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 – –  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” –

– Geneawiki  – in several languages but not English?

– Biographical Wiki –

– GenWiki – target German genealogy –

– Dick Eastman’s Encyclopedia of Genealogy

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
  2. Cyndi’s list
  3. Genuki

Strategies to get the most out of searching

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

Overview of FamilySearch video

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 –

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 –

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

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