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RootsTech 2021 Will Be Held Entirely Online

RootsTech 2021 Will Be Held Entirely Online

FamilySearch has announced that RootsTech 2021 will be held in February as a free, virtual event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual family history conference originally scheduled for February 3–6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will now be held online February 25–27, 2021. “The pandemic is giving us the opportunity to bring RootsTech to a broader audience worldwide,” said …

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Key Takeaways and Inspiring Moments from This Year’s Roots Tech

This past week Salt Lake City found itself nearly overrun with thousands of genealogists from all over the world for the highly anticipated event, Roots Tech. Roots Tech is a convention of sorts for all things relating to Family History. Companies such as Family Search, Ancestry, and 23 and Me arrive to showcase new software, products, and innovations in the …

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FamilySearch Now Lets You Document Same-Sex Family Relationships

FamilySearch Now Lets You Document Same-Sex Family Relationships

FamilySearch is one of the world’s largest collections of genealogical data, drawn from civil, ecclesiastical and other sources to be assessed for their genealogical value by each researcher. As announced in a news release, FamilySearch Family Tree now provides the ability for users to document same-sex family relationships. Consistent with the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …

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RootsTech Hosts First International Conference in London

RootsTech Hosts First International Conference in London

RootsTech held its first-ever family discovery conference outside of Salt Lake City, Utah at London’s ExCeL Convention Centre (24-26 October). With a total of 42 countries represented, nearly 10,000 attendees came from across the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world, exploring innovative ways to connect with ancestors and celebrate family heritage. Special guests …

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Family History: Stories of The Past Connect Us With Our Present

Finding your family history is becoming easier than ever, and the stories we can learn can give us the strength to meet our daily challenges. With applications such as Family Search, Ancestry, and even DNA tests to show us the entire makeup of our genealogy, learning about our family history is becoming easier than ever. People are feeling so much …

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FamilySearch Users Can Now Correct Name Indexing Errors

FamilySearch Users Can Now Correct Name Indexing Errors

With a new update to FamilySearch, the family history organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comes the ability to correct indexing errors. When a file is indexed, a digital database is created so the record can be easily searched online. However, indexing errors occur for a variety of reasons, from human error to hard-to-read handwriting. …

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BYU Students Help Find Families of MIA Soldiers

BYU Students Help Find Families of MIA Soldiers

In a powerful and life-impacting family history product, students at the BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy are working alongside the United States Army to locate families of missing servicemen so their remains can be brought home. The students have been assigned 65 cases and have solved 48 of them so far. After the students come up with the …

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FamilySearch.org to Redesign Site to Include Same-Sex Relationships

FamilySearch.org to Redesign Site to Include Same-Sex Relationships

FamilySearch.org released a statement yesterday announcing the start of a website redesign that will allow users to record same-sex relationships on their family tree. The system updates will require time and are expected to be launched in 2019. The full statement reads: The goal of FamilySearch.org is to capture, store, and provide records and an accurate genealogy that represents past, …

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The Story That Turned Me Off Family History…& What Brought Me Back

The Story That Turned Me Off Family History...& What Brought Me Back

My grandmother was a frank woman. Witty, intelligent, refined, bold. And very, very frank. Over the years, I came to appreciate this quality in her, but it wasn’t always easy. One conversation in particular struck my heart hard. I was visiting for Thanksgiving and I had just pulled up our family tree on Family Search. I showed my grandmother the research …

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Do You Have an Early Mormon Missionary in Your Family Tree?

Do You Have an Early Mormon Missionary in Your Family Tree?

FamilySearch announced the release of a fun new feature that connects you with ancestors of Utah pioneers who served missions in the first hundred years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Early Mormon Missionaries database, announced at RootsTech 2016 by Elder Steven E. Snow, is a collaborative effort between FamilySearch, the Church History Library, and the …

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