Sunday, September 20, 2015

Willow Wood 40-Day Challenge

The bishop has encouraged every member of our ward to step up and receive the full blessings of family history work. Participate in the Willow Wood 40-Day Challenge by having each member of your family 1) find the name of at least one ancestor and 2) take that name to the temple to perform an ordinance during the week of October 15th.

Start by committing yourself to this goal and pick one of the four following ways to get started.  The Lord will bless your efforts and you will come to know the “additional joy of receiving both halves of the blessing of Temple and Family History work”.

The following links should provide you with all of the information you need to get started.

If you would like additional help, we have also created three more ways to help you achieve your goal and receive the promised blessings:

  1. CONTACT Any of our Family History Consultants 
    • Craig or Terry Salmon - (801) 712-2923 -
    • Annie Page, Tracey Bryant, Doug Jessop
    • All Teachers and Mia Maids have been called and set apart to help:
      • Sage Acord, Sophia Gardner, Haley Phelps, Mikayla Savage, Ellie Tracy, Josh Beckman, Gavin Burningham, Sam Burningham, Tom Page, Brevin Smith, and Austin Walker
  2. JOIN US Any Sunday
    • Family History Class - 3nd overflow during 2nd hour OR
    • Immediately after 3-hour block for individual consulting (3rd overflow)
  3. ASK Your Home Teachers or Visiting Teachers
    • There is a special lesson that your home teachers and/or visiting teachers can prepare for their September visit.

Class Notes on Photos & Videos

In addition to the class notes that follow, I have prepared detailed instructions on how to digitize all family memories here:
How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials

PREPARATION - Bring pictures, scrap box, framed photo, negatives, scrapbook, etc.

  1. Make a list of all the "stuff" you're saving for family history --
Photos, Videos, Snapchats, FB Posts, Blogs, Selfies, Old Home Movies, Documents, Certificates, Report Cards, Kindergarten Art, Family pictures, vacation videos
  1. Highlight the Pictures

Begin with the end in mind - What do you want to do with each one? Each group?
PRESERVE / ORGANIZE - Acid free paper, CD / DVD, photos / negatives, slides - long lasting (cool, dry)
  • Multiple locations
  • Never one hard drive or one cloud
  • Online / Cloud
    • Filesharing (Google Drive, MS One Drive, Dropbox,
      • Mirroring, autobackup
    • Photos (Snapfish, Picasa,
    • Filenaming (future generations, organizing)
    • Albums (deconstruct, reconstruct?)

INCORPORATE - Tie to family tree, Crest, (FamilySearch handout)

SHARE - Throwback Thursday, Jigsaw Puzzle, Mosaic, Greeting Card, Coloring Book, Online Sharing Apps (Handout / comparison)
  • Digitize (DPI/pixels, format, size (dimension & file)),
  • Photo Scanning (Allen's, Costco, Family History Center) Photocopy?
  • Access, View, Edit (Professional to Amateur - Photoshop, Picasa,
  • Printed photobooks

NO "ALL-IN-ONE" SOLUTION - May have to use multiple methods


Covert old VHS to DVD
  • Store online (at least in two places
  • Use source closest to original (8mm if you have them)

Save original - work/edit/clip/color correct copies

Frame grab photos (or take original film (8mm) to Allen's for enlargement)

Have a family movie night where everybody brings their oldest videos and serve popcorn

.VOD - Rip

Demonstrate Premiere Pro

Collect videos from phone & categorize / share online - Smugmug

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Involving Others in Family History

Older "traditional" genealogists
Younger "tech savvy" online socialites
It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and to tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation.
This link provides a series of 3-5 minute videos about topics like:
  • Cousin Bait (fishing the Internet)
  • Start old school: searching and priming Message Boards
  • Writing that perfect message board query
  • Do you need more email
  • Facebook isn't just for cat videos
  • Twitter: Genealogy in 140 characters
  • Pinterest - Visualizing Genealogy
  • Searching for Blogs about your ancestors
  • Create your own blog

Message Boards
Genforum Message Boards:
Cyndi's List Message Board & Queries:

Email Lists
Rootsweb Email Lists:

Technology for Genealogy:


Pinterest Pinterest Boards:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Youth Temple Challenge - Getting Started

In front of more than 4,000 youth at the 2014 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City this past February, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a challenge: “My challenge for you is to prepare as many names for the temple as you perform baptisms in the temple.” At the same conference a year later his message was essentially the same...adding only the following eight words "...and help someone else do the same."

See highlights from Elder Andersen's presentation.
The challenge can be broken down into four simple steps:
1. Accept the challenge.
2. Find a family name.3. Go to the temple.
4. Share with others.

All youth can learn more about the challenge, make use of a number of helpful online tools and accept Elder Andersen's challenge by vising a special website created just for this purpose at