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Exploring the "Search" in FamilySearch

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Part 1 of 2 presentations on FamilySearch. This one covers basic search, finding records online and in the catalog, indexing, genealogy trees and books.

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Exploring the "Search" in FamilySearch

  1. 1. Exploring the “Search” In FamilySearch BAAHGS, March 7, 2013Carol PetranekCo-Director, Washington DC FHC 1
  2. 2. FamilySearch.orgWhat exactly is FamilySearch?• Largest genealogy organization in the world• The largest FREE and one of the most heavily used genealogy web sites• Gathers, preserves and shares genealogy records worldwide• Has records, services and research help for people to learn about their family history• Free online access to resources• Free personal assistance at more than 4,500 FHC worldwide
  3. 3. FamilySearch History World’s Area Studies and Languages Largest Genealogy OrganizationArchival &Library Science Computer Micrographics & technology Digital imaging 3
  4. 4. What is the Purpose of FamilySearch?Help people connect with their ancestorsthrough easy access to historical records 4
  5. 5. Why Do We Do This?• The family is an essential part of our core values.• Connecting with our ancestors provides perspective, understanding and strength.
  6. 6. What Does FamilySearch Offer You? World’s Largest FREE Genealogy Website• Digital Records • Free Online Classes Worldwide • Blogs• Family Trees • Facebook pages• FHL Catalog • Twitter Feeds – 2.5 M rolls microfilm; fiche • Indexing – histories of families – county and local histories • Wiki – how-to books on genealogy • Online Research Guides – genealogy magazines • Collaboration Tools – periodicals – gazetteers First Pres May 2008 6
  7. 7. The Largest Genealogical Library in the World 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed records, plus books, maps and other resources from all over the world Open to the public at no charge
  8. 8. Granite Mountain Records Vault • Permanent repository of 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and other digital media • 20 miles southeast of SLC • Storage chambers are under 700 feet of stone
  9. 9. Inside the Vault• storage facility for microfilm & digital media• 700 feet underground• 6 chambers, temp + humidity ideal for storage• can withstand nuclear blast
  10. 10. Records Preservation • Important for future generations • 100 years experience • Partner with archives, libraries, national repositories • Leading edge digital preservation
  11. 11. Changing Research Techniques• Traditional • Technological – Paper forms – Genealogy software – Microfilm & fiche – Digitized original – Writing query letters records – Research trips – Email, smartphones, – Mailing charts & info iPads – Online searches – Upload tree to website
  12. 12. Online Access to the World’s Records Records Digital OnlineNegotiation Conversion Indexing Image Online Preservation Capture Access 12
  13. 13. New Collections Added Weekly Present: 200 filming projects in over 40 countries Each year: Over 40 million digital images & 20 thousand rolls of microfilm uploaded Granite vault records to be completely digitized by 2018 As of January 2013, There are 1,400 record collections 13
  14. 14. HOME PAGE - FamilyTree (new) - Learn (courses, wiki) - Centers (local) - Indexing - Blog - Records - Genealogies (trees) - Catalog (Salt Lake) - Books - Sign in to access records, FamilyTree - Help (24/7)14
  15. 15. FamilySearch.org – Largest Free Website Search by Name Search by Record
  16. 16. Name Search Results Parents Maiden Name Children
  17. 17. Locality RecordsCamera icon =View original record 18
  18. 18. Original Image 19
  19. 19. Family History Library CatalogFind the records Order the microfilm View the records you want online from home at a family history center 20
  20. 20. Catalog Search: PLACE South Carolina 21
  21. 21. Catalog Search: NAME 22
  22. 22. Online Film Ordering Order from home at: familysearch/films Films sent to your local FHC
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  24. 24. Search Results for “Walter Mercer” in User-Submitted Family Trees 26
  25. 25. Search for “Walter Mercer” in Books 27
  26. 26. Search Results for “Walter Mercer” in Books /Allen County Public Library 28
  27. 27. What is Indexing? • Over 100,000 volunteers worldwide • Can be done by anyone of any age • Use your own personal computer • Choose the project you want to work on • A “batch” takes about 20 minutes • Do as many batches as you wish • Start and stop a batch as you wish • Images that are difficult to read can be returned
  28. 28. These microfilm records have informationwhich may help you find your ancestors
  29. 29. IndexingNumber of activevolunteers– Over 250,000Number of currentprojects – Over 500 And Growing!Number of names indexedper year – Over 300 million Number of indexed records added daily – 1.7 million
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  31. 31. This is the “test drive”
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  34. 34. Current Indexing ProjectsOver 500 Indexing Projects • Spanish • Italian • Russian • German • French • Portuguese • Swedish • Czech 36
  35. 35. Why Index? Provide meaningful service Give back and pay it forward It’s fast and it’s easy No special skills are required Can be done from home, or any computer 37
  36. 36. Global Service Organization Free global service organization with over 70,000 volunteers. Local and online support 24/7 live assistance Call toll-free 1-866-406-1830 Chat onlineE-mail at support@familysearch.org
  37. 37. Let us know how we can help you!

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