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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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 https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I am an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. 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/

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Home Again!
It is good to be home again. Over the past month we have looked Laurel's children, Andrew's house, and Blaine's house. And all of our charges survived: the children, the fish, the guinea pigs, the cocketiel, and the dog. Fortunately they were all easy to look after. The kids were wonderful. I also got to watch "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" with Laurel's family. I am glad I got to see it. Would I watch it again? Probably, ... at least once more.

Social Media
I have enjoyed access to high-speed internet, allowing me to view online genealogy videos and LegacyFamilyTree allowed me to take part in two of DearMyrtle's live webinars on the beta release of  the Google+ social media service. Now, if I can just figure out how to do a posting ...  OK ... so I missed the first part of the first Google+ webinar ...  :-)  Maybe someone can explain the process to me. I am sure it is not too complex. I like the concept of Circles, where you can share certain things with only the members of that particular Circle. Facebook seems like a free-for all, but it may be a reflexion on my lack of familiarity with how to organize it. On Facebook I am constantly bombarded by game invitations and other things that I find annoying, but I love the access to the latest family news and photos. Maybe Google+ will offer the benefits of Facebook without its draw-backs.

FamilySearch Indexing
I got a lot more indexing done on the Irish Tithe Applotment Records from the 1830s. The records I indexed were all in the south: County Mayo mostly. Still, these records will be useful to other people researching their family roots in Ireland.

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