Friday, September 19, 2014

Gather Your Fondest Grandma Stories

The following is from FamilySearch.

Campaign Aims to Gather Your Fondest Grandma Stories

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—If you could share ONE story about your grandma, what would it be? That’s the question nonprofit FamilySearch International ( is nudging people worldwide to respond to as part of its worldwide #meetmygrandma social media campaign, September 20-30. FamilySearch announced the campaign today, seeking 10,000 stories in 10 days to kick off the global initiative where descendants are invited to share and preserve online or through a mobile app the fond memories or stories about their grandmothers’ charms or idiosyncrasies. Find out more at

“Heart-warming experiences with a beloved grandmother are at the heart of many fond memories from our formative years, or even adulthood,” said Brad Lowder, International Marketing Director for #MeetMyGrandma campaign. “All you have to do is ask a person to share a special memory about their grandmother, and they immediately wax sentimental as they recount a heartfelt story or wise saying they cherish from a grandmother. We want to encourage people to capture for future generations those stories that make their grandmothers so special.” offers a free international service for families to share their family histories, memories, photos, and historic documents online and preserve them for future generations. If you are fortunate to have a grandma still living, the free FamilySearch Memories mobile app (IOS only for now) allows individuals to audio record their grandmother and save those recordings online. And there are 20 fun questions to ask your grandma to help write and preserve her personal history in her own words online.

“The #meetmygrandma campaign encourages families to have fun as each member of the family shares their personal perspectives of what makes their grandmothers so special to them,” added Lowder. Their stories, and those contributed by other family members and relatives, are saved to a dynamic online profile dedicated specifically to their grandma, along with any photos and digital artifacts submitted.

One youth contributor wrote, “Grandma Ella likes to Fly. Age 80 isn’t too old to fly. She discovered she loves jumping out of airplanes. Now I know where I get my adventurous personality.” He included a picture of her skydiving with her coach. Another woman tells how her grandmother suffered for 20 long painful years from cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other illnesses, but still managed to run a successful business from her bed.

The launch of the initiative runs from September 20–30, but the campaign will run indefinitely. Go to for more information.

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, September 23, at 8:00 PM Central, where Luana Darby, MLIS will present Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD).  To attend this webinar, register at

Upcoming Webinars

September 23 – Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)
Presenter:  Luana Darby, MLIS

October 14 – Hunting for Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals 
Presenter:  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

November 11 – Evaluating What You Have Found: The Third Stage of Research
Presenter:  Barbara Renick

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit

Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner.  To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September Consultant Webinar! Member Triage: Adapting to Individual Needs

The following is from FamilySearch.

Family trees come in many shapes and sizes. Some members may have several generations of ancestors on their family tree. Some may have only a few. Some may have only themselves. In the next consultant webinar, Member Triage: Adapting to Individual Needs, you can learn how to:
  • Identify the most common tree situations.
  • Customize the help that you provide to each person.
  • Help members in a variety of circumstances bring their ancestors to the temple.
To register, click on the time below that best works for you:
The number of participants is limited.
After you register, an email will be sent to you explaining how to find and attend the webinar.

Our presenter will be Beth Taylor, CGSM. Beth is a two time family history consultant, a credentialed genealogist, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history. She has been working for FamilySearch since 2005 and loves learning and teaching about how new websites and technology can help you find and share your family stories.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Worldwide Indexing Event Follow-up

The following is from FamilySearch.

You Helped Make History!

Thank you for participating in the recent Worldwide Indexing Event. The response from our valued volunteers like you was incredible! We hope your experience was a good one. 
Now what?
  1. Elder Neil L. Andersen has challenged the youth of the Church to take their own family names to the temple this year. We want to extend that challenge to all indexers, both youth and adults. Will you find the name of an ancestor that you can submit to the temple this year?
  2. While you’re at it, invite your family members to join you—in both indexing and submitting at least one family name for temple work—so all can enjoy these blessings. Remember, every batch you index can help someone else find his or her missing ancestor, so please continue.
Thank you again for all you are doing to help hasten the work of salvation through family history!

The FamilySearch Indexing Team