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“What wakes you up at night?”

Monday, April 6th, 2009

At the recent Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University March 13-14 in Provo, Utah, keynote speaker Susan Easton Black posed the question “What wakes you up in the night?”

For Black, a world-renowned author of over 100 books on genealogy and history, she is “up at night” with genealogy. After telling the audience she finds “great joy” in doing genealogy every day, she remarked to the at-capacity crowd, “It’s obvious I’m not alone!”

At FamilyLink.com we know there are many people just like Black who find joy in searching for their ancestors and are “up at night” about genealogy and family history. And they are not alone. We are also “up at night” working with content partners from all over the world to digitize and index genealogical and historical data. Each day we add new content at WorldVitalRecords.com to help you in your quest. (We will soon open up our new genealogy portal site called GenSeek to provide access to millions of genealogical references from the Family History Catalog.)

We searched for some of our colleagues whom we know are “up in the night” over genealogy and found a few short vignettes we thought genealogy lovers would enjoy. Click on their story links to read and hear.

Many genealogy enthusiasts are familiar with Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, a popular writer and speaker on genealogy. According to her Web site, she is an “incurable genealogist” and “does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots.” She tells of a memory from when she was five years old that kept her searching for over 22 years for her ancestors.

Devoted genealogists for over a quarter century, Leland and Patty Meitzler have many tales to tell. Leland gives a good example of why genealogists should check every possible source they can for information about their ancestors.

Since 2003 StoryCorps.net, one of the largest oral history projects in the world, has collected over 35,000 stories from individuals who have shared their stories. We picked out a story of a mother and a son talking about their struggles as migrant workers.

Databases Highlighted Featuring Property Transactions in Nauvoo

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

This week we are featuring several databases compiled by Susan Easton Black. Black, prolific LDS author and historian, is one of the world’s renowned experts on Joseph Smith, Jr., a prominent religious and political figure during the 1830s and 1840s. His birthday was on December 23rd.

The primary database we are featuring from Black is her six-volume set, Property Transactions in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, and Surrounding Communities, 1839-1859 . This set is not available anywhere else! Nauvoo was founded by Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The city was originally called The City of Joseph. Listen to Susan Black talk about the database. LISTEN

Black has also compiled the following databases, important primarily to Latter-day Saints, as well as to individuals who had ancestors living in Illinois during 1830-1956:

Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Listen to Susan Black talk about the database. LISTEN Inscriptions Found on Tombstones and Monuments in Early Latter-day Saint Burial Grounds
Listen to Susan Black talk about the database. LISTEN Marriages in the Nauvoo Region 1839-1845
Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1830-1848
Listen to Susan Black talk about the database. LISTEN Members of the Ellsworth and McArthur Handcart Companies of 1856
Listen to Susan Black talk about the database. LISTEN
Members of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies of 1856
Listen to Susan Black talk about the database. LISTEN Members of the Mormon Battalion: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance
Pioneers of 1847: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance