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AmericanAncestors free for 1 week, starting April 6th!

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Just to help spread the word, AmericanAncestors is offering one free week of access to their databases, starting April 6th. That’s over a billion records! Time to pull out the genealogy and break down a few brick walls. All you have to do is register for a free account.

AmericanAncestors free week

AmericanAncestors free week

AmericanAncestors.org “… provides family historians access to more than 1 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths in our content include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.”

Don’t miss out, sign up now for your free account.

 

 

April 7, 2016 |

Relative Finder from RootsTech 2016

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Relative Finder is a fun, free genealogy program that’s jokingly referred to as the “gateway drug to family history.” Check it out and you’ll see why: RelativeFinder.org.  Relative Finder is a genealogy program that was developed by Tom Sederberg at BYU. It’s been around a while but has a new look and some new features and kids and adults alike love it! And did you miss the “free” part? It’s free genealogy!!!

Relative Finder for finding your roots and relationships

Relative Finder from RootsTech 2016

I’ve created a short video if you’d like to see the program in action.

Relative Finder shows relationships between users and other people, living or deceased. To use Relative Finder you’ll need to have a FamilySearch account and tree and you’ll login with your FamilySearch account. FamilySearch is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you can create free trees on their site (a word to the wise, your FamilySearch tree shouldn’t be your only family tree or gedcom file–I’ll blog about another time.)

When I login, Relative Finder will show my relationships and the closest relationships will be displayed first. FamilySearch doesn’t let Relative Finder store information on living people so Relative Finder will see my deceased parent has a grandchild and tell me that grandchild is my son or nephew-it can’t discern between the two.

Relative Finder will return relationship results for any relationship you have with someone in a public group. Public groups include:

  • Authors/Poets
  • Business Leaders
  • Catholic-Saints and Popes
  • Classical Composers
  • Constitution Signers
  • Declaration Signers
  • European Royalty
  • Famous Americans
  • Famous Europeans
  • LDS groups including LDS prophets, apostles, pioneers, seventies, and more
  • Mayflower
  • Military Explorers
  • Movie Stars
  • Reformers
  • Salem Witch Trials
  • Science and Technology
  • US Presidents
  • US Presidents’ Wives

Relative Finder works best for people with European descent but but they keep adding interesting ancestral lines and it’s becoming more and more diverse.

You can create groups, join groups, or try to connect with someone by starting a Connect session and inviting them to join. (Again, they’ll need a FamilySearch account and tree-but it’s free!)

I created a group for my family and invited my siblings and their spouses and in-laws. My brother and his wife are 6th cousins! I’ve joined a group my neighbors created and we have fun seeing how closely we’re related (my closest is a 9th cousin but a few of my neighbors are 4th cousins).

My children love the public groups. I have a son who loves science and he likes to see his relationship to famous scientists. I’m 12th cousins with President Obama! After my husband learned my brother was named after a Mayflower ancestor he had the audacity to disprove that lineage. But I got the last laugh, Relative Finder shows that I’m still a Mayflower descendant (although from a different line). I’m a 12th great granddaughter of Richard Warren from the Mayflower. I’m not going to apply to the Society of Mayflower descendants without researching this but it’s fun to see and it’s a great place to start my research.

So if you’re an average person who’s not going to be chosen for Finding Your Roots or Who Do You Think You Are, but you’d like a peek at the possibilities, Relative Finder is for you. That’s why it’s called the gateway drug to family history. You know you wanna try it!

If you’d like more tips on Genealogy please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

 

 

February 26, 2016 |

How to get your FREE American Ancestors Account

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This is a free American Ancestors account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

NEHGS or AmericanAncestors.org

NEHGS or AmericanAncestors.org

AmericanAncestors.org is a website created by the staff at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. “Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the country’s leading resource for family history research. We help genealogists of all skill levels improve their knowledge and understanding of their family and its place in history. Although our name says New England, we provide expertise and research in nearly all aspects of family history, from 17th-century colonial New England through twentieth-century immigration research.” They have an online database with over 400 million searchable names. 

Follow these instruction to create your free American Ancestors account:

  • Log in to FamilySearch.org

(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “AmericanAncestors”
  • Select “Create Your Free American Ancestors Account”

FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE American Ancestors Affiliate Account” and you’ll be given the option to create a free American Ancestors account.

If you have never had an American Ancestors account,

  • Select “Continue for your Free AmericanAncestors.org Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial,

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your American Ancestors account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as AmericanAncestors.org, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, etc.

April 17, 2015 |

How to get your FREE findmypast Account

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This is a free findmypast account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FindMyPast.com

FindMyPast.com

Follow these instruction to create your free findmypast account:

  • Log in to FamilySearch.org

(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “findmypast”
  • Select “Create Your Free findmypast Account”

FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE findmypast Premium Account” and you’ll be given the option to create a free findmypast account.

If you have never had a findmypast account,

  • Select “Create Your Free findmypast Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial,

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your findmypast account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account and enjoy their free tree service, free records searches, attachable record hints and research suggestions, but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as findmypast.com, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, etc.

April 17, 2015 |

How to get your FREE Ancestry Account

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This is a free Ancestry account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com

“Ancestry.com LLC is the world’s largest online resource for family history with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its sites. Since starting as a publishing company in 1983, we have been a leader in the family history market for over 30 years and have helped pioneer the market for online family history research.”

Follow these instruction to create your free Ancestry account:

  • Log in to FamilySearch.org

(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “Ancestry”
  • Select “Create Your Free Ancestry Account”

FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE Ancestry Account” and you’ll be given the option to create a free Ancestry account.

If you have never had an Ancestry account,

  • Select “Create Your Free Ancestry Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial,

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your Ancestry account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account and enjoy their free tree service, free records searches, attachable record hints and research suggestions, but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FindMyPast.com, etc.

 

April 17, 2015 |
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