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Who’s in Your Family Tree?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:12

It doesn’t matter whether your ancestors were famous, infamous, or as awesomely ordinary as a milkman. Knowing their stories—their successes, failures, joys, and sorrows—can bless your life with strength and inspiration.

Get started making discoveries with 2 simple steps on FamilySearch:

Step 1: Add what you know to Family Tree.
  • Add your parents and grandparents to start your tree. Anything you add about a living individual is viewable only by you.
  • Consider contacting other family members who may have missing information about your ancestors.  
Step 2: Watch for hints.
  • We’ll use information you add about your deceased relatives to automatically search historical records for more details about your family story.
  • Blue “record hint” icons mean that we found a record that might have information that will help you find your ancestors. 
 
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Fechas de transición para indexación

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:45

Como sabes, FamilySearch está cambiando de un programa de indexación de escritorio a un sistema en línea. El arbitraje continuará hasta el 31 de marzo de 2018, o hasta que haya registros indexados pendientes.

Ahora mismo más de 160 proyectos están disponibles para indexar y revisar en el programa en línea.

Te invitamos a probar la indexación en línea y a compartir tus comentarios con nosotros. La mayor parte de los idiomas en el programa de escritorio también están disponible ahora en la herramienta de indexación en línea. Los siguientes idiomas estarán disponibles en el programa de indexación en línea para abril de 2018:

  • Albanés
  • Croata
  • Checo
  • Danés
  • Finés
  • Húngaro
  • Islandés
  • Latín
  • Noruego
  • Eslovaco
  • Esloveno

Te invitamos a probar el nuevo programa de indexación en líneay a aprender más sobre por qué este cambio es necesario.

¡Gracias por tu servicio!


Übergangszeiträume beim Indexieren

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:36

Wie Sie wissen, wechselt FamilySearch von einem Desktop-Programm für die Indexierung zu einem internetbasierten System. Prüfungen können bis zum 31. März 2018 oder solange ein Rückstand besteht durchgeführt werden.

Über 160 Projekte können derzeit im internetbasierten Programm indexiert und durch andere Indexierer geprüft werden.

Probieren Sie die Online-Indexierung aus und teilen Sie uns Ihre Meinung mit! Die Mehrheit der Projektsprachen im Desktop-Programm ist derzeit auch im Online-Indexierungsprogramm verfügbar. Die folgenden Sprachen werden bis April 2018 im Online-Indexierungsprogramm zur Verfügung stehen:

  • Albanisch
  • Kroatisch
  • Tschechisch
  • Dänisch
  • Finnisch
  • Ungarisch
  • Isländisch
  • Lateinisch
  • Norwegisch
  • Slowakisch
  • Slowenisch

Bitte probieren Sie die neue Indexierung im Internet aus und lesen Sie mehr darüber, warum diese Änderung notwendig ist.

Vielen Dank für Ihre Mitarbeit!


Dates de transition concernant le progiciel d’indexation

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:35

Comme vous le savez, FamilySearch va passer d’un progiciel d’indexation pour ordinateur à un progiciel d’indexation en ligne. Il sera possible d’arbitrer des lots jusqu’au 31 mars, à condition d’avoir une quantité de travail suffisante.

Aujourd’hui, le progiciel d’indexation en ligne contient plus de 160 projets prêts à être indexés et vérifiés.

Nous vous invitons à essayer de faire de l’indexation en ligne et à nous dire ce que vous en pensez. Les langues des projets disponibles à indexer via le progiciel pour ordinateur sont pour la plupart disponibles via le progiciel d’indexation en ligne. Les projets dans les langues suivantes seront disponibles à partir d’avril 2018 :

  • Albanais
  • Croate
  • Tchèque
  • Danois
  • Finnois
  • Hongrois
  • Islandais
  • Latin
  • Norvégien
  • Slovaque
  • Slovène

Nous vous encourageons à essayer les nouveaux programme d’indexation Web et en savoir plus sur pourquoi ce changement est nécessaire.

Merci pour votre service !


