Friday, February 26, 2016

Website: - Part 3

This last blog article on will cover the different types of trees that are on this site:

Pedigree Resource File, Ancestral File, IGI, Community Trees and Family Tree
  • Pedigree Resource File: A growing collection of genealogies submitted by users
  • Ancestral File: A static collection of genealogies submitted by users before 2003
  • IGI: Information of over 430 million ancestors contributed by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Community Trees: A collection of sourced genealogies from specific times

To get to this section, simply click on "Search" and in the drop down click on "Genealogies". Here you'll be able to enter in information you have and the results will come from first four groups listed there.  

You can add additional information as this is a partial view of the form. You can add the spouse and parents names also here to get better results.

The last section is Family Trees. In order to view these you need an account, you do not need to be member of The Church of Latter-day Saints to have an account. 

To sign up you simply click on "Free Account" at the top on the right and enter the necessary information. Once that is complete you can begin your search by clicking on "Find" which looks like this:

Remembering that this is tapping into billions of names that can help you further your research. All these trees are submitted by individuals, some have sources, pictures, etc. and many do not. It is a great place to either begin or to see if someone has more than you on a family line. Either way, it is an great resource to genealogists all over the world.

We'll tackle another website next week, in the mean time, spend some serious time in, and you may find more than you expect!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Website: Part 2

Last week we reviewed the "Learning Center" and the vast collection of "Online records". This week we will take a look at the "Scanned Books" and the Family History Library Catalog.

To go to the scanned book section, one clicks on "Search" at the top, scrolls down and clicks on "Books" and lands here:

One can search the more than 2000 digitized collection of scanned family history and genealogical publications from 12 different libraries. 

Allen County Public Library, BYU-Harold B. Lee Library, BYU-I David O. McKay Library, BYU-Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Church History Library, Family History Library, Houston Public Library -Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Onondaga Conty Public Library, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. 

Some of the scanned books can be read by anyone from their home and others require you to be at a Family History Center, either way, it is a great assets to the genealogical community throughout the world.

To access the catalog, again go to "Search" and this time click on "Catalog". This will bring you to where you can enter the search information for a particular place, or a subject or even the title to one of the books that has been scanned.

The format of what you are searching for could be on microfilm, microfiche, in-house book, a scanned book, or an online record collection, each will be identified to assist you in locating the record set.

If it is a book in-house, they are not lent out, one would have to visit the Family History Library or order the item either in microfilm or microfiche format to be sent to a local Family History Library. Often times the book is also available closer to your current home, this can be checked through the OCLC WorldCat.

If the item is on microfilm or microfiche it can ordered and sent to a local Family History Center, ordering of these films or fiche can now be done online, here is a link to the ordering resource.

When searching for records from a specific place, one simply enters in the location and they are brought to that screen where a listing of what is available is provided. One simply reviews it and locates what is needed, the format will be stated and depending on that format will determine the procedure to get the relevant records either online or sent to a local Family History Center.

One simply checks each section they are interested in and follow the above directions to obtain a copy of the records needed for research.

Next we will cover Family Trees...

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Friday, February 12, 2016


There is a lot to be said for, from access to help videos, online records, scanned books, the catalog and family trees it is an amazing website and has a lot to offer anyone doing research today.

Each of the items mentioned could take a blog article all by itself so today we'll discuss the first two items and continue it into Part 2 next week. The first item is the large variety of helpful tutorials to guide you from beginner through to narrowing down a particular country and its records. 

There are hundreds of videos here to help everyone. A quick glance from the above image shows some of the countries represented here to help others research in those localities. There are 255 for beginners, 14 foreign languages represented with a variety of topics. To get to this section go to the Help up in the top right hand corner, click it and then click "Learning Center", type in the box what you looking for and enjoy the lesson which usually comes with a handout!

The next area is the online records which is vast. The count as of when this blog is being written is 2,062 different collections. Again these collections cover many parts of the world and not just the United States.

As you can see, a number of countries are represented as well as a large span of dates of records available.

When searching through these records, sometimes you will have access to the actual image and other times you will see a transcription, it all depends on the agreements set up for access to the records.

Additionally, not all records are indexed, some will be viewable by browsing, if this happens, way points have been put in to help with viewing those records.

Whether you choose a collection to research in or get to that collection through the "Search Historical Records" fill in form, you will definitely find much to aid your research!

These two features alone make this site worth a visit. We'll review more from this site next week.

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Friday, February 5, 2016


The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 to build an Internet library with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Today there are over 150 billion web pages. About 240,000 movies, over 500,00 audio items, over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 educational items, and over 30,000 software items and it grows bigger each and every day.

The over 1,800,000 texts are a great help to genealogists everywhere. These resources range from scanned copies of parish registers to biographies, histories and all types of records to aid in family history research. Let's start with parish records, we put "Vermont Parish Records" in their search records and came up with the Rutland, VT West Parish Records covering 1773-1881:

One can search this page by page or search for a particular family surname. Doing a search for "Family Histories" brings up 578 results. Here is the Ashton Family Histories:

This book is over 1000 pages long with stories, photos. charts and an index.

The next part of this website in the "Way Back Machine", this is a wonderful asset to all doing research.

Type in the Internet address for a website and view it over time as it was scanned by The best part of this is the websites which are no longer available, you are able to go back to them and view their contents. Here is a screen shot from the early days for the Internet Archive.

As you continue your research, consider the Internet Archive as another place to find lots of help with your Family History research!

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