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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FamilySearch Family Tree – Getting Started

You probably haven’t heard of FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT). It really isn’t a secret  but FamilySearch has not made a public announcement as of yet. It is an advanced on-line linked family tree. The data in FSFT has been contributed by thousands of people over many years. It contains all the data from the old …

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FamilySearch 1940 Census Index

I don’t know how I missed it but FamilySearch has completed posting their index to the 1940 US census. I like their index better than the one on Ancestry.com. It appears to be correct more often. Currently on the FamilySearch homepage, is a link on the upper right corner which says that “all 50 states …

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1940 NY Census Index on FamilySearch

FamilySearch has released their index of the 1940 census for NY State. An index has been available on Ancestry.com for almost 2 months for NY State. Other bloggers have been comparing indexes for other states and have found many differences. I have been following Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings and The Ancestry Insider who have really been …

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