Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Roots Tech Video Classes at our Family History FAir

ROOTS TECH - what is it?

Sponsored by FamilySearch, RootsTech 2015 was held February 11–14 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The global conference featured an innovator summit, expo hall, well-known keynote speakers, more than 200 classes, hands-on computer labs, nightly entertainment, and a free family history day for Church members.

Formerly called developer day, this technology event was for programmers and technologists to share and collaborate on industry products and projects.  This year they had hundreds of technology and family history exhibitors and hands-on tutorial labs.  Also available were many sessions of instruction in all areas of family history.

CLASSES - Shown at our fair
Several of the live sessions have been recorded and permission given for Family History Centers to show these videos at our fair.  These sessions have been presented by knowledgeable and some professional teachers.  We are excited to show 4 of these classes at our fair this year.

9:30-10:30       Family History on the Go, Rhonna Farrer 
                            & Crystal Beutler
10:45-11:45     6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across 
                            the Internet, Janet Hovorka
12:30-1:30       Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories 
                            of your Life, Alison Taylor
1:45-2:45         Getting the Most from Ancestry, Crista Cowan, 
                            Amy Johnson Crow, and Juliana Szucs

There is no pre-registration - just show up and attend the classes.  In addition to these classes, we have special classes presented by Stacy Juilian and several booths demonstrating a variety of family history research tools.  

Bring the family, come get a FREE family photo, attend these Roots Tech classes and all of the other wonderful booths at our Family History Fair.  March 14 - 9-3.

For more information click HERE.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Professional Scrapbooker Teaches at our Fair

We are so excited to present Stacy Julian as a guest teacher at our Family History Fair this year (March 14, 2015).

Stacy is a wife and mother of five.  She has been in the scrapbooking industry for over 20 years.  She is an author, teacher (see some of her online classes at as well as many of her scrapbooking classes on You-Tube), and created a magazine called Simple Scrapbooks (which she has since sold).  She is a sought after Inspirational Speaker to audiences worldwide.  She loves to teach and has offered to teach some wonderful classes at our fair free of charge.

She will be teaching 3 classes (one is a repeat class).  Please pass the word to everyone as these classes are FREE at our fair.  No pre-registration is required but seats are first come first seat!

     11:00 - 12:00 -   Creating and Preserving Family Traditions and Memories
     12:00 - 1:00   -   Journals/Pictures Made Easy and Fun
     1:00 - 2:00     -   (repeat class)  Creating and Preserving Family Traditions and Memories

The fair is open to all so please come and enjoy!  Click HERE for more details.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

3 Weeks Until Family History Fair

Remember to mark your calendar to come to our 
Sandpoint Stake Family History Fair
in Sandpoint, Idaho on March 14, 2015.  

For complete details click HERE!

Please pass the word - invite your friends and neighbors.  This is a great opportunity to learn how you can do simple things to 
Strengthen Your Family Through Family History....
and it's FREE!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Family Home Evening

This last week for Family Home Evening, our son and his family came for dinner and a lesson.  Our lesson was on Family History.  We started by watching a cute little video to help start everyone off with an interest in doing family history.  After the video, we divided into groups.  I had 4 computers and assigned 2 or more to each computer.  My mother lives with us so my son was assigned to her. The oldest child was assigned to my husband, the next child to me, and their mom took the two little ones to help with her assignment.

Each child (counting my son - the dad of these kids - as a child) was to interview their person about a parent or a grandparent.  As the interview went along, the child typed what was being said in a word program.  When all was finished, each group then made sure the writing was corrected then published it on our Family Tree in FamilySearch.  It was more of a training assignment to teach how easy it is to add information to your ancestral lines.  Everyone was excited to actually accomplish this goal.

My daughter-in-law also ended up contacting FamilySearch by live chat to help her resolve a problem in her family tree.  She had her son (who is living) in there twice.  With the help of the "live chat" person (you can find this in the upper right hand corner of the FamilySearch screen under Help), she was able to delete one of the accounts so she now only has one child by that name.,

This was a fun and very successful family home evening and a great way to help others learn how simple it is to add information to their Family Tree.

For more information on how you can add stories to your family tree, go to and sign in (you will need to open an account to get to your own family tree - if you are a member of the LDS Church, use your record number.  This is a FREE program for everyone - not only members of the church).  Once you have signed in, you will see YOU as the first person.  You will then need to link your family members to you.  This program mostly works with deceased people.  You will need to manually add the living relatives to your tree.  When you get to a deceased person, try doing a search to see if they are already in the system somewhere.  When you find the right person, click to add them to your tree line.  If they were not in the system, you will need to also manually add them.

