FamilySearch Website Update

FamilySearch has made major changes to their website. All of the changes were talked about last month at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City by James Tanner and Dennis Brimhall. The website added the capability to upload photos and stories of your ancestors. I uploaded a picture of my grandmother. After you upload the …

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FamilySearch Family Tree now on the FamilySearch Front Page

Back in November I wrote about the FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) online genealogy database. At that time you had to know the secret of how to get in to the database. Now FamilySearch has added a tab to their main page. You will still have to sign up for a FamilySearch account if you don’t …

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FamilySearch and OCLC Partnership

FamilySearch and OCLC have announced a new agreement that will benefit both organizations. FamilySearch has a vast catalog of materials that will be added to OCLC’s online WorldCat library catalog. FamilySearch will also use WorldCat results in search results returned by FamilySearch genealogy services. FamilySearch has been using the OCLC library management system since 1996 …

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Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year. As far as I am concerned the biggest genealogy news of 2012 was the 1940 census being released. That happened on Apr. 2nd. By Aug 8th Ancestry had completed their index using laborers in China. FamilySearch took until about Sept. 5th to complete their 1940 …

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New York State Land Records on FamilySearch

A couple of weeks ago FamilySearch added digital images of NY State deeds and mortgages that they filmed many years ago. The collection “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975” covers most of New York State except Franklin, Nassau, and Queens Counties. In New York land records are filed at the County Courthouse. The collection usually covers …

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FamilySearch Family Tree – Still Coming

Over the last few weeks I have been writing about the genealogy database on FamilySearch called Family Tree (FSFT). The FSFT team hasn’t finished everything that they want to do with this complicated on-line system. One main thing that isn’t available is to print out either a family tree or family group sheet. They say …

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FamilySearch Family Tree – Adding Records Via GEDCOM

Through the early stages of FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) people kept asking for the ability to upload new family records using GEDCOM. GEDCOM is a standard form for sharing your genealogy data from one genealogy program to another. It was developed by the LDS many years ago but hasn’t been updated for years. Still, it …

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FamilySearch Family Tree – Merging Duplicates

The most important updates to make to FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) are to add sources. The second most important updates are to combine duplicate records of a person. The data in FSFT has come from many sources including the old Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File. Both of those were from people uploading or mailing …

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FamilySearch Family Tree – Adding Sources

One of the most things we can do as a genealogist is to add source documentation to our records. FamilySearch Family Tree lets anyone add sources to a person in the database. It can be records that you have found on FamilySearch or a source from any other location on the internet or not. On …

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FamilySearch Family Tree – Editing and Adding Data

FamilySearch Family Tree was created so that anyone can edit data. The reasoning is eventually each date and place fact would end up with correct information. In the last posting I found the record of my ancestor, Dewitt Clinton Halsey. To make a correction of any fact you could first click on “Open Details” which …

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