Relative Finder from RootsTech 2016

Relative Finder is a fun, free genealogy program that's jokingly referred to as the "gateway drug to family history." Check it out and you'll see why: RelativeFinder.org.  Relative Finder is a genealogy program that was developed by Tom Sederberg at BYU. It's been around a while but has a new look and some new features and kids and adults alike love it! And did you miss the "free" part? It's free genealogy!!! I've created a short video if you'd like to see the program in action. Relative Finder shows relationships between users and other people, living or deceased. To use Relative Finder you’ll need to have a FamilySearch account and tree and you’ll login with your FamilySearch account. FamilySearch is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you can create free trees on their site (a word to the wise, your FamilySearch tree shouldn’t be your only family tree or gedcom file--I'll blog about another time.) When I login, Relative Finder will show …
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7 Free Genealogy Steals to Boost Your Research Now

7 Free Genealogy Steals in January include: FindMyPast.com has free access to over 8 billion records 22-25 January. Local subscribers get World access; World subscribers get 3 additional days added to their subscription. If you have any UK heritage, this is a must!   Ancestry.com has free access to all Australian records 22-26 January *AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) MyHeritage.com has a large collection of free digitized books available for searching/reading (over 37 million pages in 150,000 books relevant to family history). Read about the collection here. Search the collection for your ancestors here. Just tried this and found a clue for my hard-to-trace Canadian ancestry! Must finish blog quickly and get back to the search! AmericanAncestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society) has an offering for 2016: become a guest user, get a free account, have access to eleven free databases, and all new databases are free for 30 days!  …
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Top Free Genealogy Message Boards

Genealogy Message Boards and Forums are a fun way to connect with other researchers or jump-start your family history research when you’ve hit a bump in the road. It’s encouraging to chat with others who are working on similar lines. And with the advantages of Social Media you have more options than ever! Top Free Genealogy Message Boards include:       RootsWeb and the Message Boards at Ancestry RootsWeb and the Message boards at Ancestry.com are the same thing. This is a free family history message board. RootsWeb was purchased by Ancestry.com and Ancestry has kept it as a free offering and they have merged the message boards. You can search by Locale, Surname, Topic, or Keyword. They boast 25 million posts over 198,000 boards so there’s a lot of content.     GenForum GenForum is a free genealogy message board. It was started by Genealogy.com which was acquired by Ancestry.com and is kept as a separate message board/forum from RootsWeb. It boasts “14,000 on…
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