We are so excited you found us. Come join us and see why the unraveling of family history is the fastest growing hobby in the land. All members of Idaho Genealogical Society and persons interested in their family history are welcome. The Idaho Genealogical Society meets 11 months out of the year.

28 January 2012

Idaho Sesquicentennial License Plate Bill Proposal

From our friends who ask for your support:

A bill to establish an Idaho sesquicentennial license plate has been sent to the House Transportation Committee by Rep. John Rusche.

The license bill number is RS 20960. It will be introduced into the House Transportation Committee on Feb 2, 2012.

Revenue from the sale of this plate will be distributed to the county historical societies across the state. 

Although not expected to raise huge sums, your local historians make a dollar go a long, long ways.  Please consider supporting this legislation.

27 January 2012

Sign up today for the IGS Group for FamilySearch's 1940 Indexing Project!

The Idaho Genealogical Society has been asked to partnership with FamilySearch in the 1940 Census Indexing. We have gladly accepted the task and are looking forward to indexing. We have been assigned “Group” status and can now recruit volunteers! So, this is where we need you! We have loyal members and would greatly appreciate your volunteerism.  The greatest part about this program is that you can index in the comfort of your own home and go at your own pace.

To register for the 1940 census indexing project, go to: https://indexing.familysearch.org/
Click “Register”. Even if you are a member of the LDS Church, you will have to register as a non-member to sign up for our IGS group project. When you are registering, it will say, "What kind of account do you want to create?" Please select “FAMILY SEARCH ACCOUNT (for the general public)”. You must be at least 13 years of age to register. You should get a drop down menu for groups. They will be in alphabetical order.  Find Idaho Genealogical Society.

Once registered, you can go back into the site and download the indexing software you will need for indexing.

1. Click Download Now to download the Indexing program installer.
2. Run (open) the installer to set up the Indexing program on your computer.
3. Click the new desktop icon to run the Indexing program.
4. Follow the instructions to create a new FamilySearch account (if you don't already have one.)
5. says “sign in” and begin indexing.
By signing up now you are getting ready for the 1940 census indexing project when the census is released by NARA (the National Archives and Records Administration) in April.
On a side note, you can “Invite” your friends to join. So spread the word. Please!!
Also, you can participate now in other indexing projects that FamilySearch has going in order to prepare you for the 1940 Census.  Please feel free to watch the demo videos regarding how to use the indexing software as well as the many other training tools that are available in their Help toolbar. Get signed in today and practice your indexing skills. (It’s not as difficult as you may imagine.) We are hoping to coordinate some indexing parties and show FamilySearch how united we are as a group in this wonderful project! We look forward to seeing you in our group!

19 January 2012

What a Sweet Surprise! IGS on National Radio!!

While the Idaho Genealogical Society has been growing leaps and bounds this last year with advances in technology through avenues such as our website, our Facebook page, and our Blog, we've never been on national radio before! The Idaho Genealogical Society has been invited to be featured on My Society hosted by The Federation of Genealogical Societies. What a treat this will be for us!

Mark your calendars! The Idaho Genealogical Society will be featured in the Society Spotlight segment of an upcoming episode of FGS Radio – My Society (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety) this coming Saturday.

On Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm Central, Randy Whited, this week's host will be talking about Crafting an Effective Member Survey with guest members Paula Hinkel, of the FGS-member society Southern California Genealogical Society in Burbank, California, and Taneya Koonce, a member of the FGS Education Committee.  After the special guests, The Idaho Genealogical Society has the opportunity to shine! We will share our recent accomplishments and goals for the new year.

"Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community."

My Society

My Society is presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and each week they address topics that relate to genealogical societies.

18 January 2012

Rootstech - Are You Registered ? We Are :}


I have taught many a class and I get countless comments on how many fellow family historians feel behind the times in technology in regards to how it relates to genealogy. The Rootstech 2012 conference is the perfect solution to that conundrum. I truly appreciate the variety of levels of skill that this conference is directed towards. We are all going at our own pace in genealogy & technology and it is nice that RootsTech addresses this. The classes and computer workshops are directed towards beginner and intermediate users, as well as, developers. The classes are original and intriguing. They are of a different variety than the ones offered at BYU Family  History Conferences offered in the summer in Provo.

The fees are relatively inexpensive for a conference.  The class schedule is online now. In fact, the workshops are filling up fast. Schedule your workshops today if you are planning on attending!!

Juvanne Martin, CG[SM],  President of the Idaho Genealogical Society, and myself are headed to Salt Lake to try out RootsTech. So many good class topics to choose from. There is even a class on Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101!   (Stay tuned to the blog! It only gets better!!!)

Another exciting class we plan on attending is the Help Index the 1940 U.S. Census. The IGS has been asked to assist recruiting people and help index the 1940 Census. What a great way for us to get a sneak peak into the 1940 Census!

We'll keep you posted on our adventures in SLC, RootsTech, the Keynote speakers, featured lunches, the night of comedy, and our late night at the Family History Library.  (My husband wonders why I get so excited about late nights in the library! To some it's boring. However, it's like candy to me! If they did an over-nighter at the Library you wouldn't have to ask me twice to sign-up!)

Act now - RootsTech.  You won't regret it. So many things to look forward to...

Christa Klemme
Idaho Genealogical Society