Blog » Pam Velazquez The official blog of Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:41:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Family History Toolkit: Creating Timelines Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:58:06 +0000 Pam Velazquez Read more ]]> Timelines are great tools for deciphering all of your family history discoveries. They can help place your ancestor at a given time and help you understand your ancestor’s life and what records, events, etc. you might be missing. Use timelines to analyze the different records you have found and understand where you should be setting your sights in the future. Take a look at expert Juliana Szucs Smith’s presentation on creating family history timelines:

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Googling Your Family History [VIDEO] Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:17:17 +0000 Pam Velazquez You can search the internet from within your family tree. Join Crista Cowan to learn about crafting internet searches that will help you uncover information about your ancestors around the internet. As a bonus tip, she will share the best practice for saving this information to your family tree.


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What You Might Have Missed: April 7th Edition Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:15:44 +0000 Pam Velazquez Read more ]]> Blog Posts
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Genealogy Spring Cleaning [VIDEO] Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:03:10 +0000 Pam Velazquez Spring is officially here! Join Crista Cowan as she shares tips and tricks for pruning your family tree. You’ll discover ways to clean up, lighten up and freshen up your family history research.

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Updating Your Profile Page and Other Account Settings [VIDEO] Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:59:43 +0000 Pam Velazquez It is wise to do a little housekeeping in your online accounts. In this video, Crista Cowan shares best practices for keeping your profile fresh and interesting. She’ll also show you how to update your account settings so you see what you want to see from

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State Research Guides and Place Pages [VIDEO] Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:49:23 +0000 Pam Velazquez Read more ]]> Have you ever been researching your family history and realized that you don’t know much about the state they lived in? In this video Crista Cowan will show you how to locate state research guides and place pages that give you detailed information about when each state was settled, what records are available for that location and how you can access them.


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Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree [VIDEO] Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:34:29 +0000 Pam Velazquez We all make mistakes – especially when we are brand new to family history. In this video Crista Cowan shares some best practices for identifying and correcting common mistakes in your family tree. She’ll also share a few bonus tips for correcting mistakes in the trees of others.


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Join Us at NGS 2014! Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:09:09 +0000 Pam Velazquez Read more ]]> Join in Richmond, Virginia, at the National Genealogy Society 2014 Family History Conference for four days of family history learning and networking!NGS2014

NGS 2014 Family History Conference

Virginia: The First Frontier
7−10 May 2014
The Greater Richmond Convention Center and Richmond Marriott
Richmond, Virginia

Conference Sessions 

Register today to attend four full days of more than 175 lectures by the nation’s top genealogists. For full program details see the registration brochure at

Conference Highlights

Opening Session

Wednesday, 7 May, 8:00 a.m.

Librarian of Virginia and State Archivist Sandra Treadway will share what the Library of Virginia is doing to take a fresh look at all its traditional service models and its public spaces to create a more attractive, dynamic, easy-to-use, and customer-focused research and learning environment that is flexible enough to change and adapt over time.


Society Night

Wednesday, 7 May, 5:15 p.m.

Many Virginia genealogical and historical societies will be available to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

NGS First-Timers’ Breakfast

Thursday, 8 May, 7:00 a.m.

Network and share conference tips and strategies with other first-time attendees, NGS officers, and the NGS board of directors.

NGS Banquet

Friday, 9 May, 7:00 p.m.

Join NGS in welcoming David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA in “Celebrating Genealogical Credentials − The Accreditation and Certification Programs Turn 50!” sponsored by BCG and ICAPGen. Learn why the genealogical community’s efforts to raise the standards of excellence have benefitted ALL genealogists. Two organizations with one objective – research methodologies and standards we can trust.

NGS Luncheon

Saturday, 10 May, 12:15 p.m.

Join Patricia W. Potrzebowski, PhD, in “Vital Statistics Registrar and Genealogists: We Need to Talk!” What you need to know about the 2011 Revision of the Model Vital Statistics Act and how it may impact your access to vital records.


Pre-Conference Tours

Richmond Discoveries will be offering several tours on Monday, 5 May and Tuesday, 6 May 2014 prior to the National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please see Richmond Area Tours.

Exhibit Hall (free to the public) 
Visit more than 75 vendors, who offer a variety of genealogy-related products, services, and memberships.

Exhibit hall hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, 7 May, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8 May, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 May, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 May, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Register today to attend the
NGS 2014 Family History Conference.
See you in Richmond!

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The Winner of the February Branch Out Contest Is… Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:08:40 +0000 Pam Velazquez Read more ]]> With over 9,000 entries this past month, we’re excited to announce our third winner in the Branch Out contest! ACOM_BranchOut250x250_badge

The winner is…

Cindy Hillman from Alabama!


Cindy will be working with the ProGenealogists team to try and discover more about her paternal line – the McKinleys. Check back soon to hear more about Cindy’s family history story and what we’ll hopefully help her discover.

As mentioned there will be more chances to enter and win coming soon, but in the meantime, read more about Heidi Hall, our December Branch Out winner, and her family history story.


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MyCanvas @ RootsTech: Meeting New Cousins and Sharing Your Work Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:04:24 +0000 Pam Velazquez Read more ]]> Last week I was working at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. I was fortunate to be a presenter at the conference on MyCanvas and used my own tree and my own projects to demonstrate how MyCanvas works. At the end of my class, a woman approached me and said that she was related to several of the people in my tree! What a pleasant and unexpected surprise to connect with a “cousin” in my class. As we talked, we realized that we have pictures that the other didn’t, so we exchanged email addresses so we can share these with each other.

Later that day, as I was working in the booth, I repeated this experience two more times, all through different lines in my tree. One of my new “cousins” even wants to order a copy of one of the books I have made and had on display. created a self-publishing program you can use, free of charge, called MyCanvas. MyCanvas provides a way for you to create a beautiful family history book or family tree posters which can make sharing fun and enjoyable for everyone. However, did you also know that you can easily share your project with them online? Simply click on the Share this project link, enter someone’s email address, write a personal message, and send them an invitation to view your project!

The invitee will get an email saying that you have invited them to view your project, and provide a link they can click on to open and view your project. They will not be able to make any changes to your project, but they can view and order it from this link if they choose.

When they receive the invitation, and click on the link to view the project, this is how it looks:

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If you click in the lower right or left hand corners of the pages, the page will turn, and you can view this as though you were looking thru a book.

In the upper right corner is the Order button.

To share a project, click on the Share this project link on the My Projects page, found under the name of the project you want to share. Then click on “Email to a friend” in the drop down menu.

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Or, you can click on the Share this project link at the top of the page when your project is open.

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This is the box that opens where you can enter their email address, and a personal message.

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You may also check the box that will allow them to save a copy of the project to their own account. If they save a copy, they will be able to edit their copy, but their edits will not affect the original project in your account.  You may want allow them to save a copy in some circumstances. For example, they might not be interested in everything in the book, and may want to remove some pages that don’t directly relate to their family, and add others that would relate more to their branch of the family.

MyCanvas is a wonderful way to preserve and share your family history, photos, and stories. This Share feature enables you to easily share your work with others, even when they don’t live close by.

Interested in having some of your work printed using MyCanvas? We are offering Free Standard Shipping, 13 Feb – 13 Mar. Use code:  MCFREESHIP2014



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