Do you wish that you could come to the Family History Library in Salt Lake to attend classes and learn from the genealogical specialists on the Family History Library research teams? The specialists are coming to you! Each team has planned and prepared webinars and handouts to help you with your research. All you need to participate is a computer and an Internet connection.
You may be among the many members of the Church who have made a resolution this year to “do more family history.” Consider us at FamilySearch.org your personal family history trainer. Here are 7 simple exercises that will get you on your way to becoming a family history hero.
Contributors to FamilySearch Family Tree, particularly those that are new to it, often hesitate to make changes for fear of “messing things up.” A common change that can cause real angst is deleting an individual. A recent change to Family Tree should help ease this worry, and safeguard against the accidental or incorrect deletion of persons added by others. FamilySearch has made deletion open only to the user that added a particular person to the tree and if that person has no other contributors. If you try to delete a person from the tree that you did not add, you will see a new alert that explains why you can’t delete the person in question and provides some alternative actions:
Several places in FamilySearch.org display a photo icon or thumbnail. It means you can see an image of the original document online if you click the icon.
Begining November 2, 2015, users of the FamilySearch Catalog viewing an indexed film with unrestricted images will be able to use this feature to
1) jump to the indexed records on that film,
2) jump to a gallery of images from the film,
3) jump to microfilm ordering.
FamilySearch has a plan for the future that includes digitizing and publishing all the aviable microfilm in the Granite Mountain Record Vault. When done, the published rolls of microfilm will no longer be copied and circulated. They will become 'digital microfilm.'
Thom Reed, a FamilySearch employee, was recently featured in Time Magazine, where he shared some of his own story about the challenges of finding records about ancestors who were slaves. He, along with many others who are in the African American community, are also turning their efforts to the Freedman Bureau community indexing project, which is opening a valuable new set of indexed records that will help people who are looking for their African American ancestors.
Recently, Thom just happened to be using a FamilySearch test feature called the logged-in user page, when he located what he called #FamilyHistoryFind!!! He recalled, “I was selected to participate in a test of how my home page looks when someone logs in.” After logging in, Thom found some new information about Tom Baines. Thom said, “I followed the steps (for the first time it was ever available to users), and it led...
Fifteen years ago Apple was a beleaguered tech company. Today, it is a transformative leader across multiple industries (computers, smart phones, music, movies, wearable technology). Robert Kehrer, senior product manager forFamilySearch.org’s search experience believes FamilySearch is also undergoing a fundamental transformation. He knows because, as a manager at Apple for most of the last decade he participated in the change, and clearly sees the similarities. Kehrer was the keynote speaker at the BYU Family History Conference Thursday morning, July 27, 2015.
“[FamilySearch] is a different organization today—focused on the customer and quickly delivering value,” said Kehrer. “Companies that change the fastest to meet customer needs today are the most effective.” Kehrer said that FamilySearch is seeking to change the very landscape of genealogy. READ MORE