Bill's Genealogy Blog
Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada.
Main website: http://billbuchanan.byethost17.com This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.
- Name: Bill Buchanan
- Location: Onoway, Alberta, Canada
I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 until the present I have provided part-time support for http://www.familysearch.org This is very rewarding. My greatest strength in this area is the free genealogy software Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5). I continue to help others with PAF and New FamilySearch. See
Since April 2010, I am an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Center. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/
Friday, May 29, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I have finished putting William Buchanan of Auchmar's 1723 book, "A Historical and Genealogical Essay Upon the Family and Surname of Buchanan" into a genealogy database. I plan to upload a gedcom file and a descendancy chart to my web site later this week. On a personal note, our weather has been rather pitiful, with occasional snow, but it is getting much better this last few days. I rented a roto-tiller, as mine refused to start despite all of my efforts. The rental unit worked perfectly, and took less time than my old tiller. I have to admit I found the more powerful tiller a bit stenuous for someone as out-of-shape as I am. On Mothers Day we were not expecting any of the kids home since our church meetings are in the afternoon. (We share a chapel with another congregation, and we get mornings on alternating years.) After we got home, Blaine phoned and asked if they could come over, we said "Yes, but it will only be us." About 10 minutes later I heard a car door slam, and thought "That was fast!" I looked out of the window and saw Laurel's family, followed about 10 minutes later by Andrew's family, then eventually Blaine's family. Rob was working, and Evelyn's family and James' both had car problems. But we had a good-sized group and had a wonderful time. During the week we replaced the alternator and battery in Evelyn & Ed's car, so they have transportation again. I dropped my copy of the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue over at James & Karin's house, and the car they bought was a new Hyundai Elantra , one of Consumer Reports' "Best Buys". That should solve their car problems for a few years. Evelyn and Ed are probably a few years from being able to do so. We hope for the best. So far our blue 2001 Pontiac Sunfire is still doing well at 325,000 km. I was not worried about driving it to Lethbridge and back. Saturday May 16th we drove down to Lethbridge for Judy's brother's wedding. We enjoyed meeting Anna, Bob's fiancee and much of her family. Anna and Bob met through their karaoke club, and after the wedding supper, it was dancing and karaoke time. (In case you wonder, I am a good listener.) Then Sunday we stopped off for church at Claresholm, and drove back home in time for my weekly 8 pm online FamilySearch group meeting. I am keeping very busy, and Judy has been busier than ever, planting the garden. But we are enjoying life.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Saturday, April 18th was a busy day for me. In the morning I gave a presentation to a church group made up mostly of LDS Family History Consultants from the greater Edmonton area. My topic was "How to Get Help From FamilySearch Support". It was a Powerpoint presentation on FamilySearch, and the resources and help available. Obviously it included the toll-free support number 1-866-406-1830 and the email address email@example.com I also mentioned that we are in need of good people to join our ranks as "support missionaries". Interestingly, a week later all LDS Family History Consultants received an email message from Salt Lake City extending the same invitation. Great minds think alike? or the Spirit was conveying the same message? It was an enjoyable meeting. My session followed an excellent session on research and research standards by Sue Barnsley, the trainer for the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Center. In the afternoon I gave a presentation "How to Put Your Genealogy on the Internet", Session D3 at the Alberta Genealogical Society's annual conference in the Chateau Louis Conference Center. This was a "live" session, and I had been warned that the internet connection in that room had not been working that morning. David Obee was giving the session before mine, and I decided to attend it to see if the internet connection was working. David gave an excellent session, but it was a slide presentation. I kept sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for him to access the internet but it never happened. At the end of his presentation, I went to my car to grab my old Win98 laptop, thinking that the laptop David used was his own. When I got back, someone pointed out that the laptop he had used belonged to the AGS and was available to all presenters. And the internet connection was working perfectly. I plugged my flash drive in the AGS laptop and I was "ready to roll". The people in attendance were excellent, and I was able to answer most of their questions as I demonstrated registering at http://tribalpages.com/ and uploading a gedcom file for an instant family tree on the internet. Then I demonstrated registering at http://blogger.com/ and doing a blog posting. I also demontrated registering at http://scribd.com/ and uploading an electronic document. Lastly I went to http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/ and discussed their message boards. Unfortunately I couldn't find one for Rogate, Sussex. I should have chosen a surname board, but the people in attendance seemed very satisfied with my presentation.