What is FamilySearch?

• FamilySearch is the world's largest genealogy organization. • FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving and sharing records for over 100 years. • FamilySearch has over 4,500 Family History Centers in over 80 countries. • FamilySearch operates and maintains the FamilySearch.org website.

What Can I Find at FamilySearch?
• • • • • • • FamilySearch Portal • Tech Tips FamilySearch Indexing • Forums Records • Genealogy Software Family Trees • Catalog of Resources Community Trees • Scanned Books FamilySearch Wiki • Order Microfilm/fische Training • Directories of FHCs • And Much More!

FamilySearch Portal
• The Portal is available at all Family History Centers. • Provides free access to a variety of resources.
– Ancestry – World Vital Records – Fold3 (Footnote) – Heritage Quest – And more!

FamilySearch Indexing

• Volunteer indexing program for worldwide records collection (>150,000 active volunteers from 130 countries). • Indexing done on your home computer at your own pace. Two people index each page. • >2.5 billion names online. • >150 million indexed records added each year.

FamilySearch Records
https://www.familysearch.org • Contains billions of names across hundreds of worldwide collections (>100 countries). • Goal is to have all microfilmed records digitized and searchable (2.5 million rolls=~10 years to convert to digital format @ ~5 minutes per roll). • There are over 200 teams in over 45 countries digitizing new records as we speak. • 380 million new digital images will be added in 2012. • Access to entire records collection is FREE*.

Indexed Images Unindexed



Online Film Ordering

• Allows you to order genealogical resources from the Family History Library. • Orders are delivered to your local Family History Center for your use.

Family History Books (beta)

• Collection of over 40,000 digitized genealogy publications. • Each name is being added to a family tree.

FamilySearch Family Tree (beta)
• Trees are contributed by researchers. • Multiple opinions for the events can be entered. • Opportunity for sources, evidence, analysis, and discussions so multiple researchers can work together. • Currently in limited beta release. • Will go public this year!

FamilySearch Community Trees

• Community Trees are lineage-linked genealogies from specific locations and time periods around the world. • Includes both written and oral genealogies.

FamilySearch Training
https://www.familysearch.org/learn • Research Courses – over 250 training courses covering a wide range of subjects from around the world in various formats (audio, video & interactive slides). • Research Wiki – free collection of family history articles provided by family history enthusiasts from around the world. • Discussion Forums

FamilySearch Research Wiki

• Guides researchers on where and how to find information to aid their research. • Allows the researchers to contribute knowledge to help others. • Open source, just like Wikipedia, but focused on the genealogy community. • Nearly 70,000 articles. Adding 1,000 pages per month.


FamilySearch Tech Tips
https://www.familysearch.org/techtips • Find answers to your tech questions. • Learn about new genealogy tools.


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