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How to Open a LDS Account

Family History Centers (FHCs) are units of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). There are more than 4,800 FHCs in 134 countries. The centers supply resources for research and study of genealogy and family history. In the Toronto area there are two FHCs. You do not have to be a member of the church to use the Family History Center’s facilities. It operates much like a public library and is open to the public. However, you must call the local FHC beforehand to let the volunteer staffers know that you wish to use their facilities. Their hours are set by times convenient for their volunteers—so you must determine the dates and times the FHC is open. Continue reading

Can you find your ancestors in Poland?

We thank Ernie Chorny for submitting the following article.

After World War II the Polish and Soviet governments put in place a policy to relocate Poles from Western Ukraine to Poland and simultaneously relocate Ukrainians from Polish territory to Ukraine.

Since theoretically there would not be any Poles in Ukraine it was decided to also move the Roman Catholic church records to Poland. While the church records listed marriage, birth and death information for Roman Catholics, they also included information on Greek Catholics where intermarriage had occurred between people of these two faiths. Thus in the case of a Greek Catholic Ukrainian man marrying a Roman Catholic woman, the marriage would be recorded in the Roman Catholic books. Conversely if a Roman Catholic man married a Greek Catholic woman, the record would be in the Greek Catholic books. No doubt there were exceptions to these rules. Continue reading

Can You Stalk-proof Your Facebook Profile?

Ok, maybe not stalk-proof, but at least stalker-resistant

Photo: Peter Dazeley / Getty

We’ve all done it. We’ve all tried to look up someone we’re not friends with on Facebook to see what kind of information we can learn about them. There are, however, people out there that do this a lot and have intentions that go beyond curiosity and enter the dark area of obsession. Continue reading

Trump’s Orwellian “rigged” campaign is straight out of Putin’s propaganda playbook

Euromaidan Press

Donald Trump over an image he tweeted of Hillary Clinton evoking anti-Semitic stereotypes with a graphic that included dollar bills and a six-pointed star.Donald Trump over an image he tweeted of Hillary Clinton evoking anti-Semitic stereotypes with a graphic that included dollar bills and a six-pointed star. 

The U.S. 2016 presidential campaign is nothing short of Orwellian. A billionaire real estate mogul who’s lived the most privileged of American dreams, able to leverage his birthright wealth into fame and celebrity, is now using the political power of that celebrity to usher in a dark American nightmare he calls “making America great again.” The upside-down world of Donald Trump and his legions of angry supporters are trampling on every fundamental notion of what it is to be an American and indeed what values our country stands for. America’s most basic institution, its democracy, is now being questioned and assaulted by a man who talks more like an authoritarian dictator than someone running to be the Continue reading

Resolution Rules of Thumb for Scanning Old Family Photos and Documents

This is from the November 22 issue of Genealogy News, and the “Genealogy Insider” column by Diane Haddad

Resolution Rules of Thumb for Scanning Old Family Photos and Documents
Posted by Diane

Anyone undertaking a genealogy scanning project, or just scanning a single old picture for Throwback Thursday, might have wondered what resolution is best for the particular thing about to be scanned.

Wonder no more! Here are some quick resolution tips for scanning old photos and documents from the Family Tree University Digitize Your Family History online course, which starts Monday, Nov. 23.

In general, the higher the resolution (measured in dpi, for dots per inch), the more you can enlarge the image without getting that grainy, pixilated look. But higher-resolution files also are bigger and hog space on your computer or in your cloud storage, so you don’t want to scan everything at the highest-available dpi. Instead, go with these rules of thumb:

  • If you plan to post the digitized image to a blog or website, the standard is 72 dpi.
  • If you want to print the image at its original size, scan at least 300 dpi.
  • If you’re scanning old letters and other documents to archive, use 300 dpi. (But notes, receipts and papers you’re not intending to archive are fine at 72 dpi.)
  • If you plan to view the scanned photos on your HDTV screen, use a minimum of 300 dpi for 4×6-inch originals, and higher dpi for smaller originals.
  • If you want to enlarge the photo up to double in size (for printing or on-screen zooming-in and examining), scan it at least 600 dpi.
  • If you’ll want to more than double the size of the original photo, go even higher with the dpi. At 900 dpi, a 4×6-inch printed photo turns into a 16×24-inch digital image.
  • If the original photo is small, scan at 600 dpi or higher. If you scan a 2×3-inch photo at 1200 dpi, for example, it will become a 16×24-inch digital image without losing quality.
  • If the original is a tintype or daguerreotype, scan at 1200 dpi.
  • If you don’t know how the digitized photo will be used or you’re scanning it to archive for posterity, scan at least 600 and up to 1200 dpi.

Remember that you can always downsave a copy to a lower resolution, but you can’t add image quality without re-scanning the original.

Family Tree University’s Digitize Your Family History four-week course, starting next Monday, Nov. 23, has guidance from Denise Levenick (author of the book How to Archive Family Keepsakes) on how to digitize your old family photographs, precious documents and heirlooms.

This course will help you achieve the peace of mind that your family’s visual memories and their associated stories are safeguarded against fire, weather damage, loss and family discord. And you’ll be easily able to share these mementos or publish them in book form. Learn more and register for the course at

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Family History Lesson Plans


The Ontario Genealogical Society is happy to provide elementary and secondary school educators with educational resources for their classrooms which integrate family history into the Provincial Curriculum. With the generous support provided from the Archives of Ontario, each lesson plan includes primary resources for students to work with and learn from.

These lesson plans aim to increase awareness and interest of genealogy and family history through student-driven learning with historical thinking concepts. Where grade appropriate, social media and online curation tools have been Continue reading

New video promotes Ukraine’s strengths

640,000 graduates

July 10, 2015, 6:08 p.m. | Ukraine — by Yuliana Romanyshyn

A screenshot from the new video from Ukraine’s Economy Ministry.
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Yuliana Romanyshyn

A new two-minute video “Ukraine Reborn” emphasizes the positive side of the nation.

It was released on July 9 by the Economy Ministry on its YouTube channel. It was shot especially for the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum, organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The forum takes place on July 13 in Washington, D.C.

The video starts with the message “Ukraine Reborn. Driven by the New Generation. Unlimited Opportunities” and draws attention to promising areas Continue reading



Annu Palakunnathu Mathew & Annusha Yadav

The ROM welcomes two world-renowned artists, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Anusha Yadav, creator of the Indian Memory Project, to discuss the importance of photography in exploring issues such as national identity, collective memory, and social transformation. Continue reading

Nadiya Savchenko’s prison diaries

 Part 1 – ‘It is time to break out’

May 11, 2015, 2:03 p.m. | Op-ed — by Nadiya Savchenko


Ukrainian air force officer Nadezhda (Nadiya) Savchenko reacts inside a defendants’ cage as she attends a hearing at the Basmanny district court in Moscow on March 26. Savchenko was captured by Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine and later handed over to Russia charged with the killing of two Russian journalists. The West considers her a political prisoner. A global campaign to free her accelerated on her May 11 birthday, marking 329 days in captivity.
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How do you handle “too much stuff” without being overwhelmed?


RootsTech Videos
If you were unable to attend the FGS 2015/RootsTech conferences in Salt Lake City in, or watch the live streamed sessions online, you can now access 20 different recorded sessions at the RootsTech site. Click here: and then scroll down the page to see all the available sessions.

You can catch the session, Building a Research Toolbox, by clicking here or watching the embedded click above. If you’d like the handout, click here to download it in PDF.