Family Chronicle Gets a Name Change


According to Ed Zapletal, my friend, and the publisher at Moorshead Magazines Ltd., the venerable Family Chronicle Magazine is getting a name change. Beginning with the March/April 2015 edition, the magazine is titled Your Genealogy Today. The magazine website will also be changing to as of March 1.

The thinking behind changing the name was simply to refresh and renew the magazine, complete with new titling and several new columns. The magazine will continue to be printed in paper and pdf format, as well as app editions for mobile reading.

The new columns will be entitled:

  • Genealogy Tourism
  • DNA and Your Genealogy
  • Advice from the Pros

Subscribers don’t need to do anything. Family Chronicle subscriptions will be converted to Your Genealogy Today subs. The magazine will continue to be a bimonthy, with six issues printed per year.


I plan to do more writing writing for the magazine this year, so watch for articles under my name.

For more information, check out their website.

Scots-Irish Genealogy Research Bundle of 2 Quick Reference items at 20% Off + a FREE eBook Download!


Scots-Irish research is extremely popular in the United States. It should be, considering that there’s a good chance that if we have colonial ancestry, we may very well have Scots-Irish ancestry. These two quick reference guides – one being Scots-Irish Genealogy Research Genealogy at a glance, and the other Dollarhide’s Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750 Genealogist’s Insta-Guide are just the thing for getting started or advancing your research on your Scots-Irish ancestors. And yes – most colonial wagon roads were heavily traveled and influenced by the Scots-Irish.

We are also making a FREE immediate PDF download of the Colonial Wagon Roads to 1790 Genealogists’ Insta-Guide available with the bundle.

Click here to purchase the Scots-Irish quick reference bundle at 20% off, plus the FREE download. In the USA, the bundle ships by USPS first-class mail, costing just $4.50 for the two items. A $20.89 value. On sale for $13.52 (plus $5.50 1st class p&h).

The bundle is made up of the following (use your “back arrow” to return to this page to order):

Click here to purchase the Scots-Irish quick reference bundle at 20% off, plus the FREE download. A $20.89 value. On sale for $13.52 (plus $5.50 USPS first-class p&h).

GRIP is Utilizing a New Technological Registration Procedure

The following was received from my friend, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG , CGL:


Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is a very popular “summer camp for genealogists” that is held on the campus of La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last year 205 students from 40 states and 3 countries attended seven classes in Pittsburgh. Having fun while learning about genealogy in the company of friends and like-minded classmates is why students return year after year. Not to mention the course coordinators and instructors who are tops in the field! GRIP is happy to provide two separate weeks for learning opportunities this summer, each with its own opening registration date.

Registration for the first week of GRIP is coming quickly on Wednesday, February 4, at Noon Eastern. A countdown timer has been installed on the registration page which will go automatically at the “zero hour” to the registration page. There is no need to watch the clock, hit refresh, or otherwise fear that you will miss the “opening bell.” In fact doing any such action will interfere with the automatic transition and slow your computer down. All you have to do is pick out your course from the list below and read the Registration page completely to prepare your registration answers. Descriptions of the 18 lecture sessions for each course are detailed on the GRIP website.

See you this summer in Pittsburgh!

These six courses to be held June 28 to July 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh have registration beginning February 4:

These six courses to be held July 19-24, 2015 in Pittsburgh have registration beginning February 18:

The BYU Family History Technology Workshop February 10, 2014


Now that I know that I’ve survived the “2015-extraordinary-flu,” and I will be attending RootsTech, FGS, and the Innovator Summit, I’ve added the BYU Family History Technology Workshop to my schedule. It will be held at the conference center on the BYU campus in Provo the day before the Innovator Summit. The program looks interesting. Following is their announcement:

This year’s Family History Technology Workshop will take place February 10 at the BYU Conference Center and will focus on “The Future of Family History Technology.”

The workshop will begin with a lightning session (2-3 minute speeches) followed by demos of new software apps. The afternoon will feature a keynote by Curt Witcher from the Allen County Public Library, followed by talks from experts from Google,, and FamilySearch. The day will conclude with a panel discussion on the future of family history technology.

