Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Update on the Status of the Mesa FamilySearch Library

I received some information today that indicates that Mesa FamilySearch Library may not re-open for an extended time. There are apparently some further issues that need to be resolved and even if those issues are resolved, work will not begin on the structure in the near future. Sorry to be so vague, but essentially all I can deduce is that the Library will remain closed for an extended period of time.

Sad news.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Taking a look at Rootsmapper

There are now 95 apps listed in the App Gallery. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting many of these "apps" and commenting on their functions. I do not intend to "review" these programs, but I will try to explain how or why they might be useful. I have chosen the program as my first highlight.

Some people, like me, are graphically oriented. I remember things better when I can visualize them. has a very visually oriented interface that shows you within seconds the connections your family has with other countries. Here is a YouTube video explaining the program:

Here is another video explaining how to use the program:

Getting Started with Indexing from FamilySearch

FamilySearch has just released a cute new video about getting started with Indexing. We need to be reminded about how valuable Indexing is to the entire genealogical community.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FamilySearch Partner up for sale

From time to time, I have a blog post that has interest to both readers of this blog and my older blog, Genealogy's Star. Today, there is an article about the potential auction sale of Since this could impact members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have a "free" account with, I suggest this link to read the article:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Closer Look at FamilySearch Community Trees

I recently wrote about the addition of the Community Trees website to the Genealogies section of The Genealogies section of the website is located from a link in the pull-down menu below the "Search" tab at the top of each of the pages of the website. There are four huge collections in the Genealogies section. Each of the four collections has its own idiosyncrasies.

In this post, I am focusing on the Community Trees section. This is the only one of the four sections that has been and continues to be operated as a separate website, quasi-independently of  The complete website has a number of different sections as shown on the startup page above. One unique section contains both the audio recordings and transcripts of oral histories containing records of 5,379, 468 individuals, mainly from the Pacific area islands and Africa. There are presently 13, 968 different sources. Here is a screenshot showing the top 30 places where the oral histories were recorded:

I am not sure that the people living in these areas or who have immigrated from these area are aware of this unique resource. The Oral Histories section the Community Tree website also has an interesting collection of headstone records. The records on Community Trees are exhaustive and complete for the areas covered, but they are also very specific and limited in their coverage. Dismissing the websites because you do not immediately see its scope of its usefulness, is a mistake.

Some of the core collections of the Community Trees involve huge accumulations of sourced members of European royal families. This is a resource many people could well take advantage of, especially considering the number of ancestral lines on the Family Tree purport to include royalty. It might be interesting for those people who have copies of copies of records to see what is and what is not in the sourced records. You may want to take a look at the following collection: Royal and Noble Families of Europe.

It is possible that adding the ability to search this valuable website to may increase interest in the actual website. I suggest that you review the scope of the website before making any searches.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What Happened to the FamilySearch link on

If you have used recently, you should be aware that the program has been "updated" with a whole new look. The content and look of the individual detail pages has changed. Here is a screenshot of the new look:

I have been getting a lot of comments about the "new look," as I do with the major change in any of the major genealogy websites. However, there is a real issue here. Previously, the detail page for each individual in my family tree gave me the option of connecting that individual with the Family Tree. The link allowed me to share information between the two programs and add family members from Family Tree to my family tree.

This link does not appear in the new design of the individual detail pages. I have searched carefully in every menu and link but cannot find the previously available connection? Anyone out there know if the link is available and if so, its location? I hope there is no serious reason for the link's disappearance.

Monday, May 18, 2015

LDS App has extensive Family History resources

The LDS Library app for mobile devices has added a huge library of Temple and Family History resources. Here is a screenshot of the place to download the app from

The Temple and Family History resources appear as a selection on the main Library menu list of icons. Here is another screenshot from my iPhone showing the icon:

There is an extensive library of resources in this one section of the app. The list includes the following categories:

  • Family Discovery Days
  • Member's Guide to Temple and Family History
  • October 2010 Ensign
  • Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple
  • Endowed from on High
  • Getting Started
  • Member Experiences
  • Priesthood Leadership
  • Indexing
  • Missionary Work
  • Server Others
  • Beginning Research
  • Church Service Missionaries
  • FamilySearch Facts

You may not have noticed this section on your mobile device and perhaps others have not either. Please take the time to alert others about this valuable Temple and Family History resource through Facebook, Google+ and other social media outlets.