Overgangsdatums indexering

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:32

Zoals u weet, stapt FamilySearch van een desktopprogramma over op een webindexeringsprogramma. Arbitrage daarvan loopt nog tot 31 maart 2018, of tot een latere datum zolang het werk blijft achterlopen.

In het webprogramma zijn momenteel meer dan 160 projecten voor indexering en controle beschikbaar.

Wij nodigen u uit om de webindexering uit te proberen en ons te laten weten wat u ervan vindt. De meeste projecttalen die in het desktopprogramma gebruikt worden, zijn ook al in het webindexeringsprogramma beschikbaar. De volgende talen zijn vanaf april 2018 in het webindexeringsprogramma beschikbaar:

  • Albanees
  • Kroatisch
  • Tsjechisch
  • Deens
  • Fins
  • Hongaars
  • IJslands
  • Latijn
  • Noors
  • Slovaaks
  • Sloveens

We sporen u aan om het nieuwe webindexeringsprogramma uit te proberen. Ontdek waarom deze verandering noodzakelijk is.

Bedankt voor uw inzet!


The Art of Remembering: 9 Tips for Capturing Personal and Family Stories

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:12

Seventeen years after my Grandpa Bob passed away, my dad planned a family reunion at a park in northern Utah. Prior to the reunion, my dad invited his four siblings and their children to email him their favorite memories of Grandpa Bob. He compiled the memories into a 16-page document and printed a copy for everyone.

One of my favorite entries came from my cousin Natalie, who signed off with an apology: “I’m not a good writer so hopefully this all made sense. I’m sad my memory isn’t better.” I was surprised. The stories Natalie shared were interesting and specific, full of fun details and sayings that Grandpa was known for. Her words painted a vivid picture of him that made me miss him acutely. I didn’t notice any grammatical errors or misspelled words in that collection of memories because that’s not what matters. What matters is authenticity. What matters is that our stories are told—in all their imperfect glory.

In a December 1980 Ensign article, President Spencer W. Kimball promised Church members, “If you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations.” Would you like to make 2018 a year that you record more of your family stories? Let these simple writing tips empower you and inspire you to put pen to paper. No one is more qualified to tell your family’s story than you.

 

Get Started 1. Tell Favorite Stories Aloud

One of the reasons my cousin’s words came alive for me is that her family members are all great verbal storytellers. They get together and reminisce and repeat some of the same stories over and over. This practice adds structure to fragmented memories, making it easier to write them down later.

2. Be Specific

Add as many relevant details as you can when sharing a memory. If you make a general statement, think about what evidence you could include to prove that you are telling the truth. For example, my cousin Natalie wrote, “I remember Grandpa always took very nice care of things.” If she had stopped there, the statement about Grandpa may still have been true, but it became much more memorable when she added this detail: “If he used the weed eater, he’d wipe it off and put it back in the box.” Now that tells a story about just how careful and meticulous Grandpa was. Not only did he keep the original box for years and years, he also took the time to wipe off dirty lawn equipment before putting it away. I love that detail; I can picture him doing exactly that.

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Trigger Memories Authentically 3. Use Memory Triggers

Photos, keepsakes, clothing, and other objects can be wonderful memory triggers. Look through photo albums at relatives’ homes, and see what stories come to mind. Then add these to a list of stories to tell. Visit the neighborhood or city where you once lived. Walk around, notebook in hand, jotting down any thoughts that surface. You can also use questions or writing prompts, like the #52stories project, to bring meaningful memories to mind.

4. Let Your Thoughts Percolate

You may find it hard to summon stories on demand; your memories just may not work that way. If you’re using writing prompts or trying to answer a list of questions, read through them at the beginning of the week, and then set them aside for a few days. You’ll be surprised what you can remember after the questions or prompts have marinated in your mind for a while—especially if you’re prayerful about it.

5. Gather Memories from Other People

Consult siblings, children, cousins, and other relatives to help round out your memories of a person or event. Natalie talked to two of her sisters before typing up the final list of memories that she sent to my dad. I’m so grateful that all my cousins and aunts contributed their perspectives, despite any writing insecurities they might have felt. Now we have a well-rounded picture of this man we all love—from those who knew him as a young father, those who knew him as an aging grandfather, those who saw him daily, and those who saw him only a few times a year.

