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A Whirlwind Tour of FamilySearch Resources - 2013 Presentation


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This is presentation I gave at the 2013 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. It gives a high-level overview of available resources on A corresponding document with URL links to the pages shown in the presentation has also been uploaded to SlideShare.

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A Whirlwind Tour of FamilySearch Resources - 2013 Presentation

  1. 1. © 2013 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. A Whirlwind Tour of FamilySearch Resources BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy July 30, 2013 Ben Baker
  2. 2. Background • 3½ years as Software Engineer at FamilySearch • Currently work primarily on Family Tree • A lot of work around merging persons in Family Tree (later presentation on this topic) • Experts in specific areas also presenting here • Previous experience at FamilySearch with digital image processing of historical documents • Try to do my own genealogy and help others • I’m here to learn from real users of our services • Click here for a copy of the syllabus which includes URL links to reach all screens in this presentation
  3. 3. FamilySearch Family Tree • Replacing • Some key new features include: • Public access (not just LDS church members) • A single wiki-like tree that can be edited by any user • Linking to sources • Change history with justification reasons • Not a match declarations to prevent bad merges • Interactive fan chart • Integration with photos/stories • Temple Opportunities • Lots more
  4. 4. Photos and Stories • Upload photos and stories about your ancestors to bring them more to life • Supports sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and via E-mail • Connect to ancestors in Family Tree
  5. 5. Search • This is the place to go to search for historical records and user-uploaded genealogies • This page is the most like the previous home page • About 1 million images are being added each day, many not indexed, so don’t forget to search un- indexed record collections
  6. 6. Example Using Facets to Narrow Down Collections Show me all collections that contain birth, marriage or death records in Illinois between 1800 and 1849
  7. 7. Process to Submit Tree 1. Upload GEDCOM to FamilySearch 2. Compare each person with those in Family Tree 3. Add persons not already in Family Tree
  8. 8. Temple • Shows information and status about LDS temple ordinances • Only available to LDS church members • More features around sharing reserved cards with family and friends are coming soon
  9. 9. Volunteer Volunteer to give of your time, knowledge, money or insight
  10. 10. Get Help • Supports phone calls, live chat and sending a message to get help • Don’t forget to login to see LDS-specific helps.
  11. 11. LDS Church Websites There are many pages on that have family history related content
  12. 12. Profile • Control user profile settings such as password, contact information and notification e-mails
  13. 13. Indexing Help index historical records to produce searchable indexes
  14. 14. Celebrating One Billion Records Indexed! Volunteers have indexed one billion records since FamilySearch online indexing began in 2006. Join the US Immigration and Naturalization Community Project to help make the next billion records free and searchable online!
  15. 15. What’s New Learn about the latest features in FamilySearch products and services
  16. 16. Locations • In-person help at Family History Centers and Libraries worldwide • Some offer on-site courses, microfilm ordering and other services
  17. 17. About Learn more about the FamilySearch organization, affiliated products and more
  18. 18. Blog • See the latest announcements and features • Can subscribe via an RSS news reader
  19. 19. Feedback Provide feedback on FamilySearch products and services
  20. 20. Languages • English • Spanish • Portuguese • German • French • Italian • Russian • Japanese • Korean • Chinese Website currently supports 10 languages
  21. 21. Other Useful Related Sites
  22. 22. Learn about serving in family history: Call: 1-855-346-4774 Email: Online:
  23. 23. Q & A Thank you for attending today’s presentation Do you know of any other great pages I missed?