Saturday, February 20, 2016

Received at the Library

The lead article in Family Tree magazine for Nov./Dec. 2015, "Solve family puzzles with DNA," relates to our just past monthly meeting topic.  Judging from the attendance, this is of great popular interest!  This article's emphasis is on approaches to working with the DNA match list resulting from autosomal DNA.  Kerry Scott discusses using Evernote for genealogy, and Amanda Epperson gives extensive information about marriage records.  In "Analyze this!" Michael Tait walks us through ways of reconciling conflicting data found in records.  An extensive article on Welsh genealogy sources points out that Welsh surnames are limited being historically derived from the father's first name, making research that much more complex.  Other topics treated briefly include: Elephind, Reunion 11, the history of softdrinks, and preservation of family linens.

The Idaho Genealogical Society's Quarterly newsletter for winter 2015 has a couple of articles with tips on cemetery research, including picture-taking.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Rootstech 2016 February 3-6 2016

You won't want to miss Rootstech 2016 taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah.  There are world class speakers and a variety of interesting classes, something for everyone. You can attend without leaving the comfort of your home. View the whole schedule and download any handouts that are of interest.

Find out what's available by going to their website at There are fifteen live streaming classes which you can watch from home over the three day period.  Once you get to the website, click on the words: Live Stream Schedule or just go to for the class listing.  Some of the available classes for viewing are:  Best Websites and Apps for Local History, Finding Elusive Records on, and Using Genealogical Proof Standards for Success.

You can download the syllabus for each class in which you are interested, even if it is not available for viewing via live stream. If you miss any of the classes,  they will be available for viewing for a limited time on the rootstech website homepage after the conference.

Have fun! Learn something new!