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Keep It Simple 6. Use Your Handwriting

Have you ever encountered a recipe written in your grandmother’s hand and thought, “Wow, I miss her”? Your handwriting is unique, and your family will want to have something written by you. They won’t judge you for sloppy or imperfect handwriting. Instead, they’ll treasure the item as a piece of you. That said, you don’t have to handwrite every part of your personal and family history. Keep memories in several ways and several places, using computer documents, your phone, voice-recording technology, videos, photographs, and more.

7. Write the Way You Speak

Forget about formality and the rules of writing. Just do your best to allow your authentic voice to shine through. The more your written words reflect the way you speak, the better. Some professional writers take years to find their “voice” and to feel truly at home with their style, so don’t worry if writing seems awkward to you at first. If you find yourself stuck while writing, just pretend that you’re telling the story out loud to a friend. Say each sentence out loud, and then write down what you said. It’s that simple.

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Make It Last 8. Keep Multiple Journals

Long-form, paragraph-style writing is just one way to preserve memories. I have a journal like that, but I have other kinds of journals too. I use the Evernote app on my smartphone to save spiritual insights and aha moments. I have miniature notebooks in which I capture funny things my kids say. Several times in my life, I’ve used a blank wall calendar as a journal, writing one tiny memory a day inside those little squares. (I did this for my daughter from the day she was born until her first birthday. I’m doing it now for my infant son.) Do what you have to do to remove barriers and make journaling fit your lifestyle, even if that means carrying a notebook in your purse or journaling on your smartphone from the dentist’s waiting room.

9. Make It a Regular Practice

The more you exercise your writing muscles, the more easily and naturally your words will flow. President Henry B. Eyring kept a daily journal when his children were young, with the goal of revealing God’s influence on his family’s life. “I wrote down a few lines every day for years,” he said in the October 2007 general conference. “I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: ‘Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?’”

If daily journaling sounds overwhelming, set aside a block of time once a week, as the #52stories project encourages you to do. You could also pick one month a year, maybe your birthday month, to write briefly every day to catch up on memories, insights, and lessons learned during the previous 12 months.

As a teenager, I used to take my journal to stake conference—a 2-hour church meeting held twice a year—and write about my life during the hymns and during certain talks that my teenage self didn’t think were relevant to me. To this day, stake conference is my reminder to pull out my journal. I use the extra hour I’m not at church to get caught up on major life events, and I capture spiritual impressions, thoughts, and quotes shared during the meeting itself. What annual, semiannual, or quarterly events could you use as reminders to sit down and write about your life?

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Continue On in This Important Work

“From time immemorial the Lord has counseled us to be a record-keeping people,” said President Kimball. He called journaling an “important duty.”

Still, many of us put up mental barriers. We make it too hard, despite having access to so many useful tools. However, if you’ll keep these 9 simple tips in mind, you’ll find it easier than you thought to access your memories and write them down.

“You should continue on in this important work of recording the things you do, the things you say, the things you think, to be in accordance with the instructions of the Lord,” said President Kimball. “Your story should be written now while it is fresh and while the true details are available.”

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18 Writing Tips for 2018: How to Tell Personal and Family Stories with Confidence

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:49

Seventeen years after my Grandpa Bob passed away, my dad planned a family reunion at a park in Northern Utah. Prior to the reunion, he invited his four siblings and their children to email him their favorite memories of Grandpa Bob. He compiled the memories in a 16-page document and printed copies for everyone.

One of my favorite entries came from my cousin, Natalie, who signed off with an apology: “I’m not a good writer, so hopefully this all made sense. I’m sad my memory isn’t better.” I was surprised. The stories Natalie shared were interesting and specific, full of fun details and sayings Grandpa was known for. Her words painted a vivid picture of him that made me miss him acutely. I didn’t once notice an ungrammatical sentence in that collection of memories. That’s not what matters. What matters is authenticity, voice, and perspective. What matters is that our stories get told, in all of their imperfect glory.

