RootsTech Conference

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Innovators Summit

I hope everyone is getting excited for RootsTech! It is coming up so fast, 2017 is literally around the corner. Just recently the semi finalists  for innovators summit have been announced, they are as follows:
Champollion 2.0: 
This is an amazing tool for reading old documents! It can help see through the wear and tear that documents gather over time. 

OldNews USA:
This app allows you to access old newspapers, it has potential to be a great resource.

This lets you share stories behind old photos, I think its pretty cool!

CSI: Crowd Sourced Indexing:
This is all about making indexing better.

Double Match Triangulator:
I absolutely love this one! It was created to help your DNA results make more sense. It's perfect for newbies like me :)

This is all about storing photos and stories in the cloud. It has quite a bit of competition with plenty of other programs like it.

This app is connected to familysearch and allows you to scan in photos and such.

This combines CSI and Emberall, it has CSI and cloud storage. 

This app helps you find people you're related to.

This is geared toward youth like myself, I especially appreciate how it is engaging my generation!

 To learn more check out Rootstech's website:

or watch my instagram (@genealogyrambler) I will be featuring one of these every week. 

Happy new year!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Coloring Pictures

A year ago, I was teaching a class on genealogy to families in my ward. It was really fun and a great experience, but first we had to find ways for everyone to be involved. Kids generally don't enjoy the usual things genealogy includes. We ended up using one of the most basic things kids like to do. Color. I found this awesome Photoshop website that allows you to change photos into coloring pages. Its called iPiccy. Here's how you use it:
1. Go to
2. From the home page click start editing
3. Upload the photo from your computer
4. Go to the magic wand section
5.Click on pencil sketch

6. You can adjust how strong the lines are, depending on the quality of the photo
7. After that simply click on the save button and save it to your computer

*I've been selected to be a 2017 RootsTech ambassador, because of that I've been given a free pass to giveaway, checkout my Instagram @genealogyrambler for more information on the giveaway!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fathers Day

Happy fathers day everyone!  The church made this fun video about dads. I really liked it so I'd thought I'd post it today. 

I love you dad!

Friday, June 10, 2016


FamilySearch has announced the dates for the world wide indexing event. Their goal this time is to have 72,000 people participate. As of right now 10,086 have joined.
So spread the word using #TheWorldsRecords and join us for this record breaking event July 15-17!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Remembering Barbara Jean Whitmore Harmon

On February 27, 2016 my great grandmother died from pancreatic cancer. Her obituary is as follows:  Barbara Jean Whitmore Harmon
Sandy, UT-Barbara Jean Whitmore Harmon returned to her heavenly home and the arms of her beloved husband, February 27, 2016 after a brief, but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born August 7, 1935 in Provo, Utah, she was the second of three children born to Glendon M. and Renee Cunningham Whitmore. Early in her life, her family moved to Long Beach, California where she spent her childhood and youth.
During her teenage years she was actively involved in church and school activities, enjoying Gold and Green Balls, MIA activities, and long days at the beach. In 1951 a handsome young missionary, serving in her home ward caught her eye. She said from that moment on she was "smitten" with Elder Harmon. After his release, he and Barbara began dating and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 22, 1953. Their union was blessed with six children. Blaine was drafted into the army in 1953 and he and Barbara spent a year in post-war France. A favorite family memory is of a 19-year old Barbara who, on her own accord, sold some family held bonds to buy passage on a ship and sailed from America to France to be with Blaine. Luckily, the army changed its policy during her voyage over, and made married housing available for the soldiers and their wives. This determination served her well throughout her life.
Upon their return from France Blaine and Barbara settled in Salt Lake City, UT where she took on her most important and beloved role of wife and mother. She was an excellent cook and seamstress, of which her family were beneficiaries. She established family traditions which are now being passed from generation to generation. As the family grew, she used her exceptional organizational skills and endless energy in planning and executing family parties and reunions. It was important to her that her grand-children and great grandchildren knew each other and knew that their grandparents loved them unconditionally. She put tremendous effort into keeping her family connected and united. She not only mothered her children, but welcomed many others into her home, who needed love and support.
As a young child during World War II, her early love for her country was instilled. During their time in France in their early marriage, she gained a greater love and appreciation for the freedoms and values we enjoy in America. She stated that her love for her country was as much a part of herself as her testimony of the restored gospel. She actively shared these feelings of faith and patriotism with her posterity.
Barbara was a lifetime active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served willingly in various callings throughout life. Barbara, with her husband Blaine, gratefully served in the Salt Lake Temple for 15 years. She said that temple service was a choice, life changing experience for them. In January of 2005 she and Blaine began an eighteen month service mission in the London South Mission.
A righteous example of faith, love, generosity and dedication to family and country, she lived her life with enthusiasm, grace and energy. In her final days she exemplified the principles she had demonstrated throughout her life--she was truly valiant and endured to the end.
Barbara is survived by her six children Niel Harmon (Marsha), Teri Wariner (Andy), Debbie Katter, Stacy Ogden (Ron), Rick Harmon and Nancy Harmon; eighteen grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren with two more on the way; brother Glen R. Whitmore, sister Lynda Gull, sister-in-law Kay Olsen; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband of 61 years.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM, at Monument Park Stake Center, 1320 South Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. Viewings will be held at the same location in the Primary Room on the North side of the building, Friday March 4, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and Saturday 11:00 to 11:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will take place at Mountain View Memorial Estates 3115 East 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights, UT. Condolences may be sent to the family at - See more at:

