Renee Zamora

Renee's Genealogy Blog has Relocated

Renee's Genealogy Blog was originally created 19 Sep 2005 on LiveJournal. While creating a class on Blogs and Blog Readers I determined that Google Blogger was the way to go. So, after 200 articles and major frustration (with LiveJournal that is) effective 8 June 2007 Renee's Genealogy Blog has been relocated.

This older version of "Renee's Genealogy Blog" will no longer be updated.

I have placed both a feed and a link to the posts made on this older version of "Renee Genealogy Blog" at my new location. I am hoping to find a way to transfer my old posts into a usable format onto my new blog site. If you want a complete listing of all my previous blog articles, posted on LiveJournal, please go to http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~renee/ljlog.html
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See ya tomorrow, (on the new site) for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
Renee Zamora

Primary Source Materials from 18th & 19th Century Periodicals Online

I have the following announcement from WorldVitalRecords.com. As a personal note I wanted to mention that for the first 10 days after a database has become available on WorldVitalRecords.com they give free access to it. It is very worthwhile to sign up for their free newsletter so you will know when new databases become available.

Accessible Archives Inc. Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Provide Greater Access To Unique Historical Data
Important collection of 18th and 19th century periodicals now online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Land and Records Office

Provo, UT, June 4, 2007 --- Normally only offered in libraries, Accessible Archives Inc. has recently partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make millions of records from the 18th and 19th centuries accessible to a broader audience.

“We are very pleased to be working with World Vital Records getting our material to the masses on a global scale,” said Rob Nagy, President, CEO, Accessible Archives.

Accessible Archives typically works with nearly 300 universities and libraries to offer the databases in full-text format.

“We have had a great appreciation for the valuable content on Accessible Archives, and we are enthusiastic about being able to now provide what is typically library content to our subscribers at WorldVitalRecords.com,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Some of the collections that will be available at WorldVitalRecords.com from Accessible Archives will be American County Histories to 1900, The Liberator (1831-1865), The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue Chester County (1809-1870), The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century, and Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885).

“One of the databases in the collection of most interest to genealogists would be the American County Histories to 1900. These histories form the foundation of local historical research and contain many important details of genealogical significance that are unlikely to be found in any other resource,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Accessible Archives’ databases contain more than 600 million words, and they are growing at a rate of 1-2 million words each month. The databases will be updated at Accessible Archives, as well as to WorldVitalRecords.com as they occur.
Renee Zamora

UVPAFUG Monthly Meeting 9 June 2007

UTAH VALLEY PAF USERS GROUP

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 9 Jun 2007, from 9 am until noon in the LDS "Red" Chapel at 4000 North Timpview Drive (650 East), in Provo. The main presentation will be by Justin Schroepfer on AN INTRODUCTION TO FOOTNOTE.COM. He will be discussing what Footnote.com is, how it got started, what records collections they have, and what you can expect from it. Justin Schroepfer is the Marketing Director for Footnote.com and has over 14 years experience in marketing and advertising for Franklin Covey, Ancestry.com, and several other companies. He has a BS degree in Business Marketing and MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. The LDS Church has just announced that Footnote.com will be available for free at FHC's, so this is a chance to find out how it can help you.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history. As usual, there will be something for everyone at all levels of expertise. Following are the classes currently scheduled for this meeting.
1. PAF 5 Basics, by Ralph Hansen
2. Using All the Features of PAF Insight, by Duane Dudley
3. Using Blogs and RSS Feeds, by Renee Zamora
4. Individual Mentoring, by Val Buxton & Kay Baker
5. Q&A about Footnote.com, by Justin Schroepfer
6. Video of last month's main presentation on WorldVitalRecords.com, by Yvette Arts, et al
7. Legacy, by Joel Graham
8. RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee

All meetings of the Users Group are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Users Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. Several of the officers, including Gerhard Ruf, President; Don Snow, 1st VP; Brian Cooper, 2nd VP; Lynne Shumway, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker, Membership Chairman; and Bruce Merrill, DVD & Video Librarian, will be there to help with membership, questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and to check out videos and DVD's of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's web site http://uvpafug.org . For further information see the web site or contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvpafug.org (225-6106), VP1 Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu, or VP2 Brian Cooper at vp2@uvpafug.org.
Renee Zamora

Tidal Wave Starting to Flood FamilySearch.org

It sure has been an exciting past couple of days. Major announcements of databases and partnership with FamilySearch are starting to surface. The exact dates for availability of these database have not been announced yet. Family History Support will be notifying the Family History Directors of each Family History Center (mostly in North America) with directions and availability. It won't be long before we will see access to:

World Vital Records (worldvitalrecords.com)
Kindred Konnections (kindredkonnections.com)
Godfrey Memorial Library (godfrey.org)
Heritage Quest Online (This has been available through most public library.)
Footnote (footnote.com) so far only the U.S. Revolutionary War Pension records have been announced.

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Renee Zamora

The First Bite is a Good One

Revolutionary War Records Are First Fruits of New Record Services Program

FamilySearch Teams with Service Providers to Expedite Historic Records Access

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-FamilySearch and Footnote announced today the first project of the new Records Access program-to digitize and index the historic U.S. Revolutionary War Pension records. The Record Access program helps archives and other records custodians publish their collections online. A significant collection of genealogical and historical significance will be accessible online by leveraging the resources of FamilySearch, the world's largest repository of genealogical information, with those of Footnote.

Footnote is one of the new breed of genealogy web sites working with FamilySearch to digitally preserve, index, and publish the world's records in concert with archives around the world. As part of the agreement, FamilySearch will digitize the images currently held in the National Archives Record and Administration's collection (NARA) in Washington, D.C., and Footnote will create the electronic indexes. When complete, the indexes and images will be viewable at Family History Centers and at Footnote.com. Indexes will also be available at FamilySearch.org. Numerous other national and international projects are under development at this time and will be announced as agreements are signed or data is published. To see examples of the Revolutionary War Pension Files, go to http://www.footnote.com/revolutionary-war.php.

Records custodians worldwide are experiencing growing pressure to provide access to their records online while maintaining control and ownership. At the same time, websites that provide digitizing and publishing services are struggling with the staggering costs," said Wayne Metcalfe, director of Records Services for FamilySearch. "The new Record Access program takes advantage of FamilySearch's resources and creates an economical and effective forum where records custodians and genealogy websites can work together to accomplish their respective objectives," added Metcalfe.

FamilySearch's new Records Access program provides tools and assistance to records custodians who want to publish their collection using state-of-the-art digital cameras, software, and web-based applications. FamilySearch Records Services has representatives worldwide who can work with archivists to determine how FamilySearch and affiliates can help them achieve their digital preservation and publication needs.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch (historically the Genealogical Society of Utah) is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through FamilySearch.org, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.

About Footnote, Inc.
Founded in 1997 as iArchives, Inc., Footnote is a subscription-based website that features searchable original documents that provide users with an unaltered view of the events , places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At Footnote.com all are invited to come to share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit www.footnote.com.
Renee Zamora

FamilySearch Tidal Wave Expected

FamilySearch Unveils Program to Increase Access to World's Genealogical Records

Tidal Wave of Online Databases Will Result

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-FamilySearch announced today its Records Access program to increase public access to massive genealogy collections worldwide. For the first time ever, FamilySearch will provide free services to archives and other records custodians who wish to digitize, index, publish, and preserve their collections. The program expands FamiliySearch's previously announced decision to digitize and provide online access to over 2 million rolls of copyrighted microfilm preserved in the Granite Mountain Records Vault. A key component of the program allows FamilySearch and archives to team with genealogy websites to provide unprecedented access to microfilm in the vault. The combined results ensure a flood of new record indexes and images online at www.FamilySearch.org and affiliated websites.

