27 November 2014

Being Thankful

Things haven't been normal for me since my father has been terminally ill. There's no huge turkey dinner this year, no family coming over or dad's homemade pies. 

 THIS Thanksgiving is going to be unique and awesome! 

I get to sit with dad today and talk his ear OFF about all our past Thanksgiving's! I'm pulling out all the Thanksgiving stories and meshing it all in today!! All those times dad made his homemade custard and pumpkin pies and ate ALL of them by himself! His secret palusami recipe (which didn't seem so secret to me...shredded coconut and onions?) . Our traditional dvd movies (that dad picked out) that we would watch as we ate our meal. His childhood stories growing up in Laie. His military experience in the Vietnam War. Family history. Aaaaand the classic of all classic stories (or should I say Dad 101 classes)  is How to properly crave a turkey! 

I'm going to have a great Thanksgiving just spending with the ones I love.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving this day!!

17 November 2014

Ancestry.com's Free Global Records

Some good news! For a limited time Ancestry is offering free access to select global records. The Free offer ends 11:59 p.m. ET November 19, 2014. If you already have an account, no problem.
If you don't then you'll need to sign up for a free basic Ancestry.com account to view matching records. You will also be prompted to set one up when you click to view a record.

I typed in one of my family names with the "exact" option I only got two results. I have no idea who these people are or how they fit in my family tree?

Let's try another search. Only the "Relatives"in the far right column look familiar to me. Still gotta check this on my Legacy program.

Try different family surname searches. Also, try switching the surnames in the first names boxes. . On many occasions I have found my ancestor's name with only one name. At other times my ancestor's last and surname were switched. Again just try different searches.

Good Luck!

11 November 2014

Veteran's Day

I Want to send special love and thanks to my father who served two tours in Vietnam. 
Thank you to all the Veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!!

05 November 2014

Findmypast free this weekend!!

Findmypast is Free this weekend. For this Remembrance Weekend, from midday 7th November to midday 10th November, you can have access to billions of records. If you haven’t tried Findmypast this would be a great opportunity to find out more.

Here’s the link to register.  http://www.findmypast.co.uk/freeweekend

27 October 2014

Rootstech 2015 Keynote Speaker

I'm a little late in sharing this on the SGG Blog. I have shared this on SGG Facebook. If you've read my past blogs you will understand why I haven't posted as much and that Facebook is working better for me at the moment as I still have a tight schedule in the care of my father.

Gosh, it seems so long ago that I attended Rootstech 2012. I have never forgotten my experience and the exciting environment being apart of the crowd of fellow genealogists/family history enthusiasts and tech people! Rootstech 2015 has already announced Donny Osmond as the Keynote speaker for Saturday February 14, 2015. Exciting!! Visit the link here to learn all about Rootstech 2015.
Only four more months and Rootstech 2015 is happening!

04 October 2014

FamilySearch Samoa and American Samoa

If you haven't been to the FamilySearch Samoa and American Samoa pages they changed up the look which gives you easier access to FamilySearch Wiki Samoa and the Family Search Catalog. These quick links are great. Here's the look at the pages:

American Samoa page

Samoa page

I like these quick links since I normally use these pages. It also makes it easier for others new to FamilySearch t0 see their are other resources for Samoa.

20 September 2014

Changes in FamilySearch Facebook Community Groups

Looks like a change for some of the FamilySearch Facebook Community Pages are happening. Some of them are going away and being replaced with regional community groups.

So far, I haven't found an outside Facebook link to these pages. You must be logged into Facebook to view these pages.

U.S. West Genealogy Research Community Page
Mountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming
Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

U.S. North East Genealogy Research Community Page
New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Middle Atlantic: New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

U.S. South Genealogy Research Community 
South Atlantic: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia.

East South Central: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

West South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

U.S. Mid West Genealogy Research Community Page
East North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin

West North Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Asia, Africa & Pacific Genealogy Research Community
Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Samoa (American), Samoa (Western), South Africa, and Tonga.

Just as a reminder you must be logged into Facebook to view these pages.

I did see a post as early as 12 Sept on the American Samoa page talking about these changes.

Here is a link to all the FamilySearch Community Pages.

06 September 2014

Flickr - Tap into millions of historic photos

I have some what of a fascination with old photos of Samoa, vintage postcards and stamps, photos of the colorful buses in Samoa. I blame my fascination on my grandma. She had many photo  albums. Grandma took a picture of everything! She had pictures of fales, old Samoan roads, Samoan plants, LDS temples, pictures of Samoan buses, groups of Samoan LDS missionaries, photos of family members, breadfruit trees, taro plants and more.  Everywhere she went she took a picture and put it in an album.

On any given day she would call me, "Sau" which means "come" in Samoan. She would motion me to come and sit next to her on the floor on her Samoan mat. On the mat she'd have all her albums layed out and she would tell me about certain photos.

Most of my Pinterest Boards are all inspired by her. Every time I pin a photo to my boards I remember the moments i'd sit beside her and talk about her photos.

Almost a week ago Internet Archive uploaded millions of historic images to Flickr. That's not the end of it looks like more than 14 million images eventually expected to make their way online.

Here's the article to learn more about it. Click here. If I come across images about Samoa on Internet Archive Flickr then you'll see them on one of the SGG Pinterest boards. Here's a look at some of the boards you'll see.

A favorite SGG Pinterest board of mine is the "Samoan Old Photos". I've come across family members in many old photos online. I'm always surprised at what I discover while I am pinning to the SGG Pinterest boards.

See you on Pinterest.

29 August 2014

Rootstech 2015 Registration

The fifth annual Rootstech 2015 Conference is now open for registration! I attended the second Rootstech in Salt Lake being in an atmosphere of technology and genealogy meshed in one event was so exciting for me!

From the Rootstech site here is what's its all about:

RootsTech registration is now open!
Whether you’ve attended in the past or you’re thinking of coming for the first time, this fifth annual family history conference will be an experience not to be missed!
RootsTech is a global conference that celebrates families across generations where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. Whether you’re an avid genealogist or you are just getting started, RootsTech has something for everyone.
This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants globally. RootsTech 2015, hosted by FamilySearch, will draw more than 15,000 attendees to Salt Lake City during the four-day event to hear inspiring messages from keynote speakers and world-class presenters. Tens of thousands also tune in remotely from all over the world.

~They've got a Get a RootsTech Three-Day Pass for a limited time discount!
~RootsTech offers classes just for beginners! Click here for the Getting Started schedule
~Add more to your RootsTech experience! Purchase a reserved seat for activities, such as
    sponsored lunches or hands-on computer labs

For more information visit Rootstech.org

18 August 2014

~ Dad & Photos ~

Gosh, has it been 4 weeks since I posted?
To be honest the overall care for my dad takes a lot of my time. The Samoan Genealogy Group (SGG) Blog sometimes takes me three days or more before I have a post ready.
If you don't see a post on the this blog for a few weeks, please don't think that SGG has stopped. I post more on Facebook because its easier for me to do at this time with everything going on. I know that this blog needs some 'tweeks' such as easier links and pins. I'm trying to get there.

Other places to find SGG.

~ Dad & Photos ~
One thing that I've been regretting that I wished I had pressed a little bit more on my dad was 'Photo Time'. My dad has family photos that I had asked him time and time again before he got sick if he could tell me who the people are in the photos. I was successful once but after that nothing happened. Now, I have these photos and don't know who's in them. Sure, I could go to my uncles, aunties, cousins etc. but I would rather get it from my dad.

Take the time with your parents and elders to talk about family history. It is worth it in the end.