We invite all of you who are participating in the Innovator’s Summit on February 11 to register for and participate in the Family History Technology Workshop that will be held the day before at BYU.

For more information and to register, visit:

We extend a special invitation to all who are submitting their work to the Innovator Challenge to come and participate in the lightning session the morning of February 10 where you will have the opportunity to provide a brief overview of your work followed by a demonstration to attendees.

The 25 Most Common Passwords on the Internet. Would you believe 123456?


A few days ago, SplashData posted it’s annual list of the most commonly used passwords. In looking through the list, it’s really quite amazing what folks will do. Would you really use the word, “password,” as your password? Following is the release from prweb:

Los Gatos, CA (PRWEB) January 20, 2015: SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen. In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list in 2011. Other passwords in the top 10 include “qwerty,” “dragon,” and “football.”

As in past years’ lists, simple numerical passwords remain common, with nine of the top 25 passwords on the 2014 list comprised of numbers only.

Passwords appearing for the first time on SplashData’s list include “696969” and “batman.”

While Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, “iloveyou” is one of the nine passwords from 2013 to fall off the 2014 list.

According to SplashData, the passwords evaluated for the 2014 list were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe. In 2014, millions of passwords from Russian accounts were also leaked, but these passwords were not included in the analysis.

SplashData’s list of frequently used passwords shows that many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.

“Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure.”

For example, users should avoid a sequence such as “qwertyuiop,” which is the top row of letters on a standard keyboard, or “1qaz2wsx” which comprises the first two ‘columns’ of numbers and letters on a keyboard.

Other tips from a review of this year’s Worst Passwords List include:
Don’t use a favorite sport as your password – “baseball” and “football” are in top 10, and “hockey,” “soccer” and “golfer” are in the top 100. Don’t use a favorite team either, as “yankees,” “eagles,” “steelers,” “rangers,” and “lakers” are all in the top 100.

Don’t use your birthday or especially just your birth year — 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 are all in the top 100.
While baby name books are popular for naming children, don’t use them as sources for picking passwords. Common names such as “michael,” “jennifer,” “thomas,” “jordan,” “hunter,” “michelle,” “charlie,” “andrew,” and “daniel” are all in the top 50.

Also in the top 100 are swear words and phrases, hobbies, famous athletes, car brands, and film names.

This is the first year that SplashData has collaborated on the list with Mark Burnett, online security expert and author of “Perfect Passwords” (
“The bad news from my research is that this year’s most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years,” Burnett said. “The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that’s the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies.”

SplashData, provider of the SplashID line of password management applications, releases its annual list in an effort to encourage the adoption of stronger passwords. Slain says, “As always, we hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites.”

Presenting SplashData’s “Worst Passwords of 2014”:

1 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2 password (Unchanged)
3 12345 (Up 17)
4 12345678 (Down 1)
5 qwerty (Down 1)
6 1234567890 (Unchanged)
7 1234 (Up 9)
8 baseball (New)
9 dragon (New)
10 football (New)
11 1234567 (Down 4)
12 monkey (Up 5)
13 letmein (Up 1)
14 abc123 (Down 9)
15 111111 (Down 8)
16 mustang (New)
17 access (New)
18 shadow (Unchanged)
19 master (New)
20 michael (New)
21 superman (New)
22 696969 (New)
23 123123 (Down 12)
24 batman (New)
25 trustno1 (Down 1)

SplashData offers three simple tips to be safer from hackers online:
1. Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters.
2. Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites.
3. Use a password manager such as SplashID to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites.

Read the original press release.

Here’s a link to SplashData’s Worst Passwords of 2013.

Call for Presentations at the Ogden, Utah Family History Conference

I recently received the following announcement and invitation from Shelley Felt. I can’t make it this year, as I’ve moved to Washington State, and am no longer presenting at Saturday seminars. However, my guess is that some of my readers may be interested – either in presenting, exhibiting, and just attending the Conference.


