Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Family Search Support

Today I called support at family search and asked for the new family search division. I had a question about removing incorrect information in my family pedigree. It was a good experience. The woman who took my call was very helpful. I was able to give her the PID numbers of the individuals I had questions about and she was able to look at the new family search screen and the same information that I was viewing. She guided me through what I needed to do. Doubtless I will be calling new family search support for more help in the future.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Family Search Indexing

Yesterday I became a volunteer indexer for Family Search. It is easier than the three family history programs I am learning and fairly interesting work. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing something at the computer. Any one over age 12 can do indexing. Go to this link and click "Volunteer." You can download the program and start immediately. You can do indexing for just a few minutes at a time. I indexed a few death records in British Columbia and now have a batch from the Georgia census.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Last week I went to evening classes of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy at the Raddison Hotel in Salt Lake City. The classes were part of the convention of the Utah Genealogy Association. They were very helpful and interesting to me. Last night our stake had a fireside for high priests and spouses about New Family Search. I am excited to get busy and do more family history work.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


When you drink from the water, remember the source.

-- an old maxim that applies to genealogy research and other things in life.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Family History Library Series for Beginners

On Saturday January 9, 2010 I attended four classes at the Salt Lake Family History Library. It was the Getting Started Research Series. The classes were:

1. Starting your Family History -- Blaylock
2. How to Guess Where to Start -- Dilts
3. Research Logs a Tool for Organizing -- Dilts
4. Family History on the Internet -- Blaylock

We had survey cards to fill out for each class and one of the questions was "Would you recommend this class to a friend?" I would recommend all the classes. In fact, that is what I am doing now. I think maybe these classes will be repeated and I would recommend them to any one. The instructors were knowledgeable and helpful. It was a motivating experience for me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

100th Wedding Anniversary

Today is the 100th Wedding Anniversary of Oscar Whitaker Rollins and Zina Pearl Bybee Rollins. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 12, 1910.

We will celebrate their anniversary by attending the Salt Lake Temple and by posting histories on the family Google Group.

Ward Family History Consultant Calling

On Sunday January 10, 2010 I was sustained as ward family history consultant. I am excited about this new calling. I also feel a tremendous responsibility. I will need to balance this calling with all my other responsibilities. I will need the help of my family to fulfill my responsibilities. As I work on prioritizing and organizing my time I will think of this quote from Elsie Geneva Cook Pace, co-author of A Book of the Bybee Families by Elsie Geneva Cook Pace and Zina Pearl Bybee Rollins (my grandmother).

"It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn and to arrange what we know."
by Hannah More

This applies to my responsibilities in my temporal and family affairs as well as to research information.