Finding Your Ancestors Part 2

FamilySearch – Trees – Pedigree Resource file and what you get – look for marriages and children  details – note links – look for sources – date of submission – number of names in submission – accessing rest of submission via submission link

search Historical Records on familysearch – learn how to use filters – note difference between search by terms and filters – turn filters on and off – do parent search – batch searches – caution re use of exact in a search

use of CTRL F or CMD F on Mac when lots of data on the screen – use Return to find next occurrence

FamilySearch wiki searches – article in FamilySearch blog – https://familysearch.org/blog/en/searching-familysearch-wiki/ –  help with wiki by signing in and click on edit or compose article

What others wikis exist for genealogy?

– WeRelate -”world’s largest genealogical wiki” –  http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Main_Page

– Geneawiki  – in several languages but not English?  http://www.geneawiki.com/

– Biographical Wiki – http://www.biographicalwiki.com/index.php/Main_Page

– GenWiki – target German genealogy – http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Hauptseite

– Dick Eastman’s Encyclopedia of Genealogy http://www.eogen.com/

Maps for genealogy

– then go to gateway sites to find more links to maps – and other genealogy sites

– gateway sites help find good websites – include:

  1. Mary’s Genealogy Treasures http://www3.telus.net/public/mtoll/
  2. Cyndi’s list  http://www.cyndislist.com/
  3. Genuki  http://www.genuki.org.uk/

Strategies to get the most out of searching

– and article from Genealogy in Time – A Guide to Performing Online Genealogy Searches

http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/a_guide_to_performing_online_genealogy_searches_page01.html?awt_l=Osn7M&awt_m=JF9qXMl4HQk.Vy

Overview of FamilySearch video  https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/product-demo-familysearch-org-overview/412

Digital book collection at Familysearch  – books tab on main page – growing – so check back

Using the FHL catalog – why? how? – find files of original documents that can be ordered into local Family History Centre

Ordering microfilm – https://familysearch.org/films/

I’m stuck – how can I get help? – Use Forums and message boards

FamilySearch forum – ask questions – find section for your country or province

Rootsweb  message boards – http://boards.rootsweb.com/

Final word:  Verify, verify, verify data you receive from others

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