I think that the 2 main things that I remember about her was how important the temple was to her and her husband. And how much she valued family, She would make an effort to get the family together as often as was possible.

My facebook/instagram feed was full with memories of her:
My Mom: I was privileged to be there when my sweet grandmother passed from this life into the next. At that time, and throughout her battle with cancer, she bore up with courage, grace, and selflessness.

Today was both lovely and tender as we celebrated my grandma's life and laid her to rest. In honor of the day my sisters and I dressed in twinner outfits. My grandma loved to dress her daughter's and granddaughters in matching outfits.

My Grandma: Our hearts are joyous for the life of Barbara Whitmore Harmon - a beautiful kind gracious mother went to dance with her Sweetheart in Heaven this afternoon. Funeral will be Saturday:) Thank U to everyone for your kindness! 3 weeks ago she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

My Aunt: My sweet grandma died three weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was a vibrant lady. I will miss her and am proud to be part of her family.

The first of February my grandma Harmon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Three weeks later she died on Clay's birthday. She was 80 years old, but she was young. She was my grandma. It was sad and still is to know she's gone... Through her funeral though I saw what a difference one person can make on generations. She was a beautiful person who loved the gospel, her family and her dog. My sweet grandma had bought bracelets for her girls years ago. They were found and given to us at the viewing. I love them. It was a sad but beautiful day. Love you Grandma and Harmon family.

Some pictures: 
Barbara Jean Whitmore Harmon Obituary

Her 80th Birthday

My brothers 12th birthday

My other brother inheriting her husbands hat

We miss and love her so much!

Monday, February 8, 2016

RootsTech Adventures: Day 4

The last day of RootsTech was amazing! Instead of posting about it I have made a video. It contains pictures from all throughout the conference. I also have videos of interviewing Sheri Dew, Wendy Nelson, and Mike Leavitt. Hopefully sometime before next year I can post them. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

RootsTech Adventures: Day 2 and 3

Guess what happens when you write a post and then forget to post it? You combine it with the next.

My second day of RootsTech was amazing. Starting off bright and early at 7:30 AM for an expo hall tour.

Soon after we were escorted to our seats for the keynote. The keynote addresses for today were awesome. Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch was the first speaker. His main focus was on using memories and stories to help others “convert” to family history. He said: “This is where I’m convinced non-enthusiasts will engage.”

Stan Ellsworth the host of BYUTV’s American ride announced Paula Madison the second keynote speaker, as well as talking to us for a few minutes. Paula’s keynote address was amazing as was her story about finding her family. I would highly recommend her book. She went all over the world to be with her family. Her family got separated all over the world, and so when they finally got together, they were Chinese and African-American. But I love how she says: “Family is family and race doesn’t matter.”

Bruce Feiler closed the session for us. He taught us the importance of knowing where you come from. Studies have proven that children who know who their ancestors are, and where they came from, are able to get through challenges in life. He also taught us three important principles that help families to be stronger:
1-   Write a family mission statement
2-   Storytelling games in family
3-   Tell your family history
His keynote was one of my favorites, after the keynotes ended I had an interview with the LDS youth Instagram, and the Mormon channel. It was really neat to be able to share my experiences.

Finally I was able to attend classes. There were so many cool classes I went to today. I think my favorite was: Helping others take the next step. There are so many new, neat ways to help people!

I had a great time at RootsTech today! I can’t wait until tomorrow!

Day 3:
Today was amazing, but unfortunately I got stuck in traffic and I was late for the keynote session. So I really can't say much about it. But I've heard it's amazing! I did get to hear part of Josh and Naomi's and I really loved it. David Isay also spoke. Their focuses were all about documenting your story. After the keynote, I went backstage with the other ambassadors and media for pictures with the speakers.