Announcement and Call for Presentations: “Of Roots & Branches”, the Ogden Family History Conference will be held September 12, 2015 at Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Building. We are happy that again we are able to offer a quality conference without requiring a registration fee from participants — FREE. This is due to the generosity of you, our presenters, who will include professionals as well as volunteers from our Ogden FamilySearch Library and vendors as well as the generosity of Weber State University.
This year we would like to offer classes dealing with FamilySearch partners,,, and, how they “work” and how FamilySearch Family Tree users can work with them. If you know of great presenters in these areas, please share this information with them!

IMPORTANT! Please reply with your suggestions for classes you would like to present, or that you feel are most appropriate for our conference. We will try to create a balanced curriculum, serving the beginner as well as the more experienced researcher. Some of our classes are offered each year, but we always want to include something new and exciting.

Again, we are so grateful for your kindness in the past and hope to see you this September.

Shelley Felt,

Oregon Burial Site Guide – Available for only the P&H Charge! #Genealogy


I received the following note from my friend, Jan Healy. If you have Oregon research, this is a really good deal! This book is beautifully done, and they are basically giving them away. You’ll never beat the price.

Press release – Oregon Burial Site Guide: We are losing our warehouse space the end of July. So the boss said to offer the Oregon Burial Site Guide, Compiled by Dean Byrd, Stanley Clarke, & Janice M. Healy free. We will send a hard back copy to everyone for the cost of shipping and handling. Prepaid $20 post marked not later than 1 July 2015. Those of you with Nonprofit status please add your tax ID number. Any questions contact me. This book sold for $125 each.

This book is about where the cemeteries of Oregon are located. Not lists of who is buried in them. Those are only listed for the small sites on private property with 12 or less burials.

The book is 8.5″ X 11″ X 2″ 1,200 plus pages and weighs in at about 8 lbs in the shipping carton. Fully alphabetical by county and site, each county is indexed, Black and White photo’s for a general idea of what monuments are in each county, with a state wide index in the back. This is a must for those researching Oregon using death certificates. We tried to pick up all the also known as names to the sites. There are about 2500 burial sites in the 36 counties of Oregon. This material is updated and corrected, not like the material from the old ODOT book that has been put up on the web. So no this is not on the web.

Make checks out to:

Stoney Way LLC
PO Box 5414
Aloha, OR 97006-0414

Indiana House Bill 1001 Proposes to Wipe out the #Genealogy Department at the IN State Library

The following excerpt is from the Indiana Genealogical Society Blog. If you have Indiana Ancestors, you better read the FULL blog – not just my teaser. This is important!


Indiana House Bill 1001 – the State Budget Bill – includes a proposed 24% cut in funding to the Indiana State Library. According to State Librarian Jacob Speer, the proposal includes elimination of the Genealogy Department at the State Library and a 10% reduction in ISL staff.

As Speer points out, the Genealogy Department at the Indiana State Library has more than 100,000 items devoted to Indiana, states from which Hoosiers came, as well as some foreign countries.

Many of these holdings are not duplicated at the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Archives, or the Indiana Historical Bureau. In addition, the Indiana State Library serves as the “genealogy destination” for patrons of the Indianapolis Public Library (IPL), as IPL made the decision not to have their own genealogy collection.

Almost half (49%) of the reference questions that come to the Indiana State Library are for research from the Genealogy collection.

Read the full article.

Thanks to Victoria Davis, Joy Neighbors, Susi Pentico, Judy Russell, et al, for the heads-up…

2015 FGS Conference Early Registration Discount Extended Thru Monday, January 26 #Genealogy

The following is from FGS:

January 23, 2015 – Austin, TX. The early registration discount for the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference has been extended to midnight (MST), Monday, January 26. This extension allows three more days to register at $159 for the full four days of the conference coming up February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech.

Wednesday, February 11 features sessions for society leaders and members designed to give you new ideas and inspiration for helping your favorite society grow and prosper. Sessions on Thursday, February 12 through Saturday, February 14 focus on genealogy and family history researchers. Learning about records, methods, and best practices will help you solve those tough research problems.

Visit the FGS 2015 Conference website for details about sessions, speakers, luncheons, special events, and more. If you have already registered, log in to your account at to purchase luncheon tickets.

