To get help from the FamilySearch website, go to FamilySearch. In the upper right hand corner, there is a “Get Help” (a little circle with a question mark in it) icon. Clicking on “Get Help” will produce a drop-down box listing the various ways to find answers to questions and links to “Contact us“. “Contact us” includes Call Us, Live Chat, Send Message or Finding Local Help.
For those who only want to make a quick voice call: Family History Customer Service 1-866-406-1830
There are also new Virtual Research Strategy Sessions available where you can get guided help for research questions which are 20 or 40 minutes sessions via ZOOM with a FamilySearch Research specialist. Genealogical research strategy sessions are free, virtual meetings designed to provide you with research guidance, methodology, and next steps.
Read more here: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Virtual_Research_Strategy_Sessions
There is always the Family History Guide for free online self training: https://thefhguide.com/index.html
“In theory I’m anti crastination, but in practice I find I’m often pro.” – Nicholas Gruen
A couple of questions popped up this week. I could guess answers, but I would prefer to tease the group with them and get better answers in the process.
Two people are DNA matches at Family Tree DNA. Not close cousins, but real matches. They also are experienced users of Family Search and have placed themselves into the “one world” tree. They do not know how they are related. All communication has been by email. They have tried to discover their relationship by using the “View My Relationship” function from within the Person View of various “most recent common ancestors” on both sides. But it never works. Could it work? Should it work? Why won’t it work?
Two men are Y-DNA matches on the Big-Y test out at a Genetic Distance of 9 (8 STR differences out of 389) level. In the Yfull tree, they “connect” 950 years ago. But, they do NOT match autosomally. Could they? Should they? Why not?
Can Family Search be used, generally, to solve these tree building exercises needed to bring DNA matches together? Specifically, can Family Search be used to connect the guys in the 2nd example? We always use Ancestry.com and Thrulines to connect the dots, but if people cooperate, would the “View My Relationship” at Family Search be a better way? Just an idea….
Speaking of FREE classes and webinars about genealogical research, did you realize that Familysearch.org has lots of them and they are all free!
The webinars are broadcast using Zoom. There are many classes available, look for the October and November schedules by clicking on the link below.
Train yourself, then train others. If you help someone in your family learn to do genealogy, their fresh eyes can help you flesh out your shared tree!
“Would you go to someone’s funeral who didn’t go to yours?”
Jo Ann Robinson, Director of the local Monterey California Family History Center, reminded us the other day about a service provided by the Salt Lake City Family History Library. Quoting from her:
In these challenging times, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is making it a bit easier for you to find your ancestors. They are offering free, 20-minute consultations to help you with your personal research questions, using Microsoft Teams for remote meetings.
Click Here to find out how to use this service: FHL WIKI
The Wiki article provides videos about using Microsoft Teams. It is pretty easy. If you are having trouble with a persnickety ancestor, give it a try.
See other ways you can get assistance at the: Family History Guide
Some folks have a bit more spare time these days. Things that have been put off are getting done! That is good news, even if we complain about current events. But there are only so many weeds to pull, only so many socks to knit, only one fence to repair, only so many miles to walk. Some who love to volunteer in the public sector are suddenly missing their need for an altruistic fix.
Here is an idea…. there are still old genealogical records out there that need indexing!
If you have a few hours to spare and the T-V is turning into a radio and your family tree is filled out through six generations of cousins, then maybe you could volunteer as an indexer at either FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com.
As they say, from the comfort of your own home…. all you need is a computer connected to the internet. You can even choose projects that you prefer, like in Wisconsin, Italy, Guatamala, Georgia, etc. I would like it if some of you who can read German records would help index some of my family’s records! 🙂
Here is a link to the top of FamilySearch indexing project:
They also have a need to index records at Ancestry.com.
Of course, you could start your own blog. That could be my next Things ToDo article ?
”My wife keeps reminding me about some things that need repair around the house. One would think that after six months she’d know I have the list memorized.”
The following information has not been tested by me. But, as a volunteer at the Monterey Family History Center, the question about uploading gedcom files into FamilySearch.org comes up once in a while. I never know how to answer, some of my coworkers say Yes, some say No. In a message site the other day, the subject came up and a couple of links were posted as well as some advice. I have decided to share this information here (before I forget where I saw it!)
Kitty Cooper wrote about this subject 6 years ago, and updated it last year. See here:
How to add a GEDCOM to familysearch.org
Family Search themselves wrote about this subject. Here is the real story:
Tim Janzen gave me this wise counsel on the message board:
This is probably best done by people who have ancestries that are not currently very well represented in the FS Family Tree. I think that for most people the best thing to do is to find their grandparents or great grandparents in the tree and then add the genealogical data one fact at a time. I am frequently correcting errors in the tree made by people who uploaded GEDCOMs into the tree and did so in a very sloppy manner resulting in unnecessary duplicates that “cleaners” like me have to merge and get rid of after doing some careful research about the situation.
In any case, the FS Family Tree is a wonderful tool for genetic genealogists. If FamilySearch ever starts integrating genetic data into the tree it will be even more wonderful than it currently is. I learned at RootsTech that about 16 million new people are being added to the tree each month.
”The Internet is making smart people smarter and dumb people dumber.” – Kevin Drum