FamilySearch’s New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find!

« FamilySearch International, a leader in historical records preservation, has launched its new web-based indexing tool. Indexing is a technology used to make the world’s historical records freely searchable online for family history research. The new program makes it easier for online volunteers to participate using web-enabled computers, laptops, or tablets, and enables FamilySearch to expedite its online publishing of completed indexes.

New features enable volunteers to work on tablets, modify the layout of their dashboard based on personal preferences, set and track individual goals, and create groups with friends or others interested in working on a common project.

Global nonprofit FamilySearch digitally preserves billions of historical records online to help individuals with their family history research. It has published billions of images of historic records from all over the world online. Researchers can find the record images in FamilySearch’s Catalog or Historic Records Collections online. But searching through billions of images online in search of one’s elusive ancestors is not fun for the average person. They want to type in an ancestor’s name and known context, press Enter, and voilà, see highly matched results from their search query.

« That requires an index, » said Jim Ericson, marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. « Until the records are indexed online, they can only be discovered by browsing through often enormous collections of digital images. With a digital index, researchers can locate records in seconds by using a person’s name and other helpful information as search terms. A searchable index saves researchers time and effort by returning search results from the entire collection in a matter of seconds. »

Ericson says the new web-based indexing platform will enable more volunteers to participate worldwide and increase the rate at which FamilySearch can make indexed records accessible online. « It is a straight-forward experience that no longer requires people to download software, » said Ericson.

Using the new tool enables volunteer indexers to help make it possible for millions of people to have personal family history discoveries quickly with just a few keystrokes. Indexing also fuels hints, a new feature on FamilySearch.org that makes finding records even easier by mapping indexed records against a person’s family tree and sharing high probability ancestral matches with them.

The web-based indexing program also has new built-in helps, plus a lab section that allows you to test upcoming product features and enhancements for the new program.

For first-time volunteers, simple training provides step-by-step instructions. To participate, go to FamilySearch.org/indexing, and click the link to web indexing. »

(FamilySearch)

L’enregistrement pour RootsTech 2018 est ouvert !

Tous à bord, c’est parti :  Les inscriptions pour  RootsTech 2018 sont ouvertes !

Des prix spéciaux sont disponibles pour les premiers arrivés (la chouette formule « Early Bird ») mais il y en aura pour tous les âges, tous les niveaux de généalogie et toutes les formules possibles.

S’il est une grande qualité qu’on peut reconnaitre à ce salon, c’est son organisation et sa planification merveilleuse !

Rien de plus simple pour s’inscrire, Il suffit de suivre la procédure ici   et de se laisser guider par les formulaires !  Des suggestions vous sont également proposées en termes de logement ( avec des réductions pour les participants ) et de séjour à Salt Lake !

Le mercredi 28 février 2018  sera le coup de départ du salon avec les interventions trés attendue de Steve Rockwood, le CEO de FamilySearch et la nouvelle formule de l’Innovation Showdown qui se décline maintenant en Showcase où les dernieres tendances en matière de technologies d’appui à la généalogie seront présentées….et soumises au vote notamment du public ce qui promet une belle émulation !

N’hésitez plus, foncez vous inscrire, vous ne le regretterez pas!

( Et si vraiment, vous ne savez en être, de nombreuses sessions seront disponible en live, vous pourrez donc participer à cette grande fête de chez vous ! )

 

 

 

 

FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

« Salt Lake City, Utah (30 August 2017), Thursday, September 7, 2017, marks the closing of an 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model. FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm circulation services in concert with its commitment to make billions of the world’s historic records readily accessible digitally online. (See FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). As its remaining microfilms are digitized, FamilySearch has provided additional information to users of its historic microfilm program. Find and share this news announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

FamilySearch, a global leader in historic records preservation and access, began microfilming historic records in 1938. Advancements in technology have enabled it to be more efficient, making an unbelievable tide of digital images of historic records accessible much quicker online and to a far greater customer base.

FamilySearch released a list of helpful facts and tips to help patrons better navigate the transition from microfilm to digital.

QUICK FACTS AND TIPS

  • Patrons can still order microfilms online until Thursday, September 7, 2017.
  • After film ordering ends, if customers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support (Toll Free: 1-866-406-1830).
  • All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch—over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).
  • The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.
  • New digital images are available as they are scanned in the FamilySearch.org Catalog.
  • Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.
  • Affiliate libraries now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.
  • Visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will still be able to order needed microfilms to use during their research visits.

HOW TO FIND DIGITAL IMAGES ON FAMILYSEARCH

Digital image collections can be accessed today in 3 places on FamilySearch.org, all under Search.

  • Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch’s digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.
  • Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.

For additional help, see Finding Digital Images of Records on FamilySearch.org, or watch this how-to video “Where are the digitized records on FamilySearch?

“FamilySearch is committed to meeting customers’ needs as much as possible during this transition to digital access,” said Diane Loosle, FamilySearch’s Director of Patron Services. “We really appreciate the wonderful feedback we have received since the initial announcement. It is helping us better facilitate customer experiences during this next phase.”

Loosle said FamilySearch’s over 5,000 family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.

See Frequently Asked Questions: Digital Access Replacing Microfilms for more information. »

RootsTech 2017 : Des ancetres, des archives…

et des passionnés. PLEIN de passionés !

Et voilà ! Roots Tech 2017 a éteint ses derniers projecteurs, l’avion a atteri et il est temps de vider sa besace et de faire le bilan de cette édition,riche en émotions et en apprentissages que ce soit par les différentes sessions organisées que par les « grands évenements » en marge du show.

