Friday, February 5, 2016

Access Fold3 Black History Records Free

Fold3 is making the records in its Black History collection available for free during the month of February. The Black History collection gives you access to more than a million documents, records, and photos in these collections:
  • Slavery
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws
  • World War I and II
  • The Civil Rights Movement
Visit their blog post  Black History Month 2016 - Access the Black History Records for more details and links to the free collections. These collections are free for the entire month of February.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Get a Taste of RootsTech from Home

It seems like the whole world of genealogists are at RootsTech 2016 in Salt Lake City right now. Except us. We're missing out on all the fun. But wait. We can still be part of the fun, and do it from our own homes, and it won't cost us a penny.

As in years past, RootsTech 2016 will stream several sessions live on the home page. And after the conference, recording of those sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time.

Below is the streaming schedule (all times are in MST):

Class Title
8:30 -10:00 a.m.
Thursday General Session
Steve Rockwood
Paula Madison
Bruce Feiler

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries
Mike Mansfield

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Best Websites and Apps for Local History
Amy Crow

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
What’s New in Family Tree in 2016
Ron Tanner

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Family Reunions
Joseph Richardson
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday General Session
Josh and Naomi Davis (Love Taza)
David Isay

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy
Lisa Louise Cooke

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Finding Elusive Records on
Robert Kehrer

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
My Ancestors Are from Britain—What Do I Do Next?
Myko Clelland
8:30  - 10:00 a.m.
Saturday General Session
Michael Leavitt

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m..
Photos—Emerging Technologies in Photography
Jens Nielsen

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry
Anne Mitchell

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers
Peggy Lauritzen

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success
James Ison

Just go to the RootsTech home page at and watch on your computer, laptop, or tablet. The stream will automatically refresh at the befinning of each session. If it does not, you will need to refresh by clicking the Refresh button on your browser.

So, grab your favorite beverage, prop your feet up, and join the fun at RootsTech. You can even wear your pajamas and bunny slippers.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Return of Family Tree Maker made the following exciting announcement on their blog:
New Family Tree Maker Options
Posted by Kendall Hulet on February 2, 2016 in Family Tree Maker

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, I am pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.


We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker, and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. Be sure to check back here on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

For more information on Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, click below:

    Software MacKiev:
To read more about how RootsMagic plans to handle the migration of Family Tree Maker and the upgrade to search and sync with Ancestry, visit their blog post RootsMagic and Ancestry: Working Together at Last.  To get more information about the transition of Family Tree Maker to MacKiev, visit their FTM webpage at

I imagine there are thousands of Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic users who feel like this right now:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fold3 Anniversary Sale

Fold3 is celebrating their 9th anniversary by offering a 40% discount on their website until January 31, 2016.

Fold3 has many military records you won't find anywhere else. They have the complete Revolutionary War Service & Pension Records and Confederate Civil War Service Records. They also have:
  • Union civil War Service Records
  • Civil War Widows Records
  • War of 1812 Pension Applications & Service Records
  • Mexican War Service Records
  • World War II Photos & Records
  • Holocaust Collection
  • Naturalization Records
  • Native American Records
And much, much more. A one year membership is currently $47.95, a 40% discount from their regular price. This offer expires January 31, 2016. Click here to go to the fold3 website to get started.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Free weekend at Find My Past Starts Friday, January 22

Find my past announced that from 5am Friday, January 22nd until 5am (MST) Monday, January 25, their world records will be made available for free! If you currently have a subscription for Britain, Ireland, US & Canada, or Australia & New Zealand records, you will have the World records available to you. And if you have a World subscription, you will get three days added to your current subscription.

FindMyPast records that will be available to everyone during this free weekend are:
  • Irish family history records
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.
  • The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • UK parish records from as early as 1538
  • Historical newspapers from across the world
  • UK military records
And much, much more.

For more information and to get started, visit

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Endogamy Genetic Genealogy Presentation


                proudly presents





2:00 PM


Free to SAJGS members,  $5.00 for guests, (applicable toward $36.00 membership).


        ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People
 (Ordering information available at

A professional genealogist, Israel has been a featured speaker at the Israel Genealogical Society, the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies, JGS groups around the US as well   as at the South Suburban Historical and Genealogical Society of Chicago and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  He has written for the IGS quarterly,  Sharsheret Hadorot,  the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly,  Avotaynu,  The Galitzianer,  and other genealogy publications.