Things and people, I am grateful for this week!!!
“I’m grateful for you this week!” – The Genealogy Gangster
Today I want to talk about some things that have helped me in my genealogical research and me becoming a better genealogist. I first want to thank Thom Reed and FamilySearch for agreeing to be an interview with me this week. That podcast; my very first podcast can be found below or by clicking here. I want to thank FamilySearch for all that they do.
As I think about my own research FamilySearch has been invaluable to me. Helping me to do research in the most ethical and cleanest way possible. I’ve been able to find mistakes in my own research. And things and people that I never knew were there. I also am thankful for the new memories section that is allowing me now to capture pictures of family members that are deceased. Because one thing that we don’t have a lot of in my family are pictures. So yes, family I will be hunting your house is down with my spiffy new camera to take pictures.
I next want to talk about people who have helped me in going to RootsTech this year. people have contributed a lot to helping me make this convention. First want to thank the genealogy fairy without whose funds that have been given this would not be possible. I am so grateful for the man behind the genealogy fairy Mr. Thomas Macentee. He has taught me so much in such a short time and is so very selfless that I cannot believe how much he gives to this community.
But there are also some who have given to my go fund me campaign which I am very thankful for your generosity and kindness. This trip is a little expensive because I will be gone away from home. I will be in Salt Lake City for the better part of a week. I am thankful for my friends and family who support me and who support my dreams. RootsTech is going to be amazing if you have not signed up for it yet do it and here’s a pro tip get your hotel room now! There are still some left but the prices are bananas.
A New Website?
Finally, today I want to talk about a website that I discovered accidentally. A friend of mine on my Facebook was talking about a website that offered public records for free without signing up for membership. I was intrigued by the name of the website because my friend is not into genealogy whatsoever. She’s my friend on Facebook mainly because of a gaming organization that we’re both members of. So, when she started talking about a family tree website which the link is here I was intrigued.
So, I went on this website because she gave it a bad rap. and I wanted to see why she was giving a Genealogy website a bad rap. I wanted to see what they had done on the web to earn her ire. The website is called family tree now and it contains information on people who are living and dead. Now I can see why she does not like this site because it does list your address along with other contact details. But these things that are listed are all public record anyone with an Intellius membership can find them.
I’m almost certain that this is how bounty hunters and bail enforcement agents find people on television. Is it bad? I believe that it is actually good. I am possibly finding a lost section of my father’s family through research I’ve done on that website. Now do I trust it to put all my family tree information on there certainly not? What information that I’ve had to pay for in the past on Intellius is now free on this website. So, if finding someone alive or even dead through public records is needed or you need to break through a wall in your genealogy check this site out! I think it will help you! And this has been Thankful Thursday!