that patrons of the library can request copies by emailing their request to Photoduplication@familysearch.org. All requests MUST include the following information -
■Film or Fiche number
■Name of Individual(s) referred to in the record
■Title of the record
■Name of parents, spouse, grantor, grantee, etc.
■Event type (Birth, Death or Marriage)
■Complete event date and place
■Event place (county, parish, township, etc.)
■Volume or page number
■Registration or Certificate Number
■Any other information that will help us locate your record
The other day, I learned that FamilySearch Center had put a new 10 minute video on the Family Seach site.
So I decided to take a look.
The title of the video is “Doing Research in Real Time-An Exhilarating Collaboration Experience!", and a team of researchers led David E. Rencher as he sets about researching in real time. The team was from around the country, and used records in Salt Lake City, Ancestry.ca, and from other parts of the U.S., for example, Alabama in real time.
I found that it gave a very good picture of how the research is done. And I would recommend it to everyone to get your genealogy done in a resonable amount of time.
Earlier this week, I posted that RootsTech was staring to fill up with people going to their 2013 conference (held March 21 to 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City), and now I read where John D. Reid, a blogger of all things Anglo-Celtic in Canada, and the official blogger at BIFHSGO, http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/2012/09/rootstech-2013.html, is going to take in next year’s conference.
I will be waiting here in Ottawa for his posts on the conference, as he always seems to be able to pick out interesting people to talk to and things to do, while at these gatherings.
We both agree with the statement that while “researching English-speaking ancestors in Quebec ... the Quebec Family History Society is fast becoming the place to conduct initial research because of the databases they hold or access”.
If you want to hear what Gary Schroder, President of the Quebec Family History Society has to say about the “Cadastral Numbers System: The Key to Quebec Land Records” then you should listen to Brian Glenn's interview with him in a two-part series on www.bifhsgo.ca/cpage.php?pt=59
The Toronto Family History Society of the OGS has a blog, and the other day they posted that their partnership with Salt Lake City has yielded yet another milestone concering the index of Toronto Trust Cemeteries.
The following will be online at FamilySearch.org
» York General Burying Ground (Potter’s Field) 1826 to 1855
» Toronto Necropolis 1877 to 1935 (1850 to 1877 were already available)
» Mount Pleasant Cemetery 1876 to 1903
The recent records includes plot owners, next of kin names, full addresses, and all have been indexed.
They are asking for more indexers. There are more records in progress: Mount Pleasant Cemetery 1904 to 1935, and Prospect Cemetery 1890 to 1935.
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