The online registration price increases to $189 after January 26. The cost to add-on RootsTech remains $39. Register now.

See you in Salt Lake City in February.

Irish Poverty Relief Loan records Available FREE at Findmypast to mark Irish Family History Day #Genealogy

The following news release is from

With the addition of exciting new record sets, leading family history website Findmypast is now the best place to research your Irish ancestry

Dublin, Ireland. 23 January 2015. Findmypast has digitised and is publishing the Poverty Relief Loans records from The National Archives in London online for the first time. This release – together with the addition of a new, easier to search version of the Ireland Census 1911 – makes Findmypast home to the largest online collection of Irish family history records anywhere in the world.

New records: Poverty Relief Loans
The Irish Reproductive Loan Fund was a privately funded micro credit scheme set up in 1824 to provide small loans to the ‘industrious poor’ – those most affected by poverty and famine.

This collection of almost 700,000 records, which span the period of the Irish Potato Famine, provides unique insight into the lives of those living in Ireland during one of the darkest periods in its history. The handwritten ledgers and account books reveal the changing fortunes of Irish ancestors and their subsequent movements in Ireland and across the world. Now anyone can go online and research individuals and families to find out more about where they lived, their financial situation, their social status and more besides.

Brian Donovan, Head of Irish Data and Business Development for Findmypast, said “These incredibly important records provide an exceptional insight into the lives of the poor across the west of Ireland from Sligo down to Cork. The people recorded are precisely those who were most likely to suffer the worst of the Famine or be forced to emigrate. These remarkable records allow us to chart what happened to 690,000 people like this from the 1820s to the 1850s, giving a glimpse of their often heart breaking accounts of survival and destitution, misery and starvation. We are very lucky to be able to tell their stories.”

Caroline Kimbell, Head of Licensing at The National Archives in London said “This collection is one of very few about individual Irish families from 19th century held at Kew. We are grateful to Findmypast for bringing these remarkable testaments to light.”

These new records complement an expansive collection of Irish records – including Irish Petty Sessions, Irish Prison Registers, Irish newspapers and Irish Births 1864-1958, to name a few – that make Findmypast the best place to bring Irish family history to life.

Exclusive Irish records – digitised for the first time
As well as the Poverty Relief Loans, Findmypast has today added other new Irish record sets, including the Clare Electoral Registers, which reveal early women voters and is only available online at Findmypast, the Ireland Census 1911 and over 800,000 Irish marriages dating back to 1619.

The Ireland Census 1911 is an excellent starting point for anyone researching their Irish ancestors. Findmypast’s powerful search will for the first time allow family historians to search for more than one family member at the same time, helping to narrow down results, and by birth year and by spelling variations of a name – all making it easier than ever to trace Irish ancestors.

Irish Family History Day
This year, Findmypast’s Irish Family History Day – an annual celebration of Irish heritage – takes place on 23 January.

It will be marked by the launch of exciting new record sets, as well as webinars, guides and advice, information on the records and exclusive offers to access Findmypast’s extensive Irish record collection.

As part of Irish Family History Day, Findmypast will be running an online webinar and Q&A session hosted by Irish family history expert, Brian Donovan. The webinar will cover getting started with Irish family history, as well as hints and tips on getting further with your research.

The webinar will be held at 5pm GMT on 23 January. Brian will be on hand to answer questions after the webinar. For more information, and to register interest, visit

About Findmypast
Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of over 2 billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitized family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.

About The National Archives:
For the record, for good… The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files.

Our 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and leads the archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use.

Click here to register for the Webinar.

Join Us on the 2015 30th Anniversary Salt Lake Christmas Tour


The 30th Anniversary Salt Lake Christmas Tour will take place December 6 through 12, 2015 at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel and the adjacent Family History Library. The first Christmas Tour took place in 1985, making the 2015 took our 30th Anniversary, and our 31st tour!

The 2014 tour included about 75 researchers, and a dozen paid professionals working alongside them. As of today, we have 55 paid preregistrations for the December 2015 function. Plan on joining the Christmas Tour family this year, and sign up while space is still available. You only have to make a $50 refundable deposit to hold your space.

