FamilySearch Labs: AI enabled searching for all names in deeds and wills

A few hours late today resulted in some new deeds and ancestral names in deeds of other people. All the names are rarely indexed until now. Searching by name and place in digitized records was easy peasy. Thank you, FamilySearch! I have used this excellent, but not perfect, advancement a few times now and I […]

Family History Library in Salt Lake City and Family History Centers Change Names

Last fall I found out about the changes and began changing the names in my lecture handouts and PowerPoint slides. It’s now been officially announced. Today’s press release: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch announced new names for its flagship Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and all local and regional family history centers worldwide.  The library will now be […]

More access to digitized books! FamilySearch & Digital Public Library of America.

In several of the presentations I have done in the last few months, I have discussed either the digitized books at or Digital Public Library of America. If not discusses, they have been in my handouts. Now, those two efforts are collaborating. As the FamilySearch blog states, “In concert with the American Library Association […]

Preparing for the February FGS Conference and the FHL

Just about 9 weeks till the 2015 FGS Conference in Salt Lake City.Where has the time gone! I am so excited for this event. One of the things I will be doing while at the FGS and RootsTech joint conferences in February (Feb 11-14) is some of my own research at the Family History Library. […]

One billion family history records from FamilySearch at our fingertips!

You may have already seen the stories about this but I still have to write about it. I can’t even fathom one billion images. This past week, “FamilySearch International ( announced the online publication of its one billionth image of historic records at, a feat that took just 7 years to accomplish.” I still […]