Thursday, December 26, 2013

Watch This Amazing Video And Tell Me There is no God

"We occupy a very tiny place in the Heavens."

"These Galaxies are racing away from us faster than the speed of light"

Joseph Smith also translated the Book of Moses - not  a part of the Book of Mormon.

Note what Moses saw as you watch this video: " The words of God, which he aspake unto Moses at a time when Moses was caught up into an exceedingly high bmountain,
 And he asaw God bface to face, and he ctalked with him, and thedglory of God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence.
 And God spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I am the Lord GodaAlmighty, and bEndless is my cname; for I am without beginning of days or end of years; and is not this endless?
 And, behold, thou art my son; wherefore alook, and I will show thee the bworkmanship of mine chands; but not all, for my dworks are without eend, and also my fwords, for they never cease.
 Wherefore, no man can behold all my aworks, except he behold all my bglory; and no man can cbehold all my dglory, and afterwards remain in the flesh on the earth.
 And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son; and thou art in theasimilitude of mine bOnly cBegotten; and mine Only Begotten is and shall be the dSavior, for he is full of egrace and ftruth; but there is gno God beside me, and all things are present with me, for Ihknow them all.
 And now, behold, this one thing I show unto thee, Moses, my son, for thou art in the world, and now I show it unto thee.
 And it came to pass that Moses looked, and beheld the aworld upon which he was created; and Moses bbeheld the world and the ends thereof, and all the children of men which are, and which were created; of the same he greatly cmarveled and wondered.
 And the apresence of God withdrew from Moses, that his bglory was not upon Moses; and Moses was left unto himself. And as he was left unto himself, he cfell unto the earth.

There Is A New View In Family Tree

This portrait pedigree view has been released, today. No child expansion, data editing, or temple information, as of yet, so there are still be changes to be made, but users now have another view to aid them in tree traversal. I love that our ancestor's photos finally appear in one of the tree views. Make sure to let the developers know what you think. 

The new view can be selected from the home page of family tree.
Click the dropdown and select portrait view.

It's very nice

Just a little enhancement of the many being developed for our enjoyment.

Last I heard was that the mobile FamilyTree apps are still slated for release around 2nd quarter, next year.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Coming Soon To Family Tree

Yep, I was informed this week that perhaps the next upgrade in family tree will include photos in the pedigree view. Cool, get those photos uploaded folks; as of this posting there are now 1,640,035 photos in the tree. It seems like that number is about 200,000 more than this morning.

 I am kind shocked about the Porter line. I haven't focused on it much, thinking that there were so many stalwart Latter Day Saint Porters; but it seems like they think everyone else is doing the work. I have been adding things I found in my mothers files; but am surprised what I am finding of hers is on Porter relatives with very little put into the tree.

Wow, I just checked the photo count again; it is up about 200 in 5 minutes. Awesome! 
Update: 19 hours later:  1,643,496  photos on the tree: an increase of 3,461.
Get the picture
Oh, You've got the picture
Post it then 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Waiting…..Waiting for Christmas

by Elizabeth English
Herman and I finally locked our store and dragged ourselves home. It was 11 p.m. Christmas Eve. We’d sold almost all of our toys; and all of the layaway, except one package, had been picked up. But the person who had put a dollar down on that package never appeared.

Early Christmas morning our 12 year old son, Tom, Herman and I were out under the tree opening up gifts. But there was something humdrum about this Christmas. Tom was grown up, and I missed his childish exuberance of past years. As soon as breakfast was over, he left to visit friends and Herman disappeared into the bedroom, mumbling, “I’m going back to sleep.”

So there I was alone. It was nearly 9 a.m. 

Sleet mixed with snow cut the air outside. “Sure glad I don’t have to go out on a day like today,” I thought to myself. And then it began—something I’d never experienced before. A strange, persistent urge. “Go to the store,” it seemed to say. “That’s crazy,” I said to myself, “no one opens shop on Christmas day.” For an hour I fought that strange feeling. Finally, I could stand it no longer. I got dressed. 

I put on my wool coat, placed my hat on my head, then my galoshes, scarf and gloves. Once outside, the wind cut right through me and sleet stung my cheeks. I felt ridiculous. I had no business being out in the bitter chill.
There was the store just ahead. “But, what in the world?” I wondered. In front of the store stood two little boys—huddled together, poorly dressed, and half frozen. One was about nine, the other six.

“Here she comes!” yelled the older one. “See, I told you she would come,” he said. The younger one’s face was wet with tears, but when he saw me his eyes opened wide and his sobbing stopped.

“What are you two children doing out here?” I scolded, hurrying them into the store.
“We’ve been waiting for you,” replied the older. “My little brother Jimmy didn’t get any Christmas. We want to buy some skates. That’s what he wants.”
I looked at the three dollars in his hand and at their expectant faces. Then I looked around the store. “I’m sorry” I said, “but we have no ska….” Then my eye caught sight of the layaway shelf with its lone package. Could it be? I walked over and unwrapped the package. Miracles of miracles, there was a pair of skates!

Jimmy reached for them. “Lord,” I said silently, “let them be his size.” And miracle added upon miracle. They were his size. When the older boy finished tying the laces and saw that the skates fit perfectly, he stood up and presented the dollars to me.
“No, I’m not going to take your money,” I told him. “I want you to have these skates and use your money to get some gloves for your hands.” What I saw in Jimmy’s eyes was like a blessing. It was pure joy, and it was beautiful. My low spirits rose.

As I locked the door, I turned to the older brother and said, “How lucky that I happened to come along when I did. How did you boys know I would come?”
I wasn’t prepared for his reply. His gaze was steady, and he answered me softly. “I knew you would come. I asked Jesus to send you.”

