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FamilySearch Presentation


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This presentation was for two FamilySearch Information Sessions I did about ordering microfilm from the FamilySearch catalog and getting them sent to an affiliate library in order to view.

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FamilySearch Presentation

  1. 1. Willmar Public Library June 10, 2014 FamilySearch Information Session
  2. 2. What is FamilySearch? • Largest genealogy organization in the world • Provides access to genealogical records through online catalog and in print sources • Run by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints • Have a number of free tools to get you started on discovering your family history
  3. 3. FamilySearch Affiliate Library • The Willmar Public Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library • While many records have been digitized and put online, there are still millions of records that are only available via microfilm • If this is the case, you may order the microfilm and have it sent to our library to view using our microfilm reader
  4. 4. Creating an Account • • Join for free on right hand side at the top • Enter information • Sent an email, where you will need to click Activate as the final step • You now have access to the FamilySearch resources • Video: d1995251660001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAsMO7iuE ~,0a6boL_aMzSw_yxPb4s- 860v3o94zt2u&bctid=2270136555001
  5. 5. FamilySearch Catalog • The FamilySearch catalog describes the resources that are available via FamilySearch • It is the guide to family histories and includes: – Birth, marriage and death records – Census records – Church registers – Books, periodicals and other records that contain genealogical information • The records in the catalog may be available via book, microfilm/microfiche, online or in a computer file
  6. 6. Using the FamilySearch Catalog • Now that you have an account, you will use the search button to go to the catalog, or type in the URL: • At the top, click on the Catalog tab • Choose a person about whom you want to find more information and decide what you want to learn about him/her – Decide what type of records will contain that information
  7. 7. Using the FamilySearch Catalog • Types of searches: – Places – Surname – Title – Authors – Subjects – Keywords – Call Numbers – Film/Fiche Numbers
  8. 8. Using the FamilySearch Catalog • This search will give you the genealogical materials that are available – Some of these will be books or online materials – When they say microfilm, you may order them to be sent to the library to view – If you are interested in a book, you may try to find it through the WorldCat link at the bottom of the page • Link:
  9. 9. Creating an Order • Once you have located the microfilm number you want to order from the catalog, go to to place the order • Sign in if you have not already done so • Enter the number on the left hand side • Click on the find link to set your default family history center to the Willmar Public Library – Select United States and Minnesota – Willmar Public Library – Save
  10. 10. Creating an Order • Make sure the Film Availability says Available for Loan • Two options for loans – – Short-term Microfilm Loan $7.50 • 90 days – 60 day loan period, with 30 days to allow for shipping – Extended Microfilm Loan $18.75 • No specific return date
  11. 11. Creating an Order • Add to Cart once select appropriate loan • Review information and Proceed to Checkout • Enter billing and payment information • Order Review • Video: bcpid2013707721001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAA sMO7iuE~,0a6boL_aMzQBUrPCUxYxyfOz xb3IfCNS&bctid=2013948140001
  12. 12. Viewing the Microfilm at the Library • When the library has received your microfilm you will get an email • It is recommended but not required that you call the day you would like to use the microfilm reader to ensure it is not in use • Staff will be available to help with the microfilm reader if you need assistance • You are able to print and create computer files from the microfilm
  13. 13. Returning Microfilm • You will receive an e-mail 7 days before the due date of your microfilm • If you need more time, you can renew your loan online through your account – Select Short-term Microfilm Loan Renewal and you will be given an extra 60 days to view the film • The library will return the microfilm for you
  14. 14. Useful Resources • Family History Library Favorites – • FamilySearch Wiki – • FamilySearch –>Historical Records • FamilySearch Indexing –
  15. 15. Questions?