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See You at FGS in Fort Wayne

Next week, genealogists from across the nation will be gathering in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Federation of Genealogical Societies' annual conference, and will be joining them! Beginning next Wednesday, August 21, there will be numerous sessions at the Grand Wayne Convention Center devoted to learning more ways to discover your history and heritage. Add some fun social events and getting together with other genealogists, and it's certain to... Read More »

The Countdown to RootsTech!

Next Thursday (March 21) is the start of RootsTech, an awesome genealogy and technology conference in Salt Lake City. The Archives team can't wait to be there! Three days of great classes, a vibrant exhibit hall, special events, and lots of genealogists and technologists to talk with - it's going to be an exciting three days! Read More »

See You at RootsTech 2013 is proud to be involved with the 3rd annual RootsTech conference, to be held 21-23 March 2013 in Salt Lake City. The first two RootsTech conferences were incredible, and we are sure that this year's will be, too!

RootsTech has added new features, including a track for people just getting started in family history and Story@Home, which will help attendees learn how to preserve and share family stories. This is on top of three days full of presentations and workshops... Read More »

Winners of Archives Family Recipes Contest

Drumroll, please! It's time to announce the winners of the Archives Family Recipes Contest! After reading all of the entries (and getting very hungry in the process), the judges have determined the winners, based on uniqueness, creativity, and the family story behind them

Along with their Visa gift cards, each winner will receive an autographed copy of Gena Philibert-Ortega's wonderful book From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes. Read More »

Archives Family Recipes Contest

The holidays aren't complete without that special family recipe. Archives wants to celebrate your family's favorite holiday recipes. Between now and 12:00pm (PST) on December 21, 2012, enter the Archives Family Recipes Contest for a chance to win great prizes! Read More »

Celebrate Grandparents Day and Win!

grandparent-photo.pngDid you know Sunday September 9, is National Grandparents Day? This lesser known holiday makes it a great weekend to connect with your grandparent or grandkid. We'll even help you celebrate! has created a fun worksheet help get the conversation started. Print the form to fill out with your grandparent or grandkid, and we're sure you'll learn something new.

Download it now: Get to Know Your Grandparent (PDF) Read More » at RootsTech 2012

We've had a fantastic time so far at RootsTech 2012 - and it's just day one! is a platinum sponsor of the event, with a prominent space in the Exhibit Hall, where we've enjoyed meeting enthusiasts and people hearing about us for the first time.

Today we particularly liked the keynote address by Jay Verkler, who laid out an exciting vision for the future of family history research. Inflection (parent to CEO Matthew Monahan also participated in the address, illustrating in a skit the importance of collaboration within the family history space. Read More »

Celebrating America's Diversity: Family History Month 2011

This October, join millions across the United States in celebrating Family History Month. Started ten years ago, Family History Month is a great opportunity to learn about your heritage while making new memories with your family.

The U.S. is largely a nation of immigrants and descendants of immigrants, a melting pot. "Melting pot" can suggest a place where people live in harmony, despite cultural differences that might elsewhere provoke conflict. But "melting pot" also suggests that diverse traditions and histories get boiled down to homogeneous soup. Better food-related analogies might compare the country to a salad, trail mix, or a picnic, distinct elements create a beautiful whole. Family History Month is the perfect time to learn which ingredients your ancestors brought to the table.

The United States observed its first Family History Month ten years ago. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch introduced a resolution on September 12, 2001 to designate October as Family History Month. Hatch had circulated a draft for months, but it's fitting that he formally introduced it the day after the September 11 attacks. In the uncertain aftermath, the words of the resolution resonated... Read More »

National Library Week 2011: The Importance of Libraries in Genealogical Research

Libraries have long been an important resource for genealogists and family historians, and the advent of sophisticated digital archiving technology has further solidified their integral role to the family history researcher. Many libraries boast multiple public record databases and decades of archived newspaper pages, in addition to many other historical resources (learn more about genealogy resources at Unfortunately, in recent years, many libraries have been forced to cut back... Read More »

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