The plan combines the assets and experience of the Genealogical Society of Utah with the state-of-the-art technology resources of FamilySearch-all under the single brand name of FamilySearch. The Records Access program allows records custodians to publish their data online by themselves or with the assistance of FamilySearch or affiliate genealogical websites and historical societies.

"Records custodians worldwide are experiencing growing pressure to provide access to their records online while maintaining control and ownership. At the same time, websites that provide digitizing and publishing services are struggling with the staggering costs," said Wayne Metcalfe, director of Records Services for FamilySearch. "The new Record Access program takes advantage of FamilySearch's resources and creates an economical and effective forum where record custodians and genealogical websites can work together to accomplish their respective objectives," added Metcalfe.

Working with the records custodians, FamilySearch can leverage its extensive microfilm and growing digital image collection to create digital images for affiliate genealogical websites at a fraction of the cost. The affiliate genealogy organization will create indices of the digital images and then publish the images and the indices on its own website, the archive's website, or a jointly published site. A copy of the index will also be made available for free on the popular FamilySearch website, which will help drive traffic to record images on the custodians' or affiliates' sites. Full, free access to both the indices and images will be provided to family history centers, FamilySearch managed facilities, and the archives. If the record custodian seeks revenue to sustain operations, a small fee may be required to access images outside FamilySearch managed facilities or the archive.

For archives and heritage societies, the new program benefits include:

Digitally capture, preserve, and publish records online
Increase access to records while maintaining control and ownership
Increase patronage and business viability
Over 100 years of archival and publishing experience

For genealogy websites, the new program helps them:

  • Benefit from the knowledge and relationships of FamilySearch with the archival community worldwide


  • Significantly lower costs associated with acquiring, preserving, or providing access to data


  • Increase business viability and website traffic


  • Leverage an open platform that develops value-added services around FamilySearch, the world's largest repository of genealogical data.


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Renee Zamora

Partnership between Godfrey Memorial Library and FamilySearch

I saw this announcement first posted by Dick Eastman at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2007/05/godfrey_memoria.html. I will be at the Family History Center tomorrow and check to see if we have access to anything yet. I am surprised that FamilySearch.org doesn't mention anything about the partnership. Maybe it's to new to have something written up yet. Since it mentions Pual Nauta I trust it's a done deal before it was mentioned on their site. I am dying to see if we have access tomorrow.

May 11, 2007

Director Richard Black is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between Godfrey Memorial Library and FamilySearch

"We are excited to include Godfrey Memorial Library to our list of premium databases or services offered throughout FamilySearch centers worldwide. They provide some premier resources that will certainly be of great value to FamilySearch center patrons," said Paul Nauta, manager of public affairs for FamilySearch. "In return Godfrey Memorial Library will significantly broaden its reach and awareness by being introduced to scores of researchers through 4500 FamilySearch facilities in over 70 countries," Nauta added.

Many new genealogical websites and services are coming online everyday, making more and more records available. FamilySearch is teaming up with these online service providers like Godfrey Memorial Library to introduce patrons to these exciting services and provide even greater online access to the world's genealogical records. These premium services are available for free in family history centers, the Family History Library and FamilySearch operated centers.

FamilySearch is committed to providing as much genealogical data as possible to its patrons quickly and economically. The accomplishment of this initiative will come in part from its own programs, and others will come from affiliations with service providers like Godfrey Memorial Library. This will allow maximum and efficient use of industry resources.

Godfrey Memorial Library can greatly increase awareness of its services through the FamilySearch public distribution channels. FamilySearch workers will innately help patrons use/become familiar with Godfrey's online services. Some limited promotion by Godfrey will be allowed to properly introduce patrons to its full range of services.

Patrons to FamilySearch facilities get access to Godfrey's databases-an otherwise fee-based online service. The FamilySearch resources are frequented by mostly enthusiasts and professional researchers; many of which may elect to subscribe personally to the services for home or remote access.

http://www.godfrey.org/announce.html
Renee Zamora

"new FamilySearch" Rumors of Preparations to Roll

I really wanted to go the UVPAFUG Monthly Meeting today and listen to the presentation on World Vital Records. I am having car troubles and will be Skyping the meeting if everything goes well. At least I will get a copy of the meeting on DVD later so I can see their screen shots. Skype just needs to have good video options.

