Wednesday, May 10, 2017

GET THE NUMBERS YOU NEED FOR YOUR BISHOP - YES! I HAVE 4 GENERATIONS



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HAND OUT FOR SUNDAY - 5-14-2017    Your Bishops need to Send their Stake President a count.  Will you help?







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HAND THIS OUT IN MEETINGS THIS SUNDAY!

CAMELBACK STAKE MEETING was May 9, 2017


We really enjoyed getting together and per your request, I have uploaded here a copy as a .pdf
of the slide deck so that you don't have to take laborious notes - the links that we mentioned are all right here!

Including Https://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch/

Get the App  YAMMER
https://www.yammer.com/familysearch/







Let us know if you would like us to research anything for this blog.
One of you brought up a great idea....
The only ones who would have trouble getting their 4 generations are not converts....
we can get those in a heartbeat...
it's the Adopted Children...

I am thinking we need a page with a lot of National directory and support group links for Adoptees and Adoptive parents.

If you agree, comment below!

Thanks!



Friday, May 5, 2017

Presentation to the African American Genealogical Association of Arizona




Earlier this year, I was asked to research and prepare a presentation to the African American Genealogical Association of Arizona.  I did it but wanted M'Lee Clark to look it over and she found some  sharper pictures of the ones I had found  - so it was a real combined work of Art!  Thank you M'Lee!

Hope you enjoy it!''



Ward Family History Template - When you want answers to progress.... yesterday

There is no real report to help Presidents know how their Wards are doing in Family History, but Each Ward could get that information easily as they are working with their people and calling them and inviting them through the Consultant Planner.

Right now, there is a need for all Bishops to let their Stake President know how many people have their 4 generations done.  This was an easy and fun way for our Ward to keep track.  Originally it was simpler but the brainchild of Kristina Potter.  We have modified it to tally different logistics and each Consultant has access to it.  The Coordinator easily will have all his or her numbers for Ward correlation.

Check it out.  If you like it and it will help your Ward, please feel free to use it and then report back to us if it was helpful.

I had the Google Drive version up here but today I replaced it with the ONEDRIVE VERSION  You can work so much easier with Microsoft products with OneDrive.  The little pull down tabs work perfectly saving you time and energy memorizing various tasks you achieved.





Link to power point on How to use the Template - DIRECTIONS FOR WARD CLERK IN POWER POINT

Here is a PDF of the HOW TO....DIRECTIONS FOR WARD CLERK IN PDF


HERE IS THE EXCEL WORKBOOK  EXCEL WORKBOOK ON HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF WARD FAMILY HISTORY

You can download this and edit it.  if you can't, email me and I'll send it directly to you.


There isn't any sound - This is instruction for you to help your Ward Clerk to format the Address list to fit into the Template easily.   You can start and stop if it goes too fast or just Read the PDF together.



Creating a comfort zone for Family History....


MOUNTAIN SHADOWS FAMILY HISTORY


       Our ward Family History endeavors were not optimal.  In 2010 we would hold classes according to the manual and people would show up for 1 or 2 classes and then say, "Sayonara" because it was very basic and they already felt that ALL of their work had been done.    The Internet connection in our building was dicey at best.  Frequently, on Sundays, as the masses poured in to Sacrament, their phones were on auto pilot to adjust to the Church WIFI.

 So having access on a regular basis was inconsistent and weak.  That had a compounding problem because the access point (that little thing that looks like plastic rabbit ears) was on a beam shelf in the Foyer about 50 feet from our Family History Room.   If the router needed to be reset, one in his or her church dress, had to go out to the foyer, drag a classroom table over, climb up on it and try to reach the router on the ledge.  This got old rather quickly.

We got permission to use the old abandoned clerk's office next to the old scout room and we made it really "homey".  We added some access points so that up to 12-15 people can be in there during the 2nd hour of Sunday School.  Kristina Potter came up with the original idea for the gmail google drive based Consultant Ward Family History Template, which I have added some additional bells and whistles now.  She also put her large scale fan chart printer in the Clerks office so we bought a small one to print out Temple Cards.  I supplied the cutter and card stock and off we were running.
Here are some Pictures and I have included a link to the Template if you think it will help you keep track of how your ward is doing.


We were told to visit people in their homes, but sometimes its hard for them or they feel like they don't want to clean their house for company so it's easier for them to come to this room 2nd hour.  They learn a lot and always leave with names.







Best new way to help people - https://www.familysearch.org/ask/planner
Success within 5 minutes!

We all wore these hats at a Linger Longer so that help was easily found by all

Hung a nice mirror and a clock on the wall

We have a guest portal with some brochures

Interesting Ward Ancestors


Internet Access when in that room
When kids aren't there we use this for brochures and handouts

When Mom wants to do Family History, we keep Crayons and FS Coloring books here
Brother Meyer working the network
Me getting ready for 2nd hour.  Really glad we went to tableclothfactory.com and got some nice burgundy tablecloths to match the padded chairs.  They were only 6.00 each.







Friday, April 21, 2017

10 COMMON SENSE RULES WHEN STARTING TO TRACE YOUR FAMILY TREE


10 COMMON SENSE RULES WHEN STARTING TO TRACE YOUR FAMILY TREE


By Mike Harvey

Rule 1

Don't try to trace your connection down from some historical figure you may
be told you are related to. (Like I did...fool)
Always start with yourself and work backwards. Interview EVERYONE in the
family and see what documents and photos you can obtain or copy. Be careful
with family stories, they tend to be sugar coated and sometimes connect the
wrong event to the wrong person or generation. Interviewing Relatives is
cross-referenced with Lies and Date Discrepancies!
Economies with the truth are rampart.
(Surprise! surprise! Paternal Great Granny and Great Grandpa weren't quite
the paragons of virtue that I was led to believe. And Maternal Great Grandad
wasn't an "English Emigrant". He won an all expenses paid trip to Australia
courtesy of the Old Bailey which he repaid with 14 faithful years in
Government service! Oh, and Maternal Great Granny won one too! Some
favouritism shown with her...she only gave 7 years of faithful Government
service. )

Rule 2

Remember to record all women as who they are when they are born, not by
their married name or known by in later life.

Rule 3

Don't be a chauvinist - your father's line is only a twig, not a tree. The
name you are born with falls either way of the wedding ring. Many babies
born before marriage are recorded under their mother's maiden name. Always
remember your mother's line is more accurate than your father's. Think
"Mother's baby! Father's maybe?" After all, your father's line is only as
good as your mother tells you.

Rule 4


Trace the lines of least resistance, those that are not German if you can't
sprechen zie deutsch, those that are not Irish if you want instant success.
Do the easy ones first, i.e. those who are born where they said they were
born.

Rule 5

Don't look for a marriage date nine months before the birth of the first
child. Many children were born within a few weeks, months or hours after
and before the parents were married or if ever married.

Rule 6

You will need to check the indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages for the
appropriate State and look up your ancestors' entries. In some States the
reference numbers means cheaper certificates. Death certificates may be
informative in Australia but they are the least correct.
Never rely on a death certificate to be accurate.
For NSW use a transcription agent rather than the NSW BDM's site
for copies of certificates.... They are a helleva lot cheaper and are typed
out for ease of reading. They can also be 'cut and pasted' into your notes
file in your computer program or just put in your family history files.
And if they stuff up the details you have no trouble getting a replacement.

Rule 7


Get organized from day one. You'll be killing a lot of trees with the paper
trail you'll be gathering. Get the correct stationery or computer program
to handle recording the data you will be collecting.

Rule 8

Make sure you take good notes stating what you read, when you read it and
whether it held any information crucial to your search. This will save
duplication of genealogy and keep you organized.

Rule 9 (Mine)

Check to make sure someone hasn't already traced your family tree. You can
search through a series of books called the Genealogical Research Directory
(GRD). These are annual publications showing who is tracing whom in the
family tree. They can be found at most genealogical libraries, LDS Centres
and major council libraries. The Internet also provides a wealth of sites
for free advertisement of names you are researching.
Use Roots web's World Connect but remember that there is a lot of 'fantasy'
there purporting to be 'factual family trees'. Same goes especially for
Ancestry.com
The first rule of genealogy research should be applied to all data from
these sources:
'Accept all data...Believe none until you have checked it for veracity
yourself.'
Lots of ego trippers lurk on those sites.

Occasionally revise your work.

Your mantra should be ...Revision...Revision..Revision.

You will be surprised how often you pick up obvious clues that you missed

the first time around. And then kick yourself for suffering from tunnel 
vision.


Rule 10 (Mine)

Lastly, invest in TV dinners and take away, you won't have the time or
inclination to cook, garden or do anything but dig up your roots. As one
husband bemused, "I used to have a wife until she started genealogy." Or as
my wife was heard to mutter, quite often, "He's disturbing the dead and
irritating the living, again."



Regards
Mike Harvey
Merewether NSW
mj_harvey@dodo.com.au

"Shake any family tree and a few nuts will fall out"