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A Whirlwind Tour of FamilySearch Resources - 2013 URL List


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This is the syllabus materials for a presentation I gave at the 2013 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. It gives a high-level overview of available resources on This document gives links to many pages within A corresponding presentation showing screenshots has also been uploaded to SlideShare.

A Whirlwind Tour of FamilySearch Resources - 2013 URL List

  1. 1. A Whirlwind Tour of FamilySearch Resources Ben Baker –
  2. 2. 1. 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 and more. – Interactive fan chart - Lots of training resources (videos, manuals, guides, lessons, etc) – Training used for family history missionaries – Ron Tanner’s RootsTech 2013 session 2. Photos (and Stories) – Upload photos and stories about your ancestors to bring them more to life. Supports sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and E-mail - Add and tag photos, view My Photos - View by people tagged in the photos – can link to Family Tree - Organize into albums – Good way to share sets of photos - Add and link stories to people 3. 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. - All Record Collections - Tips for searching records, the catalog and IGI - Search user-uploaded genealogies tab, including Ancestral File & PRF - The new way to upload GEDCOMs, replacing Pedigree Resource File (PRF) - Search FamilySearch catalog (still in beta) - Old catalog – Digitized family history books - Community-built research advice articles - Good explanatory video of wiki 4. 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. - Shows status of all cards reserved regardless of status - Cards that have been reserved, but not yet printed - Cards that have been printed - Cards that have been shared with the temple - People in Family Tree four generations up from you and all their children that may already be ready for temple ordinances
  3. 3. 5. Volunteer - Volunteer to give of your time, knowledge, money or insight - Register to be a live research helper - Help index historical records to produce searchable indexes - Becoming an indexing arbitrator – Build the wiki - Location-based communities – Monetary donations - Evaluate FamilySearch products and services - Donate records or services 6. Get Help – Supports phone calls, live chat and send a message to get help. Don’t forget to login to see LDS-specific helps. - Allow support to remotely connect to your computer - Product support articles and Frequently Asked Questions - Get help with genealogical research - Simple ways to get started - Hundreds of genealogy courses by area, subject and skill level 7. LDS Church Websites - Main page for family history - 9 fun ways to participate - Resources for leaders to help - For those with family history callings - Getting youth more involved in family history - Beginning-level course materials - Video about how family history helped one family - Good for explaining to non-LDS people why Mormons do family history 8. Profile – Control user profile settings such as password, contact information and notification e-mails – Research wiki preferences - Source box 9. Indexing – Help index historical records to produce searchable indexes – Indexing Resource Guide - Current indexing projects - Indexing news
  4. 4. 10. What’s new – Learn about the latest features in FamilySearch products and services 11. Locations – In-person help at Family History Centers and Libraries worldwide – Some offer on-site courses, microfilm ordering and other services. 12. About – Learn more about the FamilySearch organization, affiliated products and more. - Official press releases – can subscribe via an RSS new reader - Affiliate products - For software developers producing products using FamilySearch data Software developer support - For record archives collaborating with FamilySearch to publish data - Services FamilySearch provides record archives - Active FamilySearch digitization projects worldwide - Open positions at FamilySearch 13. Blog – See the latest announcements and features – Can subscribe via an RSS news reader 14. Feedback – Provide feedback on FamilySearch products and services - Track cases you’ve submitted - Ideas from the community to improve FamilySearch 15. Languages Website currently supports 10 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese Some other useful links - Annual FamilySearch sponsored conference – Can download course materials and view select presentations - Online microfilm ordering - Interactive England 1851 parish/district maps - Standard finder for names, dates & places - Community trees project - Learn to leverage technology for family history - See some latest ideas being user tested - Information about serving family history related LDS missions - Learn about why PAF is being discontinued and what to do about it - YouTube channel - Main Facebook page
  5. 5. - Facebook page for FamilySearch indexing - Facebook page for main Family History Library - Main Twitter page – Main Google+ page Note: All screenshots and links above were current as of June 2013