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

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