Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Indexing Obituaries. Volunteer Today!

Have you tried your hand at Indexing?  How about Indexing Obituaries?  I recently had the pleasure of trying this particular indexing experience at RootsTech2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It is easy and very interesting.  Here is how to get started:

1. Download the indexing program.  Go to and click GET STARTED.

2. Sign in.  Open the program and sign in with your FamilySearch or LDS account.

3.  Download a batch.  Click the Download Batch button and select Show All Projects.  Look for any project that includes the word Obituaries.

4.  Index and Submit.  Follow the instructions provided as you index all of the names from each obituary in your batch.

5.  Keep Going.  Download another batch and keep going.  Every obituary indexed is another story ready to be told and another person waiting to be found.

(Taken from the FamilySearch Indexing flier given at RootsTech2014.)

Once you have tried your hand at indexing obituaries, share your experience!  Did you come across someone you or someone you know are related to?  Was there a story there that you would like to share?  Let's hear from you!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Welcome to The Golden Age of Genealogy!

Over the years I have had a few family blogs, but this is my first official genealogical blog.  It took me weeks and weeks to come up with a suitable name!  So many catchy names were already used, and others would have been cliché.  Why Golden Age?  In today’s technological world, it is truly a perfect time to be doing family history.   There is no greater time to be alive or dead when it comes to family history work.  An odd statement, I know.  But think of it this way, our ancestors want to be found and we want to find them.  So many avenues are being opened to make that happen.  It is truly a great time to research family history!  So, welcome to The Golden Age of Genealogy!

The purpose of this blog is to pass along genealogical news and tips as I come across them in my own journey in doing genealogical research.  I am human, however, and just like everyone else, I make mistakes.  So, please don’t take anything I say as pure gospel! But where I can pass on leads and useful information that may lead you in the right direction in doing your own family research, I am happy to oblige.  Just forgive me if I err.  When at all possible, I will make clear my source of the information provided, so that you can further delve into areas that are of interest to you.

A bit about me.  I am a mom of two wonderful kids, and married for over 25 years to my best friend.  I grew up as the daughter of professional genealogists and historians.  Since the age of 7, I have spent weekends and vacations in courthouse basements, cemeteries, archive buildings and interviewing the elderly.  Lucky for me, I enjoyed every minute of it!  Now, I spend anywhere for 40-60 hours a week doing research not only for myself, but for others as well.  When I am not researching, you can find me in abandoned cemeteries across Virginia doing what I can to restore them and keep the memory of those buried there alive.  Nights and rainy days have me curled up indexing or transcribing on  I live and breathe genealogy!  Crazy! I know! 

I hope you enjoy The Golden Age of Genealogy.  If at any time you have questions, feel free to post them.  I will do what I can to answer you or at the very least point you in the right direction.
Let’s start digging!