Tech Tuesday: Search Gateway on FamilySearch

For several months, FamilySearch has teased me with search possibilities on the the page where I view all the details of a particular ancestor. I watched as the link to search records, on the FamilySearch Records pages, evolve from a simple "search records" link to one that said "FamilySearch". The links functionality had not changed, but the terminology had. My super-sense told me that something would be coming soon that might provide the opportunity to search more than just Recently, my hypothesis was proven correct, though little fanfare celebrated the change. I just logged in one day and noticed a difference.

When you look at the details for a particular ancestor and you look at the right hand side of the web page, you'll see a number of options grouped in boxes. The first boxed section will populate if FamilySearch has some hints to offer you. Do not be discouraged if you do not have receive hints. That doesn't mean there are no records available. It just means you might have to do some digging. And, a little hard work rarely hurts anyone.

This box also will have some other suggestions of potential problems and may suggest a person has a spouse or other children based on pattern assumptions. I won't get into those boxes, just know they could be there. If you haven't noticed this change, then you really need to log in to your account today! There could be some hints, or problems, waiting for you.

Making Plans for Texas State Genealogy Conference

My darling hubby and kiddos are making room in our schedule for me to attend the Texas State Genealogy Conference scheduled for Oct 31-Nov 1 in Austin, Texas. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Austin and is targeted towards genealogists and family historians of all skill sets.

Texas State Genealogy Society Conference

After reviewing the class schedule, I will be attending Friday and Saturday and then attempting a hasty drive back home to help our family celebrate Halloween as a superhero troop. (Can you guess who I'm going to dress up as? Do you think she should appear at the conference?) 

Double Header Photography Classes in Kingwood Texas

If you live in the Greater Houston Area and are interested in a few classes, I will be teaching at the Kingwood Library on 15 October 2015 on the topics of photography for family history. You do not have to be a dSLR toting expert to attend this class. If you are, you're welcome as well!

The first presentation is based on my Memorabilia series of posts on this blog. The second class stems from the lessons I learned while taking 500+ pictures at Ohio Cemeteries. I hope you'll come!

Mailbag: Get Caught Up With a Photobook Site?

Get Caught Up With Scrapbooking Using Photobook Site

One of my Power Scrapbooking - Get Caught Up, No Matter Your Scrapbooking Style readers knows how much I love creating my own pages using digital scrapbooking supplies and the program Photoshop Elements. However, she has a room full of photo boxes, a change in her family dynamics, and wants to get caught up.
So since we last talked about digital scrapbooking I have found out about several websites that make it pretty easy. They have templates where you can drop photos into it to make it go fast. So I am wondering what your latest preferences would be if you were starting where I am and wanted to accomplish years worth of scrapbooks in a short period of time? I just want it done!

5 Great Tips About Facing Brick Walls

5 Great Tips for Facing Brick Walls

I have a number of Brick Wall ancestors. Patiently I try to crack, write on, go around, or bust through the walls. I'd love to share some amazing success stories but alas, there is nothing to report just yet. However, I hope you'll remember these great tips from my friend at Genealogy Tip of the Day.

5 Layouts That Downplay Poorly Cut Original Photos

In my post, "Need Help Fixing Poorly Cut Photos" I openly discussed my abuse of photos with a common cutting tool known scissors! (Eeekk!!!)

Scrapbooking Don'ts
Oh my poor photo!

Through my heritage scrapbooking post series, I have shared my experimental methods to downplay the poorly cut photos. Here's a sampling of strategies:

5 Ways I Find Time For Family History

Family History and Home Schooling
How do I find time for family history while home schooling these kiddos?
If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times. How do you do it? How do you home school? Well, the answer is a topic for another day and possibly another forum. This initial puzzled analytical investigation of my daily life is regularly followed up with a second. How do you find time to do family history and scrapbooking while being so busy?


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