Useful Family Search URLs
Besides being able to search for records, the free website FamilySearch.org has multiple useful pages, but doesn't seem to provide any really obvious ways of finding them, especially since the website was overhauled:
- Research Wiki: Why did they make this so difficult to find from some of the pages (including the landing page)?
- Learning Center: Browse hundreds of online genealogy courses to help you discover your family history. A few useful or interesting ones I recommend:
England Beginning Research Series Lesson 1: Getting Started
England Beginning Research Series Lesson 2: Understanding Census Records
England Beginning Research Series Lesson 3: Understanding Civil Registration
England Beginning Research Series Lesson 4: Understanding Church Records
England Probate Records: Pre-1858 Probate Records: Courts and Indexes
England Probate Records: From 1858 to the Present
Thinking Creatively About Research Problems – thought-provoking presentation on researching information when an ancestor had lied about various pieces of information to conceal his illegitimacy (and also being a scoundrel!), advising widening the boundaries and being distrustful even on records that normally can be relied upon.
- List of Historical Record Collections – Can be filtered on location, date, and type of record and also indicates those collections where images are available on-line (images for all collections are available on microfiche at LDS Family History Centers)
- Family History Books – Can often have full access to the book
- Standard Placename Finder: A database, with GPS co-ordinates, which provides access to standardized information for the names of locations, plus synonyms. Very helpful when a place name can't be found on, for example, Google Earth or Google Maps.
- I.G.I. (International Genealogical Index), allowing searching to be on Community Indexed records (usually very reliable) and those that are Community Contributed (very variable accuracy)
- FamilySearch Labs: Where new stuff is first shown. Has some great charts for displaying Ancestors and Descendants
- Jurisdictions in England (1851): Unfortunately there aren't similar maps for Wales and Scotland
- Create a Fan Chart: Beautiful free chart, downloaded as a PDF. Now accepts GEDcom files (which can be created from all family tree programs, as well as from trees on the Ancestry