Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mormon Entrepreneur - Family History Issue

I received the following email from Mormon Entepreneur that I am passing along to you.  It's a great read. I really loved hearing the stories on how the movers and shakers in the genealogy world got their start and what drives them. Enjoy!
Dear Renee,
I wanted to share the following with you and would appreciate you sharing this with your readers or others you may find interested:
Mormon Entrepreneur has published their latest issue on Family History entrepreneurs. Published online every other month, Mormon Entrepreneur seeks to engage aspiring entrepreneurs through the stories of successful entrepreneurs. The result is a community of entrepreneurs engaged in each others success. In this issue, Alan Eaton (, Janet Hovorka (Generation Maps), John Vilburn (Ohana Software), Paul Allen (, and Russ Wilding ( are highlighted. Learn about about OneGreatFamily's latest project Ask yourself, “Would I do Family History work if it took only one click to find a family member that I could take to the temple?" Read their stories online at Enjoy.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

FamilySearch Wiki now works with LDS Account

FamilySearch Wiki now works with the new LDS Account logins.

To see this, go to and click 'Sign in'. You should then see the LDS Account page. You can also log in to the wiki as a new user that way.

If you have previously registered for the Wiki, you can combine accounts by doing the following:

1. Go to the wiki and sign in, using the current username and password.

2. After signing in, go back to the main page by clicking on the FamilySearch logo.

3. Look to the right. The last item under 'personal tools' should say 'Combine accounts'. Click on hat, and follow the instructions.

4. After combining accounts, you can confirm it took by first clicking on the FamilySearch logo at the top left, then look for 'Recent edits' on the main page (below the search box and with other things). You will see an e ntry on the recent edits page for a 'user migration log'. You'll see the old name migrated from and where you migrated it to. Don't worry, if you do it now, you should be able to keep the same name if they are indeed the same, otherwise it will be your LDS Account username.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Ring in 2010 with 10 days of $10 discounts on FamilyInsight

As a celebration of the coming year from Ohana Software.

Have you been wanting to try FamilyInsight? Now is the time. The price will never be lower.

For the next 10 days you can get $10 off of the FamilyInsight download version ( reg price $25) or the FamilyInsight CD version (reg. price $35) by using the following Promo code when you order.


Just enter this code in the Promo code box in your shopping cart as you are checking out.

Valid until Midnight Jan 10, 2010 for the first 1000 customers to use the code.

This discount code cannot be combined with any other discount.

Also today is the last day to enter to win 2 free tickets to the Mesa Family History Expo held in January.

Just add Enter to win Mesa Family History Expo tickets

to your cart as you checkout. It's free.

Watch for a new contests coming soon.

Happy New Year from Ohana Software

Mark Your Calendars - UVPAFUG Meeting!


The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 9 Jan 2010, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "RED" CHURCH AT 4050 North 650 East (Timpview Drive), Provo, Utah. NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION. This chapel is within one mile of where we have been meeting for the past year. It is the same location where we met for the prior 15 years. A map showing the old and new location is located at .

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Janet Hovorka on COMPARING NEW FAMILYSEARCH CERTIFIED SOFTWARE. She will will compare the features available in the various software programs that have been certified by the LDS Church to interface with New FamilySearch, including Ancestral Quest, Family Insight, Legacy, and Roots Magic. Questions will be welcome. Janet Hovorka has a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and an MA in Library Science from BYU and held positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College before having her children. She has been teaching classes at local, regional and national genealogical conferences for a number of years. Janet and husband Kim own Generation Maps, an online genealogy chart printing service. She authors the Chart Chick Blog (

Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history. As usual, there will be something for everyone at all levels of expertise. The teachers and classes currently scheduled for this meeting are the following:
  1. Duane Dudley on Searching for Completed Ordinances in New FamilySearch
  2. George Scott on Getting to Know New FamilySearch (Class 3 of 4)
  3. Venita Parry on Genealogy on Your MAC
  4. Janet Hovorka on Will Your Family History Work Survive the Digital Age?
  5. Marlo Schuldt on Easier Scanning - An Art And A Science - video of last month's main presentation
  6. Gaylon Findlay on Ancestral Quest
  7. Joel Graham on Legacy
  8. Bruce Buzbee on Roots Magic.
All meetings of the Users Group are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Users Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 100-150 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Don Snow and Brian Cooper, VP's; Beth Ann Wiseman, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker, Gerry Eliason, and Don Engstrom working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill, and Marie Andersen, working with the DVD Library. Several of these will be there to help with membership, answer questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and check out DVD's of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's website and the press releases are at For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106) or VP1 Don Snow at