What a fantastic, fun filled, 3-day event of premier genealogical education that was! There were genealogical presentations on such a wide variety of topics, and from so many well-known speakers! With so many presentations going on live at the same time, you had to pick and choose carefully which ones you wanted to see live and right away. I’m not too worried about missing others that I really wanted to hear, because they’ll be available in a couple of weeks from now, until the end of December!
Even though I’m not a beginner, I still joined the FREE “Getting Started for Beginners Day”. I had the time, it’s always good to support and cheer on your peers, and it gave me an opportunity to see how others present and check out their slide shows! 😉
Which did I get to watch? I had the chance to hear:
Hopefully I’ll have time to watch a couple of others, I had to miss because of coinciding with other talks I wanted to hear, when the recordings come out. 😉
I don’t usually join a lot of presentations at an event, but I am learning that even if you think you know the topic inside and out, there is ALWAYS something new to learn!
I learned a lot of new German research tips from Charlotte, in which most weren’t even part of the main presentation but rather the adlibs and sidenotes!
I learned about the new, since June 2022, Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland from David Ryan, which I knew absoultely nothing about before this!
Even though I’m not a beginner, I actually learned some new tips from Cheri Hudson Passey, on the beginners day!
I loved how Whitney Tolman reminded us to “Find out what your clients like”, reminding us that not all clients need or want a long drawn-out report. Some like more details, while some may not and would rather have charts, graphs, or pictures. I definitely concur, thanks Whitney!
And even though I have been using the majority of the same techniques since the beginning of my research days, I had never thought about the DAR descendant database for cousin bating, which I learned from Christine Cohan!
I enjoyed all the presentations that I got to hear, and I commend everyone on a job well done! My absolute fave of the entire conference though, the Keynote Speaker, Craig Scott! I’ve got to say, he was about the best keynote I have ever heard, for ANY kind event! I learned some tips for business marketing analysis, being on the lookout for industry trends, and a few other business tips!
Were you able to join the Summit of Excellence genealogy conference this year? If so, what were you able to learn?
If you missed the UGA Summit of Excellence this year, don’t worry, there is always next year! 😉
Learn about more fantastic genealogy events, classes and presentations in Genealogy Events.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. It is also a great opportunity to explore your own Hispanic ancestry and learn more about your family's origins.
How to Start Hispanic Genealogy Research
If you are interested in learning more about your Hispanic ancestry and heritage, you might be wondering how to start your genealogy research. Genealogy is the study of family history and origins, and it can help you discover your roots, connect with relatives, and preserve your legacy.
Online Genealogy Sites for Hispanic Research
Some of the most popular and reliable sites for Hispanic genealogy research are:
Records for Hispanic Genealogy Research
Another important aspect of Hispanic genealogy research is to know what types of records are available and how to use them effectively. Some of the most useful records for tracing your Hispanic ancestors are:
By using these online genealogy sites and genealogy records, you can discover more about your Hispanic heritage and connect with your ancestors. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
More Hispanic Genealogy and other Genealogy Resources:
Learn about more Hispanic genealogy research resources, along with other family history and genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
FamilySearch’s Fan Chart View Feature for Your Family Tree!
Last week I had mentioned that Ancestry had just updated the way you can view your trees, with their new Fan View feature, in Ancestry’s New Fan View Feature for Your Family Tree! Many have mentioned that they cannot access, or no longer have access to, the settings/tools. I mentioned that this feature was in BETA, which means it could stay or go, it could be tweaked or added to, and more. While we wait to see if it will be a permanent feature, I’d like to bring up where else you can get this feature from, and for FREE!
Did you know that FamilySearch has the same exact thing, and with more settings? That’s right (since about 2018, I think) FamilySearch has a Fan Chart View option for your family tree!
If you’re lucky enough to have the correct info in your world collaborative tree, and you are one to add photos, stories, and more to that tree, then this is just as cool, if not more, than Ancestry’s. I do know that my info is correct for at least the first 5 generations (their default), and I’m sure many of yours are as well. You can see and work from your family tree in an aesthetically colorful fan view, making it fun to work on your family history and genealogy!
Fan Chart Settings/Tools
Family Lines Fan Chart
The Family Lines Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is a colorfully aesthetic family tree view that is the default view. From here, you can get to the Fan View Settings and change the fan view, or the generations shown.
Birth Place Fan Chart
The Birth Place Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is color coded with bright colors that shows you all the birth countries of each ancestor. You also have an additional setting to highlight a specific country/birthplace.
Sources Fan Chart
The Sources Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is, once again, color coded with a gradient color that shows you how many sources you have for each ancestor from least to most, letting you see where you are lacking. This can also be highlighted as well.
Stories Fan Chart
The Stories Fan Chart Family Tree View Setting is also color coded with a gradient color, that can also be highlighted, that shows you how many stories you have added to your ancestors, from least to most. As you can see, I have none.
Photos Fan Chart
The Photos Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is also color coded with a gradient color that shows you how many photos you have added for each ancestor from least to most, helping you see who you need some or more photos for. This can, again, can be highlighted.
Research Helps Fan Chart
The Research Helps Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is color coded with bright colors that shows you Data Problems (such as missing a standardized location, a possible duplicate, and more), Record Hints, and Research Suggestions (like a possible missing child due to age gap, a possible other spouse due to age and other spouse’s death, and more) for each ancestor. I find this chart the most helpful. 😉
Inverted Colors Fan Chart View
You can even invert the colors and print all of the charts out!
How to Get to FamilySearch’s Fan Chart Family Tree Views
To be honest, I don’t usually keep up with my tree on FamilySearch, unless I want to correct it for the purpose of printing out a family tree chart. Keeping up with a tree on too many platforms is a bit overwhelming, as well as working in a collaborative tree with so many making changes. 😉 They do have some of the best charts out there, and for FREE. FamilySearch is also my number one place to search for records, as I feel that they have the best search engine, and for fun activities. 😊
More FamilySearch and Genealogy Resources
Learn about more FamilySearch updates, tips, tools, and features and other family history and genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
Ancestry’s New Fan View Feature!
Ancestry has just updated the way you can view your trees, with their new Fan View feature! See and work from your family tree in an aesthetically colorful fan view, making it fun to work on your family history and genealogy!
This feature is still in BETA mode, so it may not be available to all yet. It also means they may tweak it or add more to it. 😉
Fan View Settings/Tools
Family Lines Fan View
The Family Lines View setting for your Ancestry family tree is a colorfully aesthetic family tree view that is the default view. From here, you can get to the Fan View Settings and change the fan view, or the generations shown.
Hints Fan View
The Hints View setting for your Ancestry family tree is color coded with a gradient color that shows how many hints you have from the least to the most, for each ancestor.
Photos Fan View
The Photos View setting for your Ancestry family tree is also color coded with a gradient color that shows you how many photos you have for each ancestor from least to most, helping you see who you need some or more photos for.
Sources Fan View
The Sources View setting for your Ancestry family tree is, once again, color coded with a gradient color that shows you how many sources you have for each ancestor from least to most, letting you see where you are lacking.
How to Get to Fan View
It's easy to get to Fan View! Just toggle the view switch to Fan View!
This chart is also printable!
I absolutely love looking at the view and seeing where I lack photos and sources, but I’m not sure how I feel working from it.
If you’re lucky enough to have this BETA tester at Ancestry.com, check it out!
More Ancestry and Genealogy Resources
Learn about more Ancestry updates, tips, tools, and features and other family history and genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
Are you looking for an event with fantastic presentations on a variety of genealogical subjects all in one spot? UGA’s 52nd Summit of Excellence is coming up in just a couple of more weeks, and you don’t want to miss out!
The Summit of Excellence, is the Utah Genealogical Association’s annual virtual conference that provides premier genealogical education.
Scanty family history? Unknown parents or other relatives? Learn how to document and follow every single clue to build your family tree! Register for UGA’s 52ndt Summit of Excellence, and come hear “It’s All in the Clues!”, under their Methodology and Problem Solving track!
Distinguished genealogical speakers from all over; including from FamilySearch, Brigham Young University, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the Family History Library, and more, will be giving presentations on a wide range of topics given over a three-day event, from September 21-23, 2023. Thursday, September 21st, will include getting started courses for beginners. On Friday, September 22nd, there will be international, immigration, methodology and problem solving, and technology courses for all levels. Saturday, September 23rd, topics will include DNA, records, writing, organization, and source citing courses for all.
The best thing about a virtual conference is that you can still attend sessions that you’ve missed and will have access to the digital recordings of the sessions for several months after!
You won’t want to miss out, and still have time to register!
Register here!: Register
View the schedule here to see all the premier genealogical presentations being offered this year!: Summit of Excellence 2023 Conference Schedule
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I hope my family history and genealogy blog on genealogy research tips, resources, events, and more, along with my own genealogy journeys, will help you in your research and in building your family tree to learn more about your ancestors and family history to preserve for future generations to come!