Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I was an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. In recent months I was director of this FHC. 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/

Monday, January 25, 2010

Free web sites My old web page http://bill_buchanan.tripod.com has disappeared. I will miss it. It has been with me since at least 2002. In recent years I have moved on to larger sites. Clawz.com proved to be undependable, as the site was up and down like a yoyo. So far byethost.com has proven to be excellent in the 13 months I have used it. Synching to nFS At present my big task is using Ancestral Quest 12.1 to synchonize my database with http://new.familysearch.org, which should go public sometime in the next year or two. Why bother? Well, if I die tomorrow, my genealogy will not be lost, even if the interest in genealogy skips a generation, as it often does. Genealogy software I few minutes ago I made this posting to Dick Eastman's blog: http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2010/01/rootsmagic-essentials.html I am sure that Rootsmagic is a wonderful program, and when I have some extra time I will probably try [the free RootsMagic] Essentials. Right now I am using Ancestral Quest to synchronize my PAF database with new familysearch. Ancestral Quest also has some features that PAF does not, so why do I hold onto PAF? 1. ease of use 2. familiarity, which makes it super fast 3. advanced focus filter of great flexibility 4. unbeatable free support locally and at 1-866-406-1830 5. notes of unlimited size (PAF is my filing cabinet) 6. ease of creating a web site 7. support for multiple languages and scripts 8. ability to run program and data from a flash drive I note that the lastest RootsMagic now has points 7 & 8. I have tried to love Legacy, I am trying to enjoy Ancestral Quest, and I am curious about RootsMagic, but in most situations PAF gets my job done easier and faster. PAF (Personal Ancestral File) is free from http://familysearch.org

Saturday, January 09, 2010

On the evening of December 22, Judy and I braved the cold to watch two performances of the outdoor nativity pageant. Laurel and Chris portrayed Mary and Joseph, and their children played the part of residents of Bethlehem. Even little Cadence put on 5 performances in the cold, and never complained. I was impressed. James and Karin attended, along with her cousin who is studying with the missionaries and his girlfriend and her son.
Christmas was beautiful! Rob, James and Karin, and Evelyn's family arrived on the 24th. For Christmas eve we read the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2 and Matthew chapter 2, and sang O Little Town of Bethlehem. We also read the story of how Silent Night came to be written.
On Christmas Day, I passed out the presents to those who were in the house, and set aside the gifts of those who had not yet arrived. Andrew, Blaine, and Laurel arrived with their families; and the remaining gifts were passed out. We had a special treat as my nephew Justin and his family came to spend Christmas day with us. I gave them a copy of the "Our Buchanans and Watsons" book as a gift.
To my surprise, our children gave me a Canon A2000 digital camera. For the past two years I have been thinking of getting a camera that could take sound videos and photograph photos and documents. Now I have one. Wow! What a wonderful family we have!
January 2 is my official release date ending my 30-month service mission for FamilySearch.org. On Sunday night I conducted my final group meeting, as I introduced the members of my group to their new MLs. I will miss the members of my group.
One last thing I have been asked to do is to give the monthly devotional on January 12th. I have had so many special experiences that it is hard to know where to start. I guess I will need to report how it went.
On Monday January 4th we emptied my office. Tuesday we touched up the plaster and bought the paint, and a 4GB card for my camera. Wednesday we sanded and painted the walls. Thursday we removed the baseboards and the old carpet, installed the new laminate, and repainted the baseboards. My old knees and hips are not what they used to be!
Friday we installed the baseboards and moved everything back into the room.
Today is Saturday, so I will enjoy a relaxing day at the temple.