Well, that wasn't what I wanted to write about today. I wanted to give a little information on "new FamilySearch". First have you noticed that everyone is starting to use the acronym "NFS" to stand for "new FamilySearch"? It is so much easier and I will be using that acronym for it too. You can actually google "NFS" and get the right results for it. Keep that in mind if you want to search the web for what others are saying about NFS.

Have I teased you long enough? You really just want me to get to the rumors don't you. You want to know when NFS is coming to a temple district near you?Collapse )
Renee Zamora

FamilySearch Server Problems

Yesterday I got an email back on a problem I had with one of the links on FamilySearch. I was trying to download the new PDF guide of helpful websites found in the 30 Apr 2007 news article "Free Online Access to Records and Information". I thought you might like to hear what they said was going on with the FamilySearch site.

"If you have been trying to get the information from a link at www.familysearch.org in the last few days, you may have fallen victim to the dreaded server sappers. We have been having a server problem that has been raising havoc with searching and viewing the site. There is currently no estimate of the time/day that stability will be regained."

That didn't sound to encouraging to me. Oh, the PDF I wanted - I was able to download it by Googling the title: "Free Online Access to Records and Information", with the quotation marks in place. I was directed to a Spanish site that had the link that worked. Isn't that just to weird! It's a nice PDF by the way.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
Renee Zamora

UVPAFUG Monthly Meeting 12 May 2007

Utah Valley PAF Users Group

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 12 May 2007, from 9 am until noon in the LDS "Red" Chapel at 4000 North Timpview Drive (650 East), in Provo. The main presentation will be by Yvette Arts on WORLDVITALRECORDS.COM AND FAMILYLINK.COM: SOCIAL NETWORKING IN GENEALOGY AND FAMILY
HISTORY. http://worldvitalrecords.com is a new web site with historical and family history databases, including some LDS Church information. http://familylink.com/ , currently in beta test, is a
web site associated with WorldVitalRecords and which provides a way of networking people and families in family history.

Yvette Arts will be discussing what these sites are and how they can be used. She will be assisted by Whitney Ransom and Jason McGowan. Yvette Arts, currently a Vice President of WorldVitalRecords, hopes to bring more meaning and life to family history. Whitney Ransom, Director of Communications at WorldVitalRecords.com, is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at BYU in Instructional Psychology and Technology. Jason McGowan, Project Manager of FamilyLink.com, is from Alberta, Canada, but with roots in England.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history. As usual, there will be something for everyone at all levels of expertise. Following are the
classes currently scheduled for this meeting.
1. PAF 5: Introduction, by Ralph Hansen
2. PAF 5: Advanced Search, Custom Lists, and Global Search & Replace, by Duane Dudley
3. Using Voice Recognition in Microsoft Office, by Paul Buss
4. Q&A on WorldVitalRecords.com & FamilyLink.com, by Yvette Arts, Whitney Ransom, and Jason McGowan
5. Individual Mentoring, by Pat Andrus and Lynn Shumway
6. Video of last month's main presentation: New Property Database and Early LDS in Nauvoo and Iowa, by Harvey and Susan Easton Black
7. Legacy 6: Event Dates, by Dean Bennett
8. RootsMagic 3, by Sue Maxwell.

All meetings of the Users Group are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Users Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there
are usually 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. Several of the officers, including Gerhard Ruf, President; Don Snow, 1st VP; Brian Cooper, 2nd VP; Lynne Shumway, PAFology
Editor; Kay Baker, Membership Chairman; and Bruce Merrill, DVD & Video Librarian, will be there to help with membership, questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and
to check out videos and DVD's of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's
web site http://uvpafug.org . For further information see the web site or contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvpafug.org (225-6106), VP1 Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu, or VP2 Brian Cooper at vp2@uvpafug.org.