Tuesday, October 26, 2010

No More Classes this Year!

Just a reminder that there are no more classes this year.  Please call the Family History Center if you need specific help and wish to come in or email us with your questions.  Be sure to check out the different tabs on this website for links to many helpful places online.

Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday - 9am-3pm
            Wednesday - 12 noon - 8pm

Phone - 208-263-3327 (FHC hours only)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sign Up to do Indexing

Indexing for FamilySearch is a service to all who are searching for their family.  You can help, whether you are LDS or not.  If you want to help yourself and others, if you have time to spare (even a little), if you want to make a difference, if you want to feel good about doing something very good, then you should try Indexing.

YOU CAN HELP. No special skills or fixed time commitments are required. Volunteer when you can. Just register, sign in, and follow a simple process:
  1. Select a “batch” of records to download to your computer.
  2. Enter the requested information (names, dates, events, etc.) in the corresponding spaces.
  3. Submit your completed index to the online system.
So how do you get started?  First, make sure you have the program JAVA downloaded onto your computer (it is free). 
  1. Click Download Now to download the Indexing program installer.
  2. Run (open) the Installer to set up the Indexing program on your computer.
  3. Click the new desktop icon to run the Indexing program.
  4. Follow instructions to create a new FamilySearch Account (if you don't already have one).
  5. Sign in and begin indexing!
It's fun, addictive, and helpful to all so why not give it a try.  Let me know if you have any questions or problems -  FHCsandpoint@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Webinars - A New Way to Learn Online

Hi everyone!  I got an email from Legacy Family Tree which is a company that has a variety of programs available - one being a genealogy program called Legacy.  As you know, I use Roots Magic but being the director of a Family History Center, I also have other programs available at the center and Legacy is one of them.  Anyway, I got this email from them today discussing their Legacy Webinars that are coming up and also ones that have recently played.  I wend to the site and was quite excited about the classes that they offer.

A Webinar is a seminar on the web - simple!  You sign up to participate or can also attend in person.  There are many neat things about participating in a webinar and one is that you can ask questions live and the speaker can address your question with an answer to EVERYONE live!  People sign up from all over the world so it gets really exciting.

Anyway, when I went to the site, I clicked on a class that had already happened but they had a link where I could listen to the webinar only I could not participate as the webinar was at an earlier date.  I listened to the one on Blogging.  It was a lesson for beginners.  Most of the people listening and participating in the webinar had never set up a blog for themselves and some had never even heard about blogs.  The instructor explained in very easy steps how to begin a blog and all of the little ins and outs of blogging.  It was very informative.

There are a couple of webinars scheduled - on Oct 23 is Evidence Analysis, Oct 27 is New Family History Technology, and on Nov. 3 is Organize, Share, and Publish Your Digital Photos with Heritage Collector Suite. 

Some of the past webinars that you can listen to are:  Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE, Sharing Genealogy Electronically, Helping Unlock the World’s Records – An Insider’s Perspective on FamilySearch Indexing, and Mapping Software for Genealogists (this requires Windows Media Player to view it).

There is no charge to watch or participate in the webinars.  You will need to register to get the live webinar but you may watch the previously recorded webinars at any time free of charge and without registering.  They have some very interesting topics available and are here to help us all with researching our ancestors.  Give it a try.

Ports of Entry

I know that a lot of people have family that came to the US through a variety of Ports of Entry.  Cyndi's List has a good connection for finding those ports.  Check out her website under Ports of Entry to see if you can locate your ancestors.