19 April 2014

Family First

Things have been busy with the care of my dad that I haven't been able to blog as much as I would like to. My dad is in stage 7 of Alzheimer's. He is in his final stage of the disease. He is being taken care of at an elderly home. I travel at least three to four times a week to visit and help care for him. My travel time is an hour each way.  My days usually start around 5am and end around 10pm or 11pm. I take care of all my dad business like talking to lawyers and doctors etc. I work and take care of my house and everything else in the middle. I'm kinda all tuckered out when I get home.

One thing I do when I visit my dad is recite his four generations. I say the names and he will nod his head up and down like he is understanding what I am saying or his eyes will be wide open when I say his grandfather's name. I enjoy every moment with him.

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02 April 2014

Samoa Collections Update on FamilySearch.org

There has been an update on the Samoa Burials, 1895-1970 collections on the FamilySearch.org website on 3 Feb 2014. Here is a description of the collection:
Index to selected Samoa burials. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 42,061 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

Samoa, Baptisms, 1863-1940 collection had an update on 5 Dec 2013. Sorry I missed this to share in a December post.
Here is a description of the collection:
Index to selected Samoa baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 28,013 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

21 March 2014

RootsTech 2014 Videos online

Rootstech 2014 Videos are now available online. I wasn't able to attend this years event and missed some live streaming sessions. So, I'm super excited that now I can view these sessions online.

Innovator Summit Keynote Speaker (Business and Developer track)

Thursday Speakers

Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, and Annelies van den Belt, CEO of DC Thomson Family History, as keynote speakers. & Josh Taylor: Opening Keynote Speakers (90)
Ancestry Insider: Do It Yourself Photo Restoration (60)
Randy Hoffman: Genealogy in the Cloud (60)

Friday Speakers

Dr. Spencer Wells and Judy Russell: Friday Keynote Speakers (70)
David Adelman: Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero (40)

Saturday Speakers

Stephanie Nielson, Todd Hansen: Saturday Keynote Speakers (60)
Lisa Louise Cooke: Become an iPad Power User (60)

07 March 2014

Policy Change for Patrons Requesting Photocopies From the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm going to visit my Hawaiian uncle,........Wait a minute. I don't think you folks may remember that I am half Samoan and half Hawaiian. My father is Samoan and my mother is Hawaiian. I am doing researching genealogy on both sides of my family at the same time. If you don't think I am pulling out my hair everyday.....I am.
It's interesting how in searching for information for both sides of my family history sometimes the search techniques are similar and not. But that's a whole another blog post.
Anyhow.....I am planning to visit my Hawaiian uncle and talk genealogy so this information about requesting photocopies from Salt Lake is going to get him pumped up! He believes he has to take a trip to Salt Lake to view anything of hawaiian information at the Family History Library. I'm not sure if he ever knew he could order photocopies for books, cds, films and more.
I've been eyeing a few Samoan books in the FHLC that I've been interested in ordering some photocopies. I just might take a look further into it.

Here is the policy change:

Here is the link to Photoduplication Request Form.

27 February 2014

PAF to Legacy.....gettin it done!!

Since my post on February 10th I purchased the Legacy 8.0, well..... for the real reasons that my mom has been wanting the program for awhile and since my dad is now terminally ill. My mom and I both felt that Legacy 8.0 would be a good program to switch my dad's Personal Ancestral File 5.0 over to.

I have already imported his PAF and now looking at all the work he still has to do which to explain how much is........ A LOT.

One thing I did see that didn't get carried over to Legacy were my dad's PAF notes he had on family individuals. Maybe I didn't see the button, "Carry the notes over" or just plain didn't know. It's no bigeeee I can input what my dad wrote maybe do a 'copy & paste' thingy. I'm still getting familiar with Legacy so far I'm pretty happy with it.

I also bought a 1tb portable external hard drive to use for backups. I'm now looking over the pedigree and going to start taking family by family of what still needs to be done.

Whew! Lots of work ahead of me, but its okay. I know that my dad wouldn't want me to sit on this he'd want me to get it done!!!


What genealogy programs are you using and what do you like about it?

17 February 2014

Samoan History Part 1

I posted this in a past blog about this article SAMOAN HISTORY (THE WAYS OF OUR ANCESTORS) PT 1 written by Tama Samoana on January 14, 2012.

I just read over it again this morning. A good read that Tama Samoana shares about the history of Samoa.

10 February 2014

Rootstech - Genealogy kicked up a notch!

I thoroughly enjoyed Roostech 2014. I wasn't able to attend so I watched the streaming sessions they were great! I could just feel the genealogy/tech energy from my own home!!! I am hoping to attend 2015.

Genealogy has definitely kicked it up a notch since my grandma started back in the 1930's. She started out in pen and paper. My dad was using pen and paper then he got our first computer and he was ever inputting on Personal Ancestral File and printing and printing!!

My dad was the first of his brothers and sisters to put all of his mothers' pen and paper genealogy on a genealogy software program. My dad made cd copies of his PAF and sent one to each of his brothers and sisters. I think that's pretty neat coming from my dad, who said, "I'm not having anything to do with genealogy." He caught the bug and my mom just kept feeding the fire!!!!

Since my dad is now terminally ill and cannot speak. I know that he was not done yet in his PAF. And I know he wouldn't want me to let it sit for to long. He has unlinked families, much information to input and on and on. So, I purchased a Legacy 8.0 genealogy program and planning to import his PAF and start from there.

I wish my brothers and sisters were into genealogy. Dad has a lot to do. I hope in some future time they get the 'Genealogy Bug'.

Anyhow, getting back to Rootstech. I'm going through the syllabus and finding some great information that I hope will help me out in my research. If you haven't downloaded the syllabus yet, here is the link.

06 February 2014

Rootstech 2014 Starts today!

Rootstech 2014 is expected to draw big crowds this year! I wish I could have attended this year. Well, if you aren't like me I will be viewing the streaming sessions online. Below is a schedule of the sessions. Here is the link to view the streaming sessions. Click here.
The syllabus is available for download. Click here.

Thursday, February 6

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What's New and What's Next by Ron Tanner

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc

Friday, February 7

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family's Genealogy Hero by David Adelman

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.comby Crista Cowen

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider

Saturday, February 8

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Josh Taylor

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble