FamilySearch.org - NARA Presentation 2011

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FamilySearch.org - NARA Presentation 2011

  1. 1. FamilySearch:Vision to RealityNational Archives Genealogy Fair April 20 & 21, 2011 Presenter: Carol Kostakos Petranek
  2. 2. What is FamilySearch? First Pres May 2008 2
  3. 3. FamilySearch’s MissionEnable a global community thatconnects and preserves the familyof mankind• To discover and preserve records of genealogical significance.• To introduce individuals to their ancestors through the widespread access of records.• To collaborate with others who share this vision.
  4. 4. Why Do We Do This?• The family is an essential part of our core values.• Connecting with our ancestors provides perspective, understanding and strength.
  5. 5. Where we have been…
  6. 6. November 13, 1894The beginning of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah 300 books in a second story room.
  7. 7. First Pres May 2008 7
  8. 8. First Pres May 2008 8
  9. 9. Where we are going…
  10. 10. The Largest Genealogical Library in the World2.4 million rolls of microfilmed records, plus books, maps and other resources from all over the world Open to the public at no charge
  11. 11. FamilySearch.org: World’s Largest FREE Website First Pres May 2008 11
  12. 12. 15 Billion Hits 1 Million Users1998 digitization began 1 Billion Names website created 1999
  13. 13. What Does FamilySearch Offer You? Digital Records Worldwide  Free Online Classes (150+) Family Trees  Blogs FHL Catalog  Facebook pages – 2.5 M rolls microfilm; fiche  Twitter – histories of families  Indexing – county and local histories  Wiki – how-to books on genealogy – genealogy magazines  Online Research Guides – periodicals  FamilySearch Forums – gazetteers  Collaboration Tools First Pres May 2008 13
  14. 14. Preservation  Important for future generations  100 years experience  Partner with archives, libraries, national repositories  Leading edge digital preservation
  15. 15. Granite Mountain Records Vault • Permanent repository of 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and other digital media • 20 miles southeast of SLC in Little Cottonwood Canyon • Storage chambers are under 700 feet of stone
  16. 16. Inside the Vault• storage facility for microfilm & digital media• 700 feet underground• 6 chambers, temp + humidity ideal for storage• can withstand nuclear blast
  17. 17. Let’s Take A Tour Insidethe Granite Mountain Vault video First Pres May 2008 17
  18. 18. Changing Research Techniques Traditional  Technological – Paper forms – Genealogy software – Microfilm & fiche – Digitized original records – Writing query letters – Email, smartphones, iPads – Research trips – Online searches – Mailing charts & info – Upload tree to website First Pres May 2008 18
  19. 19. Technology: Find Us Online! Websites Twitter Facebook Blogs First Pres May 2008 19
  20. 20. FamilySearch.orgThe largest free genealogy website in the world First Pres May 2008 20
  21. 21. Let’s Take A Tour… First Pres May 2008 21
  22. 22. Digital Image of Original Record First Pres May 2008 22
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  24. 24. First Pres May 2008 24
  25. 25. www.familysearch.org First Pres May 2008 25
  26. 26. FamilySearch Wiki First Pres May 2008 26
  27. 27. The FamilySearch Research Wiki is where you can:Learn How to Research • Find out what historical records are available in localities around the world and how to access them • Learn research strategies to help you know how to research your familyShare Your Knowledge • Share your knowledge about the best ways to do family history research • Store great research tips you learn about but may not be ready to use yet • Collaborate with others to create a comprehensive tool for research guidance wiki.familysearch.org First Pres May 2008 27
  28. 28. A Sample Wiki Page First Pres May 2008 28
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  30. 30. Free Online Research Courses at FamilySearch.org familysearch.org/learn First Pres May 2008 30
  31. 31. Over 150 Online Classes – Free! First Pres May 2008 31
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  35. 35. 4,700 Family History Centers Worldwide First Pres May 2008 35
  36. 36. Available at Family History Centers Subscription websites free for patron use:– Ancestry.com (institution) – The Genealogist– Footnote.com – Historic Map Works– World Vital Records – 19th Century British Library– Godfrey Memorial Library Newspaper Digital Archive– Genlines.com World Vital Records– FindMyPast.uk – Alexander Street Press (Civil War)– Family History Link – Heritage Quest PLUS: Family History Library Favorites (over 13,000 links) First Pres May 2008 36
  37. 37. Indexing: A Way to Give Back First Pres May 2008 37
  38. 38. If you need help… online assistance 24/7 First Pres May 2008 38
  39. 39. Blogs: FamilySearch First Pres May 2008 39
  40. 40. Facebook: FamilySearch.org First Pres May 2008 40
  41. 41. Facebook: FamilySearch Wiki First Pres May 2008 41
  42. 42. Facebook: FamilySearch Indexing First Pres May 2008 42
  43. 43. Facebook: FamilySearch First Pres May 2008 43
  44. 44. Twitter: @fs.news First Pres May 2008 44
  45. 45. Twitter: @RecordsWiki First Pres May 2008 45
  46. 46. Twitter: #familysearch First Pres May 2008 46
  47. 47. Twitter: @FSConnect First Pres May 2008 47
  48. 48. http://familytech.familysearch.org First Pres May 2008 48
  49. 49. Global Access FamilySearch.org – 1 Million Registered Users – 50,000 Users daily 4,700 FamilySearch Centers Worldwide Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Websites
  50. 50. Find us online at www.familysearch.org and at your Local Family History Center

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