Once a person is added to your line, you can add photos, stories, and much more.  Go to FamilySearch and click on the Learning Center (click on Help in the upper right hand corner and then click on the learning center) or click HERE.

For more information and/or help, go to your local Family History Center for some one-on-one assistance.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Family History Fair 2015

We are excited to announce our 
2015 Family History Fair.  
Our theme this year is 

DATE:  March 14
TIME:  9am-3pm
LOCATION:  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Sandpoint, Idaho (across from the fair grounds)


Everyone is invited!  Please bring your family, friends, neighbors, children, grandparents, EVERYONE.  Dress is casual.  Stay for a few minutes or the whole day - Come and enjoy!

This is not just for genealogist but for everyone to learn ideas on how they can strengthen their family through learning about their family.  We will have a variety of booths to give you ideas on what you can do in family history.  We also have a Guest Teacher who will present 3 classes FREE. Lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day.  COME AND JOIN US for a day of fun and ideas.

GUEST TEACHER - Stacy Julian ( - Awesome teacher! Classes FREE
     11-12 - Creating and Preserving Family Traditions and Memories
     12-1 -   Journals/Pictures Made Easy and Fun
     1-2 -     (repeat class)  Creating and Preserving Family Traditions and Memories

PHOTO - Come get your family picture taken in old fashioned clothes (FREE - Take your picture home with you!)

FAMILY HOME EVENING - Get Family Home Evening ideas on how your family can share the love of their ancestors and each other through Family History.

PHOTO SHARING - Learn some basics about photo editing and putting your photos in Family Tree

TELL A STORY - Journal writing, putting stories on Family Search, and lots more.

DEATH RECORDS - Learn some basic research tools using death records.

MILITARY RECORDS - REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED -  Learn how to search for ancestors who served in the military.

INDEXING  - Join in on a World Wide Service Project - easy and helpful to all.  Learn how to help index some of the vast genealogical record collections recorded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  The information from these records are available to everyone free of charge.

SEARCH FOR YOUR FAMILY - Come into the Family History Center for some one-on-one assistance from experienced staff in searching for your family using some wonderful programs available online.

VIDEOS FROM ROOTS TECH - Every year Roots Tech presents wonderful teaching information at their tech seminars.  We will present several topics in video format of some exciting and informative lessons that will assist you in your research.

9:30-10:30       Family History on the Go, Rhonna Farrer 
                              & Crystal Beutler
10:45-11:45     6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across 
                              the Internet, Janet Hovorka
12:30-1:30       Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories 
                              of your Life, Alison Taylor
1:45-2:45         Getting the Most from Ancestry, Crista Cowan, 
                             Amy Johnson Crow, and Juliana Szucs

FREE LUNCH - Served from 11am-2pm (Soup, rolls, cookies, and drink) - Refreshments 9-3.


For questions or more information send us an email -


Friday, January 2, 2015

Newsletter to your email

We have now set up an email request for everyone that would like to hear more of what's going on in Family History and to offer encouragement to help you with your family history.  Look to the RIGHT side of this blog and fill in your email address.  You will be asked to follow through with the request by putting in the code and then going to your email folder, open up the email sent by FeedBurner and click on the link in blue.  That's it!

You will receive the actual post on this blog right in your email.  We will send announcements of activities in the area, hints that will help you with your research, some learning ideas to help you with problem areas you might be having when trying to use the computer or some of the genealogy programs.

Please feel free to email us at with questions or ideas of what you would like to learn.  We are here to help you.

This is for anyone and everyone - even if you don't live anywhere near Sandpoint, Idaho.  Go ahead, sign up now!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Everyone is always welcome at the Family History Centers.  It is FREE and one on one help is available to guide you in your search for your ancestors.  For information about times and locations, look in your phone book and find the nearest Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Give them a call and they will be happy to direct you to the nearest Family History Center in your area. 

To begin finding your family online with FREE website services, go to  You may begin searching millions of records for your family anywhere in the world.  If you register, you will be able to build a FREE online Family Tree.  Any of your family members will be able to contribute to this tree as it will be open to all of your family (once they register and connect to a deceased relative).  You will also be available to view lessons FREE from how to begin your research to how to do specialized research in a different country.  This is without a doubt the very BEST site to begin or continue your search for your family and it's FREE.