The generations on either side of me link me to my past and my future. My view of family history involves revealing the roots and the branches.

Throughout this blog you will find perspectives related to the doctrines of temple and family history work from revealed revelation given to living prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS - Mormon).

Friday, December 9, 2016

Popular Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore, to Speak at RootsTech 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, December 9, 2016 - What family mysteries can be unlocked through the growing availability of home DNA tests and ever-expanding online databases and genealogical tools?

New family connections are depicted weekly in the media and online social forums as millions turn to genetic genealogy to help uncover or dispel long-held family facts, fiction, and questions. CeCe Moore, the popular genetic genealogist, will be sharing these and other fascinating perspectives of DNA science as the keynote speaker on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history conference.

Moore, who’s been on the leading edge of genetic genealogy as one of its leading proponents and pioneers, is a sought-after media consultant collaborating regularly with ABC’s 20/20, showcasing her cutting-edge work reuniting individuals of unknown parentage with biological relatives through genetic genealogy. She also appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on the CBS Morning News, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. where for three seasons she has worked as a consultant and scriptwriter.

Moore’s knowledge and unique talents have afforded her many opportunities to share what she’s learned on screen, in writing, and in person as a popular speaker.

“It is a dream come true and a personal goal fulfilled to be invited to speak as a keynote presenter at the largest genealogy conference in the world, RootsTech!” said Moore. “RootsTech is always so full of energy and anticipation. It will be exciting to share my experiences from the fascinating world of genetic genealogy. I am constantly amazed by the compelling stories I encounter in my work every day, and I look forward to sharing that with the audience and illustrating the power of DNA.”

Moore combines her extensive knowledge of the latest DNA research and testing with modern genealogical technology to shed light on family history mysteries. She works extensively on a pro-bono basis with individuals of unknown parentage to help them learn about their genetic heritage, often reuniting them with biological family members.
“Genetic genealogy is showing us that our ancestors are an important part of who we are today,” said Moore. “The more we learn and discover, the clearer this has become. As genealogists, we are all seeking to better understand our ancestral history and, through that, gain insight into ourselves. Thousands, even millions, of us are learning that our very own DNA holds the key to so many mysteries and incredible discoveries.”
A leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, Moore is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and helped create and teach groundbreaking genetic genealogy courses at all of the major genealogical institutes. She maintains her popular blog Your Genetic Genealogist, and created and runs the largest online DNA focused forum, the DNA Detectives Facebook group.

Register or learn more about RootsTech online.

I am 2017 RootsTech Ambassador and will be sharing these press releases on my blog in preparation for RootsTech in February 2017. I have received a free conference registration from RootsTech.

To learn more about CeCe, check out the following:
Facebook: CeCe Moore - Genetic Genealogist
Twitter: CeCe Moore
LinkedIn: CeCe Moore
Website: DNA Detectives

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Foundation For A Major Work

Salt Lake Temple at Christmas - Photo From LDS Media Library
"I am confident that the Lord will permit us and direct us to go on building these sacred structures as we become worthy of them. Our important test of that worthiness will lie in doing the research that becomes the foundation for the major work to be carried on in them."  

- President Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Century of Family History Service," Ensign, March 1995.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RootsTech 2017 Giveaway Winner - Kimberly Nelson Savage

Kimberly Nelson Savage
Congratulations to the winner of my FREE RootsTech + Innovator Summit 2017 Registration - Kimberly Nelson Savage!

Kimberly first became interested in family history as a child.  Her great grandmother had a trunk of pictures and they would get it out and her great grandmother would tell her who everyone was. Kimberly loved the stories and two weeks before her great grandmother died, when Kimberly was 15 years old, she pulled out the trunk and her great grandmother said to put it away.  Kimberly said, "no I want to know who they are again".  So they spent the next two weeks identifying the photos before her great grandma was gone.  As a child one of her favorite times was when she got to go on trips with her grandma and great grandma and decorate graves.  She learned so many things from those trips.

Kimberly has recently been working on her grandfather's and great grandfather's histories.  Her great grandfather was killed in the Castle Gate Utah Mine Explosion in 1924, when her grandfather was just three years old.
"It has been amazing to me all the information that was kept due to the tragedy.  I have been able to access sealed records and found detailed information about my family. What a blessing." 
She is the oldest of 7 children, is married, and has two small children of her own.  She graduated from Weber State University in Health Information Management of Records & Information Systems and Technology. She loves to help others find their ancestors.

She is excited to be going to RootsTech 2017 where she can collaborate with speakers, vendors and attendees. According to Kimberly: "There is such a wealth of treasure that can be learned from a conference like this!!"

Thank you to those who entered my giveaway contest here on my blog. I hope to have other fun giveaways in the future.

I utilized Rafflecopter to run the giveaway. To select the winner the Rafflecopter software utilizes to ensure true randomness. In 2016, I ran a paid Facebook Ad to have exposure to my giveaway. This year I shared my blog post organically via Facebook in various genealogy related groups and also repeated sharing the post a handful of times over the course of the giveaway time frame. I received 2,152 Facebook views; which is more than the paid views I got last year. I also shared via Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

For some more numbers, that may be interesting only to me:
717 people viewed the blog post
25 people entered the giveaway
102 entries from those 25 people

Two of the entry options of my giveaway were to come back to my blog everyday and read another post and/or visit the RootsTech website and identify another class; which resulted in one/two additional entries each day.

The winner had 7 entries. The most entries had by one person was 9.

Thank you again for participating in my giveaway! I look forward to seeing you at RootsTech 2017!

I am 2017 RootsTech Ambassador and have received a free conference registration from RootsTech.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Fundamental Responsibility

“Searching for our kindred dead isn’t just a hobby. It is a fundamental responsibility for all members of the Church. We believe that life continues after death and that all will be resurrected. (See Acts 24:15; Alma 11:41–45.) We believe that families may continue in the next life if they have kept the special covenants made in one of the sacred temples under the authority of God. We believe that our deceased ancestors can also be eternally united with their families when we make covenants in their behalf in the temples. Our deceased forebears may accept these covenants, if they choose to do so, in the spirit world.” 

- President James E. Faust, “The Phenomenon That Is You,” LDS General Conference, October 2003