Learn all about the 2015 Salt Lake Christmas Tour by clicking on the link.

Darcie Hind Posz, CGSM Named Managing Editor of NGS Magazine


Arlington, VA, 12 January 2015: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has appointed Darcie Hind Posz, CGSM as the new managing editor of NGS Magazine. Darcie joins NGS Magazine to continue NGS’s goal of sharing genealogical expertise from leaders in the field through articles, stories, instruction, and news in its quarterly magazine. As editor, Darcie will build upon the work of Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG who recently retired as editor after ten years of distinguished service.

Darcie Hind Posz is a certified genealogist who brings broad experience and an excellent educational background in genealogy to her new role. She served for over eight years as a staff genealogist at the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and most recently at the National Society of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century in the same capacity. Darcie has written articles for The Genealogist (forthcoming in 2015), NGS Magazine, Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and the Reference, Access & Outreach section of the Society of American Archivists website. Her genealogical education includes coursework at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the National Institute of Genealogical Research held each year at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. She has also taken the NGS American Genealogy course and participated in the GenProof, ProGen and NGSQ study groups. Darcie recently commented, “I am excited to start this new challenge as managing editor of NGS Magazine, and I look forward to working with a team of talented authors and designers to further develop thought-provoking content. I am fortunate to have worked with many journal, magazine and quarterly editors who have motivated me to be a better writer and editor. I am looking forward to this next chapter and contributing to NGS.”

Darcie also contributes time as a volunteer in the genealogy field. She currently serves as Director of the Board, Region 4, for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and was past Chapter President for the National Capital Area Chapter of APG, which was a recipient of the Golden Chapter Award in 2014 during her presidency. She also served FGS as the Chair of their Outreach Committee.

Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society said “Darcie’s experience, knowledge of genealogy, and editorial and writing skills made her a natural choice as managing editor, but it is her creative approach to examining topics that made her an exciting addition to the NGS family. We view Darcie’s appointment as a sign of NGS’s commitment to bring new ideas and a fresh point-of-view to our members.”

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

An Anchor/Reporter’s Exciting Discoveries in Family History


Rob Cardwell is a news anchor/reporter for WTVR – CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia. He didn’t know much of anything about his family tree, and even less about Richmond history when he moved there from Panama Beach, Florida nearly 15 years ago. However, with some digging (pun intended), Chesterfield County Public Library,, and other resources, he soon traced his an ancestry back – way back…

Then he put together a special presentation for WTVR. It was very well done. You might want to check it out.

Check out the Mobile App for RootsTech 2015


I got a notice from RootsTech this morning that the RootsTech 2015 mobile app is now available for download. I immediately downloaded it at Google Play, and began using it on my cell phone. The app gives the user access to all of the conference information, including classes, exhibitors, and speakers.

With the conference app, you can:

  • Create a personalized conference class schedule.
  • Find speaker information.
  • Get exhibitor details
  • View maps of the conference facility and exhibit hall
  • Connect with other conference attendees
  • Tweet and post your favorite quotes and pictures at RootsTech
  • Watch videos (currently 2014 items)
  • Read news
  • Go to

Plan for RootsTech 2015, and download the RootsTech 2015 conference app today at the App Store and Google Play.

I’m Really Sick of Being Sick – and I’m finally well again…

Update January 25, 2014 – I’m finally feeling 100% myself again. Last Tuesday morning I awoke and realized that my chest didn’t hurt anymore. The pain had gone away and then come back with a vengeance. I hope I never have to go through all that again!

Update January 9, 2015 – I’m better – back at work – but still fighting the mucus in my lungs…

For those of you who may wonder why I haven’t been blogging, there’s a simple answer… On December 14, the day folks were flying out from our annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, I came down very with a virus, making me very ill. I traveled the 900 miles home by car, sick all the way, and then pretty much collapsed once I got here. Not being a miser with my miseries, I gave portions of the virus to my entire family – thus ensuring we all had a rather miserable Christmas. Oh, well – better luck next year.

I am starting to feel better, although I’m still feeling the effects of this thing. I have to do a road trip this week, so I’m hoping to be feeling MUCH better real soon now.