Friday, May 22, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 22, 2015

Hello all of my wonderful readers! Fab Finds is back from its hiatus. Thank you for your patience during its absence.

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Make a Quick Memorial Day Facebook Collage by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator
  2. Tuesday's Tip: Keep Black-and-White Negatives Separate from Color--Or Else by Marian Burk Wood, author of Climbing My Family Tree
  3. Scam Email to GeneaBloggers’ Members from Jamie Smith at – DISREGARD by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  5. Ten Genealogy Lessons I Learned from My Mother by LISA A. ALZO, author of The Accidental Genealogist
  6. 3 Great Reasons Why Every Genealogist Should Use Flickr by Lisa Lisson, guest blogger for
  7. Honor Roll Project by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  8. Free Obituary Service by Amberly, author of The Genealogy Girl
  9. Birth record search and reading example AND Household record search and reading example by ArkivDigital Blog
  10. Talaasen Serendipity by Cheryl Palmer, author of My Heritage Happens
  11. How do you spell genealogy? P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  12. African Autosomal DNA Matching: A Feeling I Can’t Describe by Melvin J. Collier, author of Roots Revealed
  13. Digital Journaling Solutions by Amy Archibald, author of Revealing Roots and Branches
  14. NEW GENEAGEM: U.S. PETITIONS FOR NATURALIZATION INDEX 1791-1906 by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  15. SCGS Offers Two Streaming Options for Those Unable to Attend in Person (5-7 June 2015) by Diane L. Richard for UPFRONT WITH NGS
  16. How to Use FamilySearch’s Civil War Records to Learn about Ancestors by Alison J. Herzog for FamilySearch Blog
  17. New Frontiers: Online Access is not Enough by Marian Pierre-Louis, author of Marian's Roots & Rambles
  18. Remembering Robert by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  19. Tell a Story with History Lines App by Dianne Seale Guimont Nolin, author of Genealogy: Beyond the BMD
  20. My Journey on Genealogy! Just Ask! by Robin Foster, author of Saving Stories

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Since my Last Fab Finds Post

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My "Family History Blogs and Social Media" Class

In previous posts, I shared the news that I had been asked to teach a class at our local "Discover Your Family Day 2015." The event took place this last Saturday, May 16th. Those in charge of the event did a fantastic job. It was very well-run and organized.

My husband took this photo of me before the event began. I displayed my blog book and my Engle Family Postcards binder on the table and referred to them during my class.

Attendees of the "Discover Your Family Day 2015" received a syllabus packet and this bag filled with booklets, etc.

In addition to teaching my class, I was also asked to teach in the Exhibit Hall. There was a table set up for me with a sign behind the table that read "Family History Blogging." I prepared a separate PowerPoint presentation about how to create a blog. This is the first slide from that presentation.

I brought my blog book and Engle Family Postcards binder that I used in my class and set them on the table in the Exhibit Hall.

Many of the attendees were quite interested in my blog book. Some picked it up and looked through its pages and I was asked who printed the book. I happily told them I used

Here are a few of my PowerPoint slides from my class presentation.

I had submitted my syllabus several weeks before the event, as requested. Since that time, however, I added more information and links. I also thought it would be helpful to provide my syllabus as a live-link document. So, I included a PDF version of my updated syllabus on my new Weebly website. I shared this with my class. And I'll share the link to my syllabus here as well.

Here are the instructions on how to access my syllabus on my new website ~ Jana's Genealogy and Social Media Hub.

Here's the homepage for my website.

From the Family History tab, click on "My Presentations" in the drop down menu.

Click on "Download File" to download my updated syllabus PDF file.

I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to teach my class and to participate in the Exhibit Hall at the "Discover Your Family Day 2015."

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Great-Grandma Rosalia's Baptism Record

My maternal grandmother, Sarah Vasques Madeira, was born in Brazil. Sarah's mother, and my great-grandmother, Rosalia Rodrigues Vasques, was also born in Brazil.

Rosalia was born on 4 September 1857 in Rio Grande, Rio Grand do Sul, Brazil to her parents Mathias Rodrigues Vasques and Margarida De Farias Vasques. I was able to find Rosalia's baptism record on FamilySearch.1

The really wonderful thing about this and other Brazilian baptism records in this record set on FamilySearch is this - not only do these records list the parents of the infant being baptized, they also list the infant's maternal and paternal grandparents as well. How awesome is that? If I didn't already have that information, I would be able to go back another generation on my family tree.

If you have Brazilian ancestry, I encourage you to check out these wonderful records by clicking HERE.

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

1 "Brasil Batismos, 1688-1935," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 May 2015), Rosalia Vasques, 04 Sep 1857; citing , reference p 184; FHL microfilm 1,284,647.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My New Website

Yes, I've done it. I've created another website. But this one isn't a blog. I already have three of those. This new website is a place to organize and share the places I can be found online.

I used Weebly to create my new website. I really like Weebly's drop-down menu feature. And it was interesting to learn how to use another website/blogging platform. I had a lot of fun choosing the photos to use as my page and tab headers. I used my own photos for all page and tab headers except for the home page.

Here are a few screenshots from my new Weebly website.

Ancestor Photos Tab

My Blogs Page

My Presentations Tab

Social Media Links Page

I hope you'll check out my new website, Jana's Genealogy and Social Media Hub by clicking HERE. And please tell me what you think of it. Thank you so much!

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fun Times in Utah

I thought I'd write a quick blog post to share with you why my blog was so quiet last week. The reason was that my husband and I traveled to Utah to attend our son-in-law's graduation from BYU-Provo. He graduated with a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Accounting. We're so proud of him!

On our way home, we visited Zion National Park. We'd never been there before. Wow! What a stunningly beautiful place!

We spent part of Monday, April 27th and most of Tuesday, April 28th in the park. We didn't even see all there is to see though. We'll definitely need to go back some day.

The shuttle service within the park was wonderful and very well-run. The shuttles travel along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Including the Visitor Center, there are nine shuttle stops along the Drive.

I took this photo at the Court of the Patriarchs shuttle stop.

This informational plaque tells visitors about these stunning sandstone cliffs.

In case it's difficult to read this plaque, here's what it says:

"Named for three towering figures of the Old Testament, these sandstone cliffs hold court over Birch Creek Canyon and this section of the Virgin River. In 1916 Frederick Vining Fisher, a Methodist minister, gave the religious names to the peaks. Today it is not hard to imagine how the grandeur of this view could inspire such reverence."
At the Zion Lodge stop, we hiked on the Emerald Pools Trail.

Here are a couple of photos I took while walking along this gorgeous trail.

I took so many photos during our visit to Zion National Park that I filled up two memory cards and part of a third card! Don't worry, I won't be sharing all of the pictures here though. I will be sharing more photos from our trip on my Jana's Place blog in the future.

Thanks for reading!

 © 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



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