My first class started shortly after. It was on research strategies. I liked it a lot. Shortly after lunch my dad and I started roaming the expo hall. We stopped at the FamilySearch booth and they taught my dad about descendancy view. 

Apperntly all that hard work wore him out. Because during our last class of the day he took a little nap. :)

One other cool thing we found in the expo hall was the worlds largest family history pedigree:

Well, thats it! Two days worth of RootsTech adventures. I can't wait for tomorrow. It's going to be amazing. The speaker lineup is awesome!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

RootsTech Adventures: Day one

I didn't attend innovators summit today, but I still had some fun experiences. The highlight of the day was the media dinner. It was amazing. Never in my wildest dreams had I expected to actually meet some of the people I got to talk to. A.J. Jacobs and Steve Rockwood were just a few.
At the media dinner they announced the innovator showdown finalists:
-The History Project
On Friday at 10:30 in Hall D they will battle for the prize money. Rumor has it that even the audience can vote using the hashtag #Innovatorshowdown

I can't wait until Day 2. See you at RootsTech tomorrow! 

*Remember that even if you can't personally attend every hour sessions will be streamed...

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Quote

"Perhaps you have been prompted to look for ancestors but feel you are not a genealogist. Can you see that you don't have to be anymore? It all begins with love and a sincere desire to help those beyond the veil who can't help themselves."
-Richard G. Scott

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

RootsTech mobile app

The bad news: Sometimes the RootsTech moblie app can seem difficult to use
The good news: Findmypast wrote an awesome article on how to use it! 

RootsTech is mayhem.
15,000 family history enthusiasts, hundreds of classes, tons of new technology to preview and dozens of A-list speakers.
Creating a carefully-crafted conference plan is one of our key ways to succeed at RootsTech 2016. It's easy to get overwhelmed, especially if it's your first conference - how will you make sure you don't miss that perfect class, speaker or demo?
The RootsTech Mobile App is your answer.
The year, the folks at RootsTech have released an amazing smartphone application that can be used on an iPhone or Android and it promises to revolutionize your conference experience. The application is essential to organizing your conference schedule, getting important updates and connecting with other genealogy-buffs.
Our favorite thing about the RootsTech app is the ability to browse conference offerings.
The best thing about having the entire RootsTech 2016 schedule and details at your fingertips is that you can browse any time - on your commute, at the gym or while watching TV - take the chance to find can't-miss conference opportunities and use the app to keep them organized.
As with any smartphone application, it can be a little overwhelming at first, but if you use our easy-to-follow guide you'll be making the app work for you in no time:

Set your personalized schedule so you don't miss a beat

If you're using an iPhone, find the button for the "App Store" on your phone's home-screen and search for "RootsTech 2016" in the search bar. If you're using an Android phone, you'll want to find the app through the "Play Store".
If you see something like this, you know you've found the right one:

Hit the "install" button, and then "accept" the terms and conditions. Your phone will take care of the rest of the installation - it should be a very quick process.
Next, hit the "open" button, or tap the icon on your phone's home screen. If you can't find it on your home screen, see how to add an icon to your home screen for Android and iPhone.
The first screen you'll encounter will require you to use your email and password that you chose when registering for the conference. You can register if you haven't yet, or you can continue as a guest.

Once you're logged in, you will see the beautifully designed home screen. The best thing about the app is that it's very intuitive and straightforward. To go to any section, simply touch the icon above the word.
First, we'll take a look at the schedule. Tap the calendar icon, highlighted in red below.

Here you will see the master schedule for all of RootsTech. You can sort the events either by time or by type. At the bottom of the screen, you can navigate between days of the conference. To see the details of any event, just tap on the title.

For each individual event, you will find all the details you need, including a description of the event. If you're interested in attending an event, hit the calendar icon with a "+" on it in the lower left (highlighted in red below). This will save the event and add it to your personalized schedule in the application.

Going back to the home screen, let's quickly take a look at the exhibitors section (tap the icon highlighted in red below):

Just like with classes, you'll see a list of exhibitors to scroll through (you can also search by tapping the magnifying glass in the upper right corner). When you find one that interests you, just tap on the name:

You're able to add an exhibitor to your favorites list by tapping the star in the lower left corner of the screen. You can do the same with speakers as well.

At this point, take some time to browse the schedule, exhibitors and speakers list and favorite the ones that you want to remember. Once you've compiled a nice collection of your interests, go back to the home screen and tap the "my event" icon - this is where it all comes together.
In this section you'll be able to review everything you have saved. Events will be entered onto your schedule, and your favorite speakers and exhibitors will be in a nice convenient list. Use this successfully and you won't miss a beat!

