Family Search - Genealogy

For as long as I can remember, I've been curious about my family's heritage and our "story." I'm in the middle of writing a family history book and have found a lot of great resources that are too good not to share. So here goes a new category -- Genealogy.

My favorite site of all time is  They have a huge collection of billions of names from all over the world. You can search US Census records, public records, and more! Another feature of the site is the ability to create a Family Tree. You can attach records, notes, and add photos to your tree. One important note about the Family Tree feature is that anyone can make a change / update your information. Personally, I'm a little frustrated by this so I don't actually keep my tree on their site. 

Oh yes, did I forget to mention that it's all free! Yep, that right, no charges whatsoever. The site's primary benefactor is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations." (Source: Family Search)




Indexing a Book or Document is a semi-automatic indexer. It is really easy to use and provides you an editable list of words and ideas along with the page numbers they appear on. It's much better than trying to manually index and it was much more comprehensive than the list we came up with. It still takes some time but no where near the time of doing it manually.

FAQs can be found here

I have personally used this software to create a back-of-the-book index.


End Time Zone Confusion

I recently discovered for quick and easy time conversions. It’s pretty straight forward. In the box on the left your current time zone is automatically filled in (you can change this to any major city if you want to). From the pulldown menu on the right side of the page, select a city / country. The current time in the city / country you selected is immediately displayed.



I originally recommended this program in 2011 and am including the original post below. I still use this program daily and highly recommend it!

REVIEW: I started using 1Password after the "great computer crash of '10. It's an easy-to-use program that stores not only your passwords, but identities, secure notes, and software info (licenses, confirmation emails, etc).

They offer a 30-day free trial and the program is very reasonably priced. (Prices vary based on the gadget / operating system you are using.)

They make a version for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

This program saves me so much time each day. No more searching for passwords, logins, or filling out online forms!

Browser tabs out of control?

Are your web browser tabs out of control? Mine were until I discovered OneTab, a web browser extension.

I always have multiple  tabs open in my browser and it gets a bit much at times (and on occasion I have accidentally closed them all – arggghhh). As soon as I heard about OneTab, I knew I had to try it. Here is the description from their website…

“Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.”

And yes, it is that simple! And best of all, if you accidentally close the window OneTab is in, you will NOT lose your list of tabs. (I have put this to the test many times.)

So how much is this nifty program and how do you get it?

Right now, there is no charge. Go to and scroll down to “How to Install OneTab,” click on the link and follow the directions to install it. They have two versions – one for Chrome and one for Firefox.

Note: it offers other features and they’re all listed on the One Tab site.