If you know me very well, you know that I am super into family history research and temple work. So much so that I gave family history-themed Christmas gifts this past year. I have been to the temple almost every week in 2014, mostly with my own family names that I find for my youth and me. My two older college kids have caught the spirit of Elijah as well, and are finding names on their own and going to the Rexburg Temple. It’s a great family project to share names to do the work. I just have to say, there are no lines in the temple on Halloween, Black Friday, or the day after Christmas or New Year’s. Yep, Friday has been my temple day lately, as all of those days came on Friday this past year. I am not saying any of this to brag, but to say that I am convinced of the blessings we get from doing this work, that we can’t get in any other way, and I don’t want to be without these blessings. (Now that my youngest is 5, it is definitely easier for me to get the temple than when I had a nursing baby.)
I take Elder Andersen’s #TempleChallenge seriously! I have received the following wonderful blessings that Elder Andersen promises, from taking on the temple challenge:
I would love to help you all learn how to find your own names. Today’s technology makes it so easy, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house to do the research. I put together a page over here showing the basics of how to get started. I am having so much fun finding out who my long lost cousins are! One of them turned out to be my good friend and former LLL co-Leader. We share a Johnson line back to Lorenzo Johnson, a Mormon pioneer, who is descended from William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Plantation. Lorenzo’s grandmother was Rhuama Stevens, whose grandfather was William Bradford’s son, William Bradford IV.
Today’s technology not only makes discovering your genealogy easy, but also fun. Using Google Earth, you can see places where your ancestors lived without leaving your cozy nest. I am so excited to announce that Lisa Louise Cooke, one of my favorite genealogy bloggers and podcasters, from lisalouisecooke.com, is doing a free webinar on using Google Earth for genealogy very soon. You can see her talking in the video above with a Google Earth guru at Roots Tech. She’s a Google Earth guru herself. You usually have to pay to have access to her full Google Earth video as a premium member of her website, so I am hoping she covers a lot of the same stuff in this free webinar, sponsored by Familysearch.org, via the Illinois Genealogical Society.
Using Google Earth for Genealogy Webinar
by Lisa Louise Cooke
Tuesday January 13, 2015
6:00 PM Pacific
7:00 PM Mountain
8:00 PM Central
9:00 PM Eastern
You can register for the webinar here.
Here is a description of the webinar from the web site page I just linked to above.
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: In this extremely popular class Google Earth Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will teach you how to unlock mysteries in your research: from unidentified photographs, to how an ancestral location looked a hundred years ago or more, to plotting homesteads precisely using land patent legal descriptions. You’ll learn how to interpret the genealogical records you already have in new and exciting ways, and be amazed to discover that Google Earth is one of the best free genealogical tools available!
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a multi-media production company, and host ofThe Genealogy Gems Podcast at www.genealogygems.com. Her podcasts bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists around the world, and has been downloaded over 1.5 million times.
Lisa is the author of four books including “Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse,” and “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox,” a regular contributor to Family Tree Magazine, producer of the video series “Google Earth for Genealogy” and over 60 videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel, and a popular international speaker.
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ISGS webinars are held on the second Tuesday of each month and begin at 8 PM Central. Each webinar is about an hour long.
I hope you come! Lisa has a way of explaining genealogy and technology in clear and easy to understand terms so I know you are going to love it. Below is an intro to her website.