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Familysearch for Ogden Library - plusses and minuses

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    • What’s New with Familysearch? Hint: a lot! Thanks to FamilySearch Patron and Partner Services support@familysearch.org
    • • The problem I faced was how to decide what to talk about and what to leave out.
    • The latest and greatest 1. FamilySearch currently has 3.2 billion searchable names on the website. 2. 429 Million names were indexed in 2012. 3. 222 digital cameras are currently operating worldwide, capturing images of genealogical documents. 4. Digitization of the records stored in the granite vault above Salt Lake City is now at 37% of the 31 billion images.
    • Hmm.
    • • There is not one web site that summarizes all the recent changes, but there are many places to look. • Which is good and bad…
    • Then there are strange, non repeatable occurrences
    • Fan charts mess up
    • Fan charts mess up pt 2
    • Nice. So, where are my uploaded files?
    • www.familysearch.org/tree-training • This site has various training videos, and other materials. They suggest that “Family Tree: Quick Start Guide”, “Introduction to the Family Tree” and “Family Tree Overview” as especially helpful.
    • • There is a Family Tree reference manual. • It has 11 main sections:
    • They are (in 163 pages): • • • • • • • • • • • Chapter 1: Getting to Family Tree. Chapter 2: Seeing Your Ancestors on a Pedigree Chart or Fan Chart. Chapter 3: Seeing Details about People. Chapter 4: Adding and Correcting Information about People and Relationships Chapter 5: Adding Photos and Stories to Your Ancestors in Family Tree Chapter 6: Searching for Deceased People Chapter 7: Printing Information Chapter 8: Attaching Sources to People and Relationships Chapter 9: Merging Duplicate Records Chapter 10: Working with Other Users Chapter 11: Signing in to Use Family Tree for Someone Else
    • • • • • • So, what’s on the intro page?: New and Improved Search, Get Tips from Experts, and Share What You Know One Sign In for All FamilySearch Resources And a lot of pretty politically correct pictures…
    • How are new items added and why? • Information about upcoming collections is not made available prior to publication due to various factors that can affect the publication time line, such as contract agreements with record custodians or partnership societies, final assembly considerations, server capacity, geographic considerations, prioritization of collections at risk, delivery type, and so forth.
    • • How can you request them to add something that is on film but not yet digitized?
    • They said… • A portion of Historical Records comes from FamilySearch indexing. You can view the list of projects that are being indexed for inclusion in Historical Records on the Projects tab of the FamilySearch indexing website. Again, there is no specific time frame for the publication of indexing projects, since they are governed by the same considerations as indicated above.
    • • If you would like to request that a specific collection be added to our online collections, please follow these directions. • Go to the FamilySearch website. • Click on the Feedback button found in the footer section of the page, or click the Help or Feedback link in the upper right corner of the screen. • Click on Share your ideas, and post your request.
    • Then you get this… Are you kidding me? >>>>>>>>>>
    • Of course….
    • Then again, there are some good new things:
    • the search screen is buried a little :
    • But at least you can limit things
    • https://familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearchfeaturemy-source-box/ • New FamilySearch Feature—My Source Box
    • So, you can find Online Courses "How-To" Videos Guides and Manuals Handouts
    • What do you think of the new Familysearch.org? • Is it? • Or is it?
    • • Much more accessible and also driving toward a more youthful user base? • Or is it “Facebook for dead people”?
    • Bloggers have definite opinions • It’s about half and half, good and bad. • It seems to allow more access, but also is a lot more work. And the interface is less intuitive.
    • Bad news:
    • Direct from Familysearch… • • FS notes that there is no real timetable for a specific item. They will be slipstreamed. For example; Family Tree will soon have printable family group sheets and pedigree charts. When? The release is being held up by translation into 10 languages. Product managers are considering not waiting, releasing English sooner rather than later.
    • From Ron Tanner of FamilySearch (product manager for the Family History Department) • Family Tree will soon have printable family group sheets and pedigree charts. • Will add the ability to take any photograph and make a source out of it. • Family Tree will soon support notes on ancestors and the notes over in NFS will be copied over. • FamilySearch is going to bring over all your sources from NFS.
    • And more: • Family Tree doesn’t support attaching sources or reasons to living persons. • FS wants to add quality indicators to Family Tree. These would flag basic pedigree errors like: birth after death, death after burial, person died young and has spouse, birth before mother/father birth, birth before mother/father was 12, birth after mother died, death before marriage date, marriage date before person is 12… • In other words what someone should catch.
    • FS sez: • They are going to add a report abuse button that “allows you to report someone who keeps reverting changes and won’t read notes and won’t discuss. If they won’t cooperate we will delete their account. “ • They are working on the watch notification timing. They may allow change notification to occur in as little as 5 minutes.
    • • FS is adding Helper capability to Family Tree. It allows someone to sign in as someone else (with their permission) without that other person disclosing their password. • FS is also thinking about implementing toggle war detection. If a value gets changed back and forth too many times the system would automatically lock it for some time. • And they are also discussing what to do to support DNA results.
    • • Further, FS is thinking about implementing an “Is Accurate” designation that could be applied to an ancestor once he was largely complete and unanimously regarded as accurate. • The designation would make it harder to change information about that ancestor. • And FamilySearch is working on a way to help attach census records to an entire family and minimize the amount of work required.
    • There are other opinions • http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2010/12/we-w • Zotero - is a Firefox extension that helps to capture bibliographic information. See: • https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=pq94aBrc0pY
    • Source your information! • • • • Of course, getting sources in is a bit time consuming. This is fairly new, and seems to be a bit tedious. How do you do it and what are the choices? They are somewhat overpowering if you have more than a few relatives to check on.
    • Recordseek
    • • Sometimes it seems easier to simply type it in. • Most genealogy programs have a source list that can be reused once it is set up. So does FS, but it seems clunky to me.
    • How many hours do you want to spend updating rather than researching? • Do you have data and accounts at: Ancestry, Archives.com, FamilyLink.com, Familysearch.org, FamilytreeDNA.com, Findagrave, Genealogy.com, Geni, Google Groups, MyHeritage, Rootsweb, Worldconnect, and lastly Wordpress. • Or maybe you have your own web site