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How to Improve the FamilySearch Family Tree by Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard — Family Locket

Have you ever wondered why you are asked to type a reason statement every time you change information or add a source to the FamilySearch (FS) Family Tree? Are you a genealogist frustrated with the collaborative aspect of FS Family Tree because others can change your information? If yes, read on. I teach a beginner’s class during…

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Posted in News

FamilySearch Updates for April

There are a number of interesting updates for April. The include:

  • Expanded use of user-to-user messaging. You will soon find it in the Genealogies and SourceLinker sections.
  • If you find an unindexed image related to one of your ancestors, you can now attach it to a person in the Family Tree.

Get the details and more news at the FamilySearch Blog.

Posted in Research Notes

The FamilySearch Catalog

From FamilySearch:

The Catalog is a guide to birth, marriage, and death records; census records; church registers; books; periodicals; family histories and many other records that contain genealogical information. These records may be searchable online, on microfiche or microfilm, in a book or in a computer file.

Some catalog entries in the FamilySearch include images of records. When an image is available in the catalog, a camera icon will appear to the right of the microfilm note associated with that image. A description of the images is found at News Flash! Digitized Microfilm: From the Drawer to Your Computer

Most microfilm and microfiche records can be sent to your nearest FamilySearch Center. If a particular item is available at another FamilySearch Center besides the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, then a pull-down menu will indicate the locations where the item is available.

You will find the FamilySearch Catalog online at https://familysearch.org/catalog/search. There is also an in-depth overview of the catalog and how best to use it at the Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog page in the Research Wiki.

Posted in Recommended Reading

Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org

Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch cover

How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website

Discover your ancestry on FamilySearch.org, the world’s largest free genealogy website. This in-depth user guide shows you how to find your family in the site’s databases of more than 3.5 billion names and millions of digitized historical records spanning the globe. Learn how to maximize all of FamilySearch.org’s research tools–including hard-to-find features–to extend your family tree in America and the old country.

In this book, you’ll find:

  • Step-by-step strategies to craft search queries that find ancestors fast
  • Practical pointers for locating your ancestors in record collections that aren’t searchable
  • Detailed overviews of FamilySearch.org’s major U.S. collections, with helpful record explanations to inform your research
  • Guidance for using FamilySearch.org’s vast record collections from Europe, Canada, Mexico and 100-plus countries around the world
  • Tips for creating and managing your family tree on FamilySearch.org
  • Secrets to utilizing user-submitted genealogies, 200,000 digitized family history books, and the FamilySearch catalog of 2.4 million offline resources you can borrow through a local FamilySearch Center
  • Worksheets and checklists to track your research progress

Illustrated step-by-step examples teach you exactly how to apply these tips and techniques to your own research. Whether you’re new to FamilySearch.org or you’re a longtime user, you’ll find the guidance you need to discover your ancestors and make the most of the site’s valuable resources.

Author: Dana McCullough
Publisher: Family Tree Books (August 2015)

Print: $18.69
Kindle: $12.99