This may seem a strange question to ask, but there is a lot on this website and I thought it was good to remind ourselves of some of the things that are there – so I am sharing this article from James Tanners’ blog – thank you James – he also writes Genealogy’s Star – there is of course even more than he refers to: the research wiki under the menu Search is well worth learning to use and then there is the Family Tree – everyone working to create one tree for all mankind!
And I really like the elephant picture – do you remember the story?
What is FamilySearch.org?
The title to this post may seem like a pretty silly question to ask but I think the question is real. There are a lot of people I talk to that have no real idea about FamilySearch.org, assuming they know about the website at all. I am reminded of the story of the blind men and the elephant.
First and foremost, FamilySearch.org is vast collection of digitized historical records with millions of new records being added every week.
The complete collection of all the books and documents in the FamilySearch Libraries around the world in contained in Catalog. All of the microfilm images collected from all over the world since 1938 are also listed.
There is a pull-down menu (where the word “Any” appears) that will indicate which library of the FamilySearch system has the resource.
There is a section called Genealogies, that contains several valuable resources: The Ancestral File (AF), The Pedigree Resource file (PRF), the International Genealogical Index (IGI), and the Community Trees files. Here is a screenshot:
In addition, FamilySearch.org has a huge collection of digitized books. The last number I heard about the collection was that it was over 250,000. There was also a recent notice that they were adding collections from 32 State libraries around the United States.
The Memories section contains millions of photographs, documents and stories.