Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Printing a Fan Chart
October 7, 2013 By FamilySearchYou can now print a full-color, 7-generation fan chart from within Family Tree. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
Option 1: You can display the fan chart, and print it from the Fan Chart view window.
1. Make sure the person you want to print a fan chart for is in the primary person position.
2. Click the Fan Chart icon located in the upper left of the screen. This will display the fan chart on the screen.
3.Click the Printer icon.
4. Click Print. You many need to wait a few minutes for the chart for format.
Option 2: You can print a fan chart from the person’s details page. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
1. From the details page, click the Fan Chart icon so that the fan chart displays on the screen.
2. Click the Printer icon. You many need to wait a few minutes for the chart for format.
3. Click Print.
The printable fan chart opens in a second tab of your browser. It takes a bit of time to get created. When done, it looks like this:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
FamilySearch Wiki Reaches an Important Milestone
October 1, 2013 By Steve AndersonFamilySearch has recently reached a rather significant milestone. Its Research Wiki has just published its 75,000th article. While the number is impressive by itself, the idea that should grab our attention and make us go WOW is the fact that such a large community of genealogists and family historians have worked together to pool their collective knowledge into a single web based library and made it all available to the public—for FREE. It’s like having a worldwide encyclopedia of knowledge for genealogists at your fingertips. This is really big news!
James Tanner, the creator and author of the Genealogy’s Star blog site has written an excellent blog post about this milestone event titled, 75,000 Articles now in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. James Tanner is an expert genealogist and writer. Tanner has contributed several useful articles to the Research Wiki, so he knows what he’s talking about. Click on his article and see what he has to say about this milestone event and see what happens when experts all work together to share knowledge about the world’s records.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Indexers Celebrate Record-Setting Italian Ancestors Project Weekend
September 30, 2013 By Courtney ConnollyDid you participate in the Italian Ancestors Project record-setting weekend? On September 13–15, volunteers from around the world joined together to index and arbitrate 134,986 Italian records (approximately 400,000 names). Participants were invited to index and arbitrate over 35,000 Italian records in just 48 hours—slightly more than the previous high. Due to the enthusiasm and dedication of many volunteers, the event goal was significantly exceeded.
This contribution will add significantly to the searchable records available to individuals looking for their Italian ancestors. Thousands of family researchers will be forever grateful for the efforts to make these names available.
Thank you to all who participated in the Italian Ancestors Project record-setting weekend and who continue to contribute to the Italian Ancestors Project. To learn more about this project, including the millions of Italian records remaining to be indexed, visit FamilySearch.org/Italian-ancestors.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
We Hit One Million Photos!
September 10, 2013 By Rob Goates
Since we launched the enhanced FamilySearch.org in April, we have seen a tremendous amount of interest in our photos and stories features. We are pleased (excited! ecstatic!) to announce a major milestone—as of this week, more than one million photos have been uploaded to the site.
“With the help of our users, we are creating the world’s largest, free collection of family history photos,” said Tim Cross, senior product manager of FamilySearch Photos and Stories. “We see this as a major achievement toward preserving, sharing, and uniquely identifying family history memories for people from all over the world.”
All photos uploaded to FamilySearch Photos and Stories will be preserved forever in our state-of-the-art archive facilities. The tags identifying the people in the photos will be preserved as well, so descendants will have a permanent, central location to find and access these precious ancestral photos.
To discover any photos and stories already submitted of your ancestors, simply visit the FamilySearch Photos and Stories page and click on the blue “Find photos of your ancestors” button (you will be prompted to log in).
UPDATE: Here is the one millionth photo!
Friday, September 6, 2013
FamilySearch and Ancestry.com Working Together to Make More Records Available Online
September 6, 2013 By FamilySearchFamilySearch and Ancestry.com recently announced a joint agreement to begin a 5-year effort to digitize and index more than 1 billion records from around the world. FamilySearch is excited to be a partner in this significant project that will provide greater accessibility to these valuable records. Building strategic partnerships is and will continue to be an important part of our vision, and we look forward to additional exciting announcements in the future.
This partnership will result in making significant global historical records available to people everywhere. Dennis Brimhall, President of FamilySearch, added yesterday, “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.”
FamilySearch will continue to make our records available to the public for free. It remains our commitment to make as many genealogical records and resources available at no cost.
We look forward to more exciting developments as we continue to work with leading organizations in the genealogy community. The future of family history is truly exciting.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Politics off the agenda as Julia Gillard makes rare public appearance
Julia Gillard with partner Tim Mathieson at their Altona home. Photo: Craig AbrahamFormer prime minister Julia Gillard made a rare public appearance at the weekend, making a keynote speech at a religious function in her western Melbourne electorate.
Just hours after Kevin Rudd launched Labor's election campaign, Ms Gillard was the guest of honour at an event of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she was presented with a series of documents detailing her family history.
Ms Gillard, who is retiring from politics after Saturday's election, spoke of the influence her parents had on her during her speech at the Werribee church.
In front of a crowd of about 250, mostly young adults, the former PM said learning to prioritise had been helpful while she was working as prime minister.
"There is always a million things happening at once [when you're prime minister] and you could lose the hours of every day chasing down the million things that are happening, or you could concentrate and do the two or three big things that are going to make the longest-term impact or difference," she said.
"When people are running at you with the million things, it can be hard to discipline for that, but it's incredibly important discipline and I think the younger you learn it, the easier it becomes."
The church, colloquially known as Mormons, makes family history work a priority because of its belief that families continue beyond mortality.
Volunteer researchers traced back Ms Gillard's ancestry to four generations, and provided her with a written history featuring stories about her ancestors.
The church has previously presented Mr Rudd and his predecessor, John Howard, with their genealogy, as well as US presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush. Sunday's presentation was the first in Australia to be held in public.
Ms Gillard, the member for Labor, is being replaced as Labor candidate in the seat by Joanne Ryan.