The tingles in my spine weren’t from the cold. I knew God had planned this. As we waved good-bye, I returned home to a brighter Christmas than I had left.

Lots of Love becomes read only today

Expect that to happen early afternoon.

This will lead to fixing sot of problems, the most sought after solution being able to merge flies that have been too large.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Coming Soon To Family Tree

Coming Soon
You will be able to attach an image to a source whose citation is typed into Family Tree (a user-entered source). Users have been asking for this capability ever since we started allowing sources in Family Tree, so it should prove popular.

When the option is released, it will show up here:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Is For Fun

An old man calls up his son and says, Listen, your mother and I are getting divorced. Forty-five years of misery is enough. 
Dad, what are you talking about?  the son screams. “We cant stand the sight of each other any longer,” he says. Im sick of her face, and Im sick of talking about this, so call your sister and tell her, and he hangs up. Now, the son is worried. So he calls up his sister. She says, Like hell they’re getting divorced! and calls her father immediately. You’re not getting divorced! Dont do another thing, the two of us are flying home tomorrow to talk about this. Until then, dont call a lawyer, dont file a paper, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and she hangs up. 
The old man turns to his wife and says Okay, they’re coming for Christmas and paying their own airfare. 
An old man calls his son and says, "listen, your mother and I are getting divorced. Forty-five years of misery is enough".
"Dad, what are you talking about?" the son screams.
"We can't stand each other any longer," he says. "I'm sick of her face, and I'm sick of talking about this, so call your sister and tell her." and he hangs up.

Now the son is worried. He calls his sister. She says, "like hell they're getting divorced!" She calls their father immediately. "You're not getting divorced!" Don't do another thing. The two of us are flying home tomorrow to talk about this. Until then, don't call a lawyer, don't file a paper. DO YOU HEAR ME?" She hand up the phone.

The old man turns to his wife and says, "Okay, they're both coming for Christmas and paying their own airfares.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Regularly Check the FamilySearch Blog: Here Some Changes In Family Tree Announced There

When you are viewing a historical record and you click Attach to Family Tree, the source, until now, has been automatically added to your Source Box. You now have the option to attach the source without adding it to the Source Box.
The option is available during the last step of the process, which is:
  1. Find a historical record that is about one of your ancestors who is in Family Tree, and click Attach to Family Tree.

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2. Find the person by using the Possible Matches tab, the History List tab, or the ID number. In this case, I’m using the ID number:
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3.  When the right person comes up:
  • Enter a reason that you are attaching the source.
  • Click the Add Source to Source Box checkbox if you want this source to be added to your source box.
  • Click Attach.
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Attach Browse-Only Images as Sources, and Edit the Title
When you are viewing an image from an unindexed (“browse only”) collection on FamilySearch, you can now attach that image to a person in Family Tree as a source. You can also edit the title of that source, since the title that is automatically generated may not have much meaning. During the attaching process, you have the option to include this item in your source box or to leave it out.
An important thing to note: The option to attach an image (rather than an index page) is available for browse-only images. For indexed images, you must still begin the attaching process from the page containing the indexed information.
  1. Find the image that you want to use as a source.
  2. Click the Sources option. (This option shows up on browse-only collections.)
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3.  Click one of the following:
  • Click Attach to Family Tree if you know the person in Family Tree you want to attach it to. From here, you can edit the title, select the person, and enter a reason.
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If you click Person, you see your Family Tree history list. You can select a person from there or enter the ID number of a person who isn’t on the list.
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  • Click Add to My Source Box if you want to do the attaching later. From here, you can edit the title to something more meaningful.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

This Is Fascinating: Rootsmapper

This is a picture that I snipped from my screen. It is the migration patterns of my first 8 generations as seen from

Rootsmapper is on of the new FamilySearch partners. I am guessing they are part of the new Discovery Centers experience I wrote about here in the article about the Discovery Centers: 

You just login at their home page (your photo from family tree, if you have uploaded one your migration pattern appears.
Yes, I immigrated from Pocatello to Seattle To Salt Lake City. Or is that emigrated?

Their website is simple, not a lot of options. The action takes place when you select another generation. Like this one where I chose two. The results are embedded into a Google Map, therefore you can change sizes and move it around. It shows that my family went from Utah to Idaho to Washington, and now I am back.

Click on one of the numbered pins and it identifies that ancestor, with a little graphic of the pedigree relationships. Pretty cool. To make the graphic get simpler to view the trash can on the left removes a specific pin and line. 

Running the 3rd generation graphic shows my first ancestor crossing the pond. It shows my Pennsylvania and Indiana roots. Enlarged I can see it clearer.I can see those who came west.

Whoa, look at the 4th generation. Am I a Brit or what?
Actually here is something I had not known before, or ever noticed. It kind of disappoints me. It's the Cornwall, England Connection with John Franklin Rich. He was born in Perranuthnoe, Cornwall, England. He went straight to Utah. I was a missionary in Cornwall. I was one of the first group of missionaries to return since the early missionaries in the 1830's. I was there for months. I loved Cornwall but didn't know that one my ancestors came from there. I could have been looking for other ancestors. Yikes that is disappointing. What a lost opportunity. 

 Here is a 7th generation clip: Yep, more Rich's in Cornwall. Three of them right there in Truro, my assigned area. Oh, man this ticks me off. I'm Cornish. No wonder I loved Cornish Pasties.
Now it's your turn to go play. It is a cool site.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Welcome New Update In Family Tree

Within the Family Members display, we now display relationship types between a child and his or her parents. Non-biological types are listed including the date, if the relationship contains one, and the relationship type. See the example below.