Qu’en retenir ? Comme le souligne Guillaume de Morant ici , la généalogie génétique a le vent en poupe aux USA. Peut-être un peu trop à nos yeux d’Européens? Cela reste à voir. Ce qui est en tout cas avéré c’est que l’ampleur d’une manifestation telle que RootsTech démontre d’un engouement du public américain pour la généalogie, fort loin de faiblir et ce alors que le marché est établi depuis plusieurs années maintenant.

Le show « à l’américaine », rodé à la seconde près et avec des invités de renom plaisant au grand public achève une impression générale extrèmement positive, véhiculeur de messages forts axés sur l’importance de la famille, la transmission inter-générationnelle et le souvenir. Et au fond, pourquoi pas? C’est certes à des années-lumières de la façon de faire de la généalogie en Belgique ou en France par exemple, ou en tout cas jusqu’au début du XXIe siècle mais c’est,je pense, un exemple intéressant à explorer et exploiter.

D’autant que la dite « keynote »  se déroule le matin et qu’il donne le ton d’une journée thématique : la journée dédiée à l’héritage afro-américaine ( avec un moment fort émouvant quand Thom Reed de FamilySearch a donné à l’acteur LeVar Burton des informations sur son histoire familiale :

( c) Mormon Newsroom )

la journée des familles et la généalogie biologique le samedi.

Le hall dévoué aux exposants,plein les trois jours, permet de se familiariser avec les entreprises, leaders du marché ou challengers, tous rivalisant d’imagination pour susciter l’interet des visiteurs.

A noter une belle présence internationale ! ( coucou Famicity, Geneanet, Filae, Into The Past, Museo Del Cognome… ) , une super ambiance au sein de l’équipe « média/reseaux sociaux » ( Et PLEIN de matos ramenés pour des futurs articles et réflexions!) et des chouettes fêtes en marge de ce jours de folies!

A très vite RootsTech!

 

 

 

In the heart of the great War!

Links between civilians and the military forces will be the focus In Mons next October.

Call for papers’s deadline early March (see link for details) . Sounds promising!

https://intheheartofthegreatwar.wordpress.com/

 

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Research and support!

If you have ancestors in Belgium, Luxemburg, Northern France and (part of) The Netherlands, I can help you find them!  No matter if you need some infos only or a full tree, no research’s too small ! Every research is completed by a report of what found, what not and suggestions on where to look next!

Do contact me at BELGIANROOTS AT GMAIL  DOT COM for a quote and it will be my great pleasure to see what I can do for you!

Support, Help, Assistance, Participation, Board

 

Great things to see and experience at RootsTech 2017 !

All genies around the globe are getting more excited than kids at Christmas, Roots Tech is getting near !

Meeting at the world capital of family history, thousands will gather to hear, talks,exchanges and discover around our common passion and motivation : genealogy ! I guess the best way to describe the experience is unbelievable !

There are :

– innovations shows where developers, IT people, social networkers and apps-mad crowd meet to build the family history products of tomorrow!

-Exhibitors Hall where companies and societies presents their services and more!

– Conferences, lectures and workshops : To learn from all kind of subjects ,from rookies know-how « I’d like to find my ancestors but haven’t got a clue » to very detailed points or subjects such as dutch, french, belgian 😉 , naval, army, soldiers ancestors and the set of records attached to each of the categories and much more!

This being the U.S. , there are studies and societies for every State and every community. A special attention this year will be to African Heritage with a special dedicated day (and the highlight of it, LeVar Burton, renowned actor from Star Trek, coming to share his genealogical experience and how you too can take part in this great journey!)

-There will be shows as well! I was quite and pleasantly surprised to discover that side of Roots Tech, last time I heard Choirs, popular singers and folkloric band, that was just awesome! My favorite show was a small one,in comparison to shows taking place in the big hall, it was a cow boy dance! Apart from one demo at the belgian national day one year, I had never seen one and  there you go, I was 5 years old again!

There are lots of great things to do, think of and discover at Roots Tech! It »s one of those shows where you leave with a better knowledge, new research paths or thoughts and yes too, feel a better person ! So I can’t wait to renew my RT experience again and meet old and new friends!

Come On’! Join the fun!

 

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21 Juillet 2016 ! 21st July 2016 !

Une belle fête nationale à toutes et tous,

que vos ancêtres se trouvent à Arlon, à Oostende ou viennent d’ailleurs !

( Et si vous ne savez pas d’où ils sont, n’hésitez pas à m’envoyer un petit message, ca sera un plaisir ! )

 


If your ancestors came from Belgium, I wish you a happy National Day on this 21st July, commemoration day of the moment King Leopold 1st swore to serve the newborn country (in 1831!)

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A Belgian connection for Boris Johnson!

Boris Johnson new appointed Minister of Foreign Affair for the UK is a cousin to King of Belgium Philippe ! They have shared ancestors through Prince Paul of Würtemberg ( 1785-1852)

King Philippe descends from the Prince in the most official way possible while the new MFA is related to the Prince through a extra-matrimonial relationship ! M. Johnson also has connections to the US, Russia, Turkey…a man  with international roots indeed!

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It’s Ommegang time!

This colorful cortege start tonight with only two shows to remember the historical procession dating from the 14th century but reborn in the early 20th and now especially focusing on the 1549 edition when the burgers and the « nations » of Brussels were presented to  Emperor Charles Quint and his son Philippe II.

Definitively worth seeing if you’re in Brussels these days!