Would you like to make 2018 a year to tell your family stories? Let these simple tips inspire you to put pen to paper. No one is more qualified to tell your family’s story than you are.

 

Get Started 1. Own Your Story

You are absolutely the best person in the world to write your story and your family history. You are the only human being ever born to this earth who has your unique perspective and life experiences. You know all the details. You were there. J.K. Rowling couldn’t tell your stories better than you can.

2. Tell Favorite Stories Aloud

One of the reasons my cousin’s words came so alive for me is because her family members are all great verbal storytellers. They get together and reminisce and repeat some of the same stories over and over. This practice adds structure to fragmented memories, making it easier to write them down later.

3. Make a Time Line of Major Life Events

In a notebook or a computer document, write down each year you’ve been alive. Leave a page or two between each year. Now start adding in all of the big turning points that divide your life into chapters: being born, going to school, moving, changing schools, reaching religious milestones, learning to drive, graduating, getting a job, changing jobs, getting married, having children. Unhappy events like divorces and deaths will make the list too. Jot down names, places, dates. If all you ever complete in your personal history is this list of major life events, that’s a lot better than nothing. If you’re inspired to keep going, you’ll have a great framework for writing a thorough personal history.

4. Be Specific

Add as many relevant details as you can when sharing a memory. If you make a general statement, think about the evidence you’d include if you had to prove you’re telling the truth. For example, my cousin Natalie wrote, “I remember Grandpa always took very nice care of things.” If she had stopped there, it still would have been a true statement about Grandpa, but it became much more memorable when she added this detail: “If he used the weed eater, he’d wipe it off and put it back in the box.” Now that tells a story about just how careful and meticulous Grandpa was. Not only did he keep the original box for years and years, he also took the time to wipe off dirty lawn equipment before putting it away. I loved that detail; I can picture him doing exactly that.

5. Just Start

It doesn’t matter how far behind you feel you are in capturing your personal history. Start somewhere, and start today. Even if you don’t have time to delve deeply into the past right now, make a regular habit of capturing and collecting current thoughts and memories. The important thing is to capture them while they’re still fresh; you can always organize and rearrange your memories later.

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Trigger Memories Authentically 6. Make a List of Stories to Tell

Not sure where to start with your personal or family history? Start by making a list of stories you want to write down eventually. Then elaborate on each of them, one by one. Think about the anecdotes you find yourself telling over and over—like that disaster you narrowly avoided, that crazy coincidence, that one time you ran into a famous person. If anyone ever says, “Yeah, you told me that one before,” that’s a clue the story is important to you. Add it to your list.

7. Forget About Chronology

I know I told you to make a time line, but there’s no rule that says you have to write your life story in chronological order. You can use the time line for reference only, then write your stories in any order you want. After all, you don’t remember your life in chronological order. Memories tend to pop up at random, triggered by the strangest things. As you write your stories down, you can add whatever structure to your memories you want. Leave them in random order. Group them by person or place. I have an encyclopedia-style document on my computer where I gather memories under alphabetized topics: “Adventures with Jori,” “Body Quirks,” “Cheese,” etc. (Yes, I really do have a story about cheese.)

8. Use Memory Triggers

Photos, keepsakes, clothing, and other objects can be wonderful memory triggers. Look through photo albums at relatives’ homes and see what stories come to mind. Then add them to your list of stories to tell. Plan a visit to a neighborhood or city where you once lived. Walk around, notebook in hand, and see what memories surface. You can also use questions or writing prompts, like the #52stories project, to trigger memories and stories.

9. Let Your Thoughts Percolate

It’s hard to summon stories on demand; our memories just don’t work that way. If you’re using writing prompts or trying to answer a list of questions, read through them at the beginning of the week. Then set them aside, and go about your life. You’ll be surprised what you can remember after you let a question marinate in your mind for a few days.

10. Gather Memories from Other People

Consult siblings, cousins, children, and other relatives to help round out your memories of a person or event. Natalie talked to two of her sisters before typing up the final list of memories she sent to my dad. I’m so grateful to all of my cousins and aunts for contributing their perspectives, despite any writing insecurity they might have felt. Now we have a well-rounded picture of this man we all loved, from those who knew him as a young father and those who knew him as an aging grandfather, from those who saw him daily and those who visited a few times a year.