The best part is, the app is available for download right now, free of charge. Download it today and make sure to do some thorough browsing right from your phone - you never know what you'll discover!

Its as easy as that! Thanks findmypast!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Promo price

The promo price for RootsTech is ending today! Sign up quickly! 

RootsTech App

For those of you going to RootsTech (if you're not then click on the link) there is a wonderful tool available. RootsTech has an app. All you do is open your app store, and search for RootsTech. The app allows you to see what classes are available and even build a schedule. The app has maps on it, and info about the conference. I have used it in past years and it has given me excellent results.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Quote

"I am bound to them, though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices. I honor their history. I cherish their lives. I will tell their story. I will remember them."
-Author Unknown

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Thursday keynotes

RootsTech is less than 3 weeks away! I’m going to post the keynotes and a little bit about them, each week until RootsTech starts.

Steve Rockwood: Stephen T. Rockwood is the managing director for the Family History Department and President/CEO of FamilySearch International. Prior to joining FamilySearch, Rockwood specialized in creating unique service offerings for worldwide customers of such brands as MasterCard International, AT&T, Disney, Office Depot, and Citibank among others. He also started two companies that were later acquired by larger companies. Most recently Steve served as director of the international division at FamilySearch.
Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and later his MBA from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.
He has served in a number of Church callings including full-time missionary in the Argentina Cordoba Mission, elders quorum president, bishop’s counselor, stake mission president’s counselor, bishop, stake young men president, stake president’s counselor, seminary teacher, and high counselor.
Steve was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on March 2, 1963. He married Jill Ansley Forbes in August 1985. They are the parents of four children. Steve and his wife, Jill, reside outside of Denver, Colorado.

Paula Madison: Paula Williams Madison is Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a Los Angeles based media consultancy company with global reach.
In 2011, Madison retired from NBCUniversal, where she had been Executive Vice President of Diversity as well as a Vice President of the General Electric Company (GE), then the parent company of NBCU. During her 22 years with NBCU, she held a number of successful leadership roles, including President and General Manager of NBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Regional General Manager for NBCU’s Telemundo TV stations, and Vice President and News Director of NBC4 New York.
Madison is the executive producer and subject of Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China, a compelling documentary that chronicles her journey to her maternal grandfather’s homeland in China and the reconnection of her family with his 300 descendants. HarperCollins published a memoir on the journey, Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem in April 2015.
Honored for corporate leadership and community outreach, Madison was named one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine in 2005 and included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100.” She’s also been honored by Asian organizations, having been recognized in 2014 as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business and was recently honored by the East West Players and AARP with their Visionary Award.
In August 2013, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Madison to the Los Angeles Police Commission, where she served as vice president until 2015. Madison is a Board Member of the Greater Los Angeles United Way, the California Science Center Foundation, Vice Chair of National Medical Fellowships, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Cardinal Spellman High School, Chair of The Nell Williams Family Foundation, as well as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
A native of Harlem, Madison and her husband Roosevelt reside in Los Angeles.
*I’ve already had the privilege of hearing a little bit from Paula Madison during a RootsTech ambassador meeting, and her keynote is definitely one you won’t want to miss!
Bruce Feiler: Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on contemporary life. He writes the “This Life" column for the SundayNew York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham and The Council of Dads. He is the writer and host of the PBS series Walking the Bible andSacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler. His most recent book, The Secrets of Happy Families, is a bold playbook for families today. It collects best practices for busy parents from some of the country’s most creative minds, including tops designers in Silicon Valley, elite peace negotiators, and the Green Berets. Featured on World News,Nightline, GMA, the Today Show, and TED, and excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Parade, the book was a Top 5 New York Times bestseller.
Since 2001, Bruce has been one of the country’s preeminent thinkers, writers, and speakers about the role of religion in contemporary life. Walking the Bible describes his perilous, 10,000-mile journey retracing the five books of Moses through the desert. The book was hailed as an “instant classic” by the Washington Post and “thoughtful, informed, and perceptive” by the New York Times. The book spent more than a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into 15 languages, and is the subject of a children’s book.
Abraham recounts his personal search for the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. “Exquisitely written,” wrote the Boston Globe, “100 percent engaging.” The book was featured on the cover of TIME magazine, debuted in the top 5 of the New York Timesbestseller list, and inspired thousands of grassroots interfaith discussions around the world. Bruce Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the New York Times magazine, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is also a frequent contributor to NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of Jay Leno jokes and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.

I got all the biographies from the RootsTech website.
I'm so excited only 19 days left!