What’s New at FamilySearch?

Miles Meyer SGES Presentation 12 May 2012

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!

What’s New?
• FamilySearch has published 530 million images and 1.7 billion indexed records. • FamilySearch has signed an agreement with the Italian government to digitize all their civil registration records. • FamilySearch’s goal is to publish 400 million images this year.

What’s New?
• FamilySearch has 3.5 billion frames of microfilm/fiche yet to be digitized. • FamilySearch teams are capturing 75 million new images annually. • 1.3 million records are indexed each day. • FamilySearch will add the capability for users to annotate records with corrections this year.

1940 Census!
• The 1940 census was released to the public on April 2. • There are 3.6 million images in the 1940 census. • More than 650 societies are helping to index the 1940 census. • Over 30% of the census has been indexed already! • The current projection is that the census will be complete in July.

How Can You Help 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. • Differences are reviewed by Arbitrators.

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. • Access to entire records collection is FREE*.





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 beta release. • Will go public this year!

FamilySearch Family Trees
• How do I sign up?
– Visit familysearch.org – Click on Help – Search for “Public access to Family Tree” – Follow the instructions

FamilySearch Family Trees
• If you do not currently use new.familysearch.org, you must first sign up to use new.familysearch.org.
– Go to http://www.familysearch.org/invite/public1. – Enter the user name and password of your FamilySearch Account. – Click Sign In.

FamilySearch Family Trees
• Sign up to use the Family Tree:
– Go to https://www.familysearch.org/invite/familytree_t ab. – Enter the user name and password of your FamilySearch Account. – Click Sign In. You will be taken to familysearch.org, where you will be signed in and see a Family Tree link next to the FamilySearch logo.

FamilySearch Family Trees
• To see your tree, click the Family Tree link. This link is located in the upper-left corner of the screen, next to the FamilySearch logo.
– Because only those who are deceased are shown in Family Tree, you won't immediately see your tree. You will need to add living parents or grand-parents until you can connect to one of your deceased ancestors. – Search for a deceased ancestor first so that you will know which living people you have to add to create the links back to the deceased ancestor you find. – Repeat this process on each of your ancestral lines to create your full tree.

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.



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