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Keep It Simple 11. Use Your Handwriting

I already know what some of you are going to say. “But I have ugly handwriting. I hate my handwriting. Typing is so much easier.” Let me just ask you this: Have you ever encountered a recipe written in your grandmother’s hand and thought anything other than, “Wow, I miss her.” Your handwriting is unique to you. Your family will want to have some of your words written in your own hand. They won’t judge you for sloppy or imperfect handwriting. They’ll treasure it as a piece of you.

12. Write the Way You Speak

Forget about formality and the rules of writing. Just do your best to allow your authentic voice to shine through. The more your written words reflect the way you speak, the better. It can take years for even professional writers to find their own “voice” and feel truly at home with their style, so don’t worry if you feel awkward with writing at first. If you still feel stuck, pretend you’re telling the story out loud to a friend. Actually say each sentence out loud, and then write down what you said. It’s that simple.

13. Don’t Stress about Grammar and Spelling

There’s a saying I want you to repeat to yourself over and over: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. What does that mean? Perfection is not the goal. If that’s what you’re aiming for, you won’t get anything done at all. An imperfect life story that’s written down is infinitely more valuable than a perfect story that’s never told. So don’t worry if you struggled diagramming sentences in school and can’t distinguish a subject from a predicate. If you know how to speak in coherent sentences, you’ll be able to write a coherent history, too.

14. Write in List Form

Lists are a great way to break up your prose, making it both easier to write and more fun to read. The options are endless. Here’s a brief list of things you could make lists about in your journal:

  • Cities you’ve lived in
  • Schools you attended
  • Songs that remind you of high school
  • Favorite books or movies
  • Quotes or sayings your grandfather always said
  • Traits you inherited from your grandma
  • Recipes that remind you of home
  • Personal injuries and hospitalizations
  • Childhood mischief that you got away with
  • Pets your family owned

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Make It Last 15. Make It a Regular Practice

The more you exercise your writing muscles, the easier and more naturally your words will flow. Set aside a block of time once a week for journal writing, as the #52stories project encourages you to do. If that sounds overwhelming, write every other week or once a month instead. You could also pick one month a year (maybe your birthday month) where you write briefly every day—either about your current life or about your past or your family history. Do what you have to do to remove barriers and make journaling fit your lifestyle, even if that means carrying a small journal in your purse or writing your entire journal in a Notes file on your smartphone.

16. Keep Multiple Journals

Long-form, paragraph-style writing is just one way to capture memories about your life. I have a journal like that, but I have other kinds of journals, too. I have a file on my smartphone where I capture spiritual insights and a-ha moments. I have miniature notebooks where I capture funny things my kids say. Several times in my life, I’ve used a blank wall calendar as a journal, writing one tiny memory a day inside those little squares. I did this for my daughter from the day she was born until her first birthday. I’m doing it now for my infant son.

17. Curate Your Own Writing

Everything you write about yourself counts, so collect it all together. If you give a presentation at work and you share a personal anecdote, pull that out of the presentation and save it in your personal history. If you share a personal experience in a Sunday School lesson, save it. If you speak at a family funeral, definitely save that. Comb through social media for stories you’ve already shared and save them in a more archival format.

18. Make Some of Your Stories Permanent

Some of the writing you do will be just for you, and that’s okay. But some of your writing will really matter to someone else, like your account of the birth of your child, or your recollections of a beloved grandparent. Save your most important memories in the FamilySearch app, in the Stories section, where all of the data is archived and backed up to the cloud. If it’s a story about your grandfather, save it to his profile. If it’s about your life, save it to your own profile. All stories remain private while the person is still living, but they’ll eventually be visible to the entire extended family.

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It’s Up to You

Don’t let your self-doubts get in the way of preserving the important stories of your life. Don’t let your insecurities keep you from helping your children—and their children—see your parents and grandparents the way that you saw them. There’s no better time to start preserving your most important family stories. There’s no better person to do it than you.

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