Monday, November 9, 2009

New Family Search

Finally the New Family Search is live for my temple district, the Jordan River Temple District. I registered and signed on last night. I explored a little bit and made my first dispute. I can see the need to be very accurate and very consistent in verifying sources. I hope it will be a good thing and eliminate a lot of duplication of research and temple work.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Announcing the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, to be held January 11-15, 2010 at the Radisson Hotel [located at 215 West South Temple] in downtown Salt Lake City. This is a week-long educational experience taught by expert genealogists.

BECOME more effective with:

Computers and Technology

Accreditation and Certification Preparation

Personal Project Problem Solving

EXPLORE the many possibilities of the records of:


Central and Eastern Europe

Mid-Atlantic States (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland)


American Records and Research

Immigrant Origins

Producing a Quality Family Narrative

American Land and Court Records

U.S. Military Records

Classes finish in the afternoon each day allowing research time at the world-renowned FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY, located just two blocks away.

In addition, there are 15 optional evening classes on dynamic topics ranging from maximizing Internet searching to organizing what you find to solving research problems. Evening classes are only $10 each, payable at the door or online.

No matter which course you attend, you will have improved skills by January 15th. The early bird special ends November 16, 2009. For more information or to enroll online, visit

Sunday, September 13, 2009

David Sanders and the Battle of New Orleans

This post is a response to a challenge by a family history blog group. I think it was on facebook. It might have been an "event." The topic was "write a blog about an ancestor who participated in a famous battle."

My Ancestor David Sanders of Tennessee went with General Andrew Jackson down the Mississippi River and participated in the Battle of New Orleans. In fact, he was wounded and died a few days later.

A few years ago, I read The Battle of New Orleans by Robert V. Remini. I am pretty sure that was the book. It was very interesting. I was not able to learn anything specific about my ancestor but I learned a lot about how important the Battle of New Orleans was to United States History. It was the first time such a diverse group of Americans fought together. Even though the War of 1812 was officially over and they didn't know because the news of the treaty being signed in France hadn't reached them yet, the impressive victory let the British know that the USA was strong and capable and should be left alone.

As a result of this challenge I want to read up some more on the history of Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans and see if I can find out more about David Sanders and his role.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My sister sent me an email today letting me know that she has discovered newfamilysearch. Her ward explained the program in the 5th Sunday combined Relief Society/Priesthood meeting on Sunday. She was able to sign in and start making corrections to the family search version of our family history. New Family Search is not available in my temple district yet. So I can not sign in yet. I am so excited that she has started doing this!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I am my own Grandpa - Ray Stevens

Here is the link to a music video that will be of interest to genealogists.