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    The Power of We: An Introduction to FamilySearch Research Courses, Wiki, and Forums The Power of We: An Introduction to FamilySearch Research Courses, Wiki, and Forums Presentation Transcript

    • Leveraging the Power of We
      A Watershed Event in Discovering Where to Find Your Ancestors
    • What we’ll do today
      Note the watershed genealogical event of this era & another event it is sparking
      Introduce three tools:
      Research Courses
      Research Wiki
      Forums
      Learn about ways to give back and leave a legacy
    • Note today’s watershed event
      …and the new watershed event it is sparking
    • Today’s Watershed Event: Digitization (Lots of Records Online)
      Census
      Religious
      Newspapers
      Death
      Birth
      School
      Tax
      Obituary
      Emigration
      Local Histories
      Cemetery
      Court
      Marriage
      Insurance
      Immigration
      Occupational
      Funeral Home
      Land
      Biographies
      Diaries
      Military
      Family Bibles
      Family Histories
    • Today’s Watershed Event: Digitization (Lots of Records Online)
      Challenge: Which records should I search first?
      Census
      Religious
      Newspapers
      Death
      Birth
      School
      Tax
      Obituary
      Emigration
      Local Histories
      Cemetery
      Court
      Marriage
      Insurance
      Immigration
      Occupational
      Funeral Home
      Land
      Biographies
      Diaries
      Military
      Family Bibles
      Family Histories
    • Mass Digitization =Lots of Places to Look
      American Ancestors
      FamilySearch
      RootsWeb
      Google
      National Archives
      Ancestry
      Libraries
      VitalRec
      Chronicling America
      Cyndi’s List
      GenealogyBank
      BLM
      Accessible Archives
      Footnote
      American Battle Monuments Comission
      ProQuest
      DAR
      Interment.net
      INS
      FindAGrave
      OneGreatFamily
      GenWeb
    • Mass Digitization =Lots of Places to Look
      Challenge: Where do I look for the records I need?
      American Ancestors
      FamilySearch
      RootsWeb
      Google
      National Archives
      Ancestry
      Libraries
      VitalRec
      Chronicling America
      Cyndi’s List
      GenealogyBank
      BLM
      Accessible Archives
      Footnote
      American Battle Monuments Comission
      ProQuest
      DAR
      Interment.net
      INS
      FindAGrave
      OneGreatFamily
      GenWeb
    • Sifting
      Now it can be so easy to gather lots of names that the real challenge lies in sifting the names into cohesive family groups. [Image: lots of coins being sorted and rolled. Then another image of one of those automatic banks that sorts coins for you.
    • Watershed Events Yield New Needs
      Event
      Needs: Find out…
      Lots of records available
      Lots of record providers
      Which records to search
      Where those records are
      How to sift the data into family groups
    • Needs Spark New Solutions
      Needs
      Know which records to search
      Know where those records are
      Solutions
      Find people who know
      (Everybody knows something that can help someone else)
      Compile everyone’s knowledge
      Put it in a place everybody can find
    • The Power of We
      We used to have to rely on Web and book publishers for most research guidance. Now we can band together to leverage our collective knowledge.
    • Solutions from FamilySearch
      Three “We” solutions
      Research Courses: Cool how-to videos on many topics.
      Wiki: 59,000 articles on how to find, use, and analyze records in your ancestor’s area.
      Forums: A place to ask/answer questions.
      All are free and community-built
      All leverage the Power of We: collective knowledge & rapid growth
    • Research Courses
      an introduction
    • Research Courses
      Over 160 lessons
    • Research Courses
      Over 160 lessons
      Most by regional experts
    • Research Courses
      Over 160 lessons
      Most by regional experts
      Topic range: Beginner to expert
    • Research Courses
      Over 160 lessons
      Most by regional experts
      Topic range: Beginner to expert
      5-60 mins.
    • Research courses
      examples
    • finding research Courses
      on FamilySearch.org
    • The Research Wiki
      an introduction
    • What’s a Wiki?
      Wiki: Hawaiian for “quick”
      A place to collect community knowledge
      Anyone can contribute
      Writing: Easy as MS Word
      Write an idea now; add more later
    • FamilySearch Wiki
      Research guidance
      Where to find records
      Record contents
      How to use various records
      How to sort findings into family groups
      59,000 articles. Growing by 50/day.
      100+ countries.
      Not about specific ancestors.
    • New York Census
    • Finding the wiki
      at FamilySearch.org
    • FamilySearch Forums
      Asking questions & getting answers
    • FamilySearch Forums
      Purpose: Ask questions & share expertise
      Scope: worldwide
      Ten languages coming
      Most questions get multiple answers
      Mostly advice, but sometimes lookups
      Topics: Research, software, contributing to the wiki
    • FamilySearch Forums
      Live demo
    • What do you need to know?
      Learn from the research courses
      Search the wiki
      Ask in the forums
      Leverage the Power of We
    • Give BackLeave a Legacy
      Contribute a research courseContribute to the wiki
      Answer questions in the forums
      Build the Power of We
    • What we did today
      Noted the watershed genealogical event of this era & another event it is sparking
      Introduced three tools:
      Research Courses
      Research Wiki
      Forums
      Learn about ways you can give back and leave a legacy
    • Come join us!
      Michael Ritchey: ritcheymt@familysearch.org