Swann VR Collection

I was looking for a Rochester family on FamilySearch and came up with a relatively new source of area vital records. The Swann Collection is from the Yates County Genealogical  & Historical Society. Their collection contains all kinds of vital records from family records, newspapers and 21 family Bibles. The earliest record in the collection …

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Shared Library Catalogs

Fairly recently the FamilySearch catalog was merged with the WorldCat catalog. It definitely benefits genealogical researchers in finding sources closer to where they live. From the main FamilySearch web page, you can get to the catalog either of two ways. If you hover over the “Search” at the top of the page a menu comes …

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Short Followups

In took the book, Hundertjährige Geschichte des Deutschtums von Rochester (1915) by Hermann Pfaefflin to the RootsTech 2013 conference. FamilySearch scanned the book and were going to place a digital copy online. It has been almost a year and it still isn’t online This web page on FamilySearch says there is a digital copy but …

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NY Death Index on FamilySearch

Back in May, NY State created a web database that had an index to update deaths from 1957 to 1963. That database has now found its way to FamilySearch. The FamilySeaxh version is easier to use. As earch gives gives spelling variations and also gives the place of residence that you had to hunt for …

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Adding Sources to FamilySearch Family Tree

I like the idea of collaboration on FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT). Anyone can make changes to the vast collection of family records. Some people are afraid that data that they put on FSFT will be changed. If they have a source that I don’t have then it is a great thing to make a change. …

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What Records?

Many other blogs are carrying news of a new agreement between FamilySearch and Ancestry.com that will “make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online” (see: the official announcement). One billion is a lot of records. I read the announcement 3 times but I can’t figure out what records they could be talking about. Plus …

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Find A Grave on FamilySearch

An announcement from FamilySearch yesterday mentioned that they now have records from Find A Grave, I did a search on the direct link to the database on FamilySearch and was surprised that I couldn’t find records that I had put on Find A Grave. I then went over to the Find A Grave website to …

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Free Online Books

FamilySearch has announced they now have 100,000 books in their online collection of Family History Books. These books have been scanned and published online through a partners of the Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Church History Library, Houston Public …

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FamilySearch Family Tree – Printing

You can now print both a family group sheet and a pedigree sheet from FamilySearch Family Tree. In a person view there are 2 links off to the right (see image, below). Clicking one of the printing options will open a new window in your browser that is a PDF file. For you to view …

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FamilySearch – One Billion Indexed Records

FamilySearch passed a big milestone last week, Friday. They started their current indexing project in September 2006. Now they have indexed over 1 billion records. The procedure is that each record is indexed twice and then arbitrated for differences of each record. Once indexed records are completed, they are put on the FS website and …

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