Monday, January 19, 2015

And the ROOTSTECH WINNER Is........

There were 32 entries in this year's Renee's Genealogy Blog contest for a FREE 3 DAY Pass ($239 value) to RootsTech 2015.  I recognized a lot of names on the result form spreadsheet.  To ensure absolute fairness I used the "True Random Number Generator" widget to pick a spreadsheet number.

The Winner is #21

      Doris Bateman

I'm excited to see Doris win. She's been a reader of Renee's Genealogy Blog since the early days of "new FamilySearch". She had not previously registered to attend RootsTech this year. Now she needs to rearrange her schedule because she's going to ROOTSTECH 2015!!!  How great is that!!!

There is still plenty of time for you to take advantage of Early Bird Registration ($159) available through January 23, 2015 at, before the prices increase to $239. Pricing does begin at $19 for a one-day beginners pass. 

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mapleton Family History Fair

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Annual Family History Fair

Join us on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at the LDS churc house located at 475 North Highway 89 in Mapleton, Utah for our annual family history fair. Ron Tanner of FamilySearch will be our keynote speaker, and our best-ever panel of instructors will offer twenty class sessions. The event is completely free, no registration is required, and we even offer a simple free pizza lunch for everyone in attendance.

Any unexpected changes to this schedule will be posted on the 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FamilySearch Launches New App Gallery

The following is from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch Launches New App Gallery

Find the right family history app for the job with the new FamilySearch App Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY (January 13, 2015)— today launched its online app gallery to help patrons more easily find partner applications or services to enhance their family history efforts. With just a few clicks, patrons can now search more than 50 apps to find those that meet their specific need, platform, operating system, and price. For example, if a patron is looking for a highly-rated app that will help them find specific records in their family tree, the app gallery will allow them to filter and find several relevant partner apps to choose from. The FamilySearch App Gallery can be found at .

The FamilySearch App Gallery, available online and accessible from a variety of handheld devices, allows patrons to browse, find, and learn about applications developed by FamilySearch partners. The gallery links patrons to partner sites where they can access and download the applications.
Partner offerings in the FamilySearch App Gallery interact with and support FamilySearch Family Tree. Patrons are encouraged to try the apps that fit their unique needs and to provide ratings and reviews.

“FamilySearch is a great resource, but FamilySearch alone can’t do everything. That’s why we work with partners to provide complementary tools and resources and why the FamilySearch App Gallery is so important,” said Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO. “We’ve had partners for many years, and now we want to make it easier for our patrons to know about them and to find the apps they need.”
View The Gallery

Friday, January 09, 2015

New RootsTech 2015 Schedule Tools Available!

The following is from RootsTech.

RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015

New scheduling tools are now available for RootsTech 2015

RootsTech 2015 Mobile App is now available for download.
RootsTech 2015 mobile app is now available for download
The new RootsTech 2015 conference app is now available to download, giving you access to all of the conference information, including classes, exhibitors, speakers, and more.
With the conference app, you can:
  • Create a personalized class schedule.
  • Find speaker information.
  • Discover exhibitor details
  • Connect with other conference attendees.
  • Tweet and post your favorite quotes and pictures at RootsTech.
  • And more!
Plan for RootsTech 2015, and download the RootsTech 2015 conference app today at the App Store and Google Play.

Class schedule available on
Another tool available is the newly enhanced schedule page at Find your favorite classes and plan ahead by using the keyword search feature and schedule filters.
This tool allows you to view classes by day, class category, pass type, family history level, and technology level, which makes it easy to find the exact class you’re looking for.