Saturday, December 31, 2011

Family History.

For the last 32 years, I have had an interest in Family History. During this time, I have been a Family History Librarian, Stake Family History Consultant, Ward Family History Consultant. I have really enjoyed my time in the service in family history. When I first started family history, everything was done by paper and pen. You needed to go to a family history library or use snail mail correspondance to find information on your ancestors. Now family history is done on computers, internet and email. There are websites devoted to finding your ancestors. One such site is the Family Search site put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.  This site is free for anybody to use or contribute. Some of the records are now online for others to view.
Have you ever wanted to create a family history fan chart to pin on the wall, at home, or for a family re-union? This web site will help you create a fan chart. If you have not signed up, You will need to use your user name and password created while you were in family search or go to the login page to create an account. Your information will need to be in the family search site already for the fan chart to work.

If you want to contribute your family history, you can go to the family search site and enter your information.

If you want to volunteer in family history online, you can index records . This will help to make many of the online records searchable.

As a member of the LDS Church, family history work has become a very significant part of my life. We believe that the family unit can exist beyond this life and not "till death do us part." We do vicarious work for our ancestors in the LDS temples built all over the world. A display widget on the left side which shows many of the LDS temples.

One of the new terms in which you will here of in family history is to get your family history, "In the clouds". What this means in family history terms, is to  store or put your family history on a central database to share or collaberate. (This becomes useful, especially if you have stored alot of your genealogy on your own personal computer, and then your computer crashes!).  I have started a family history blog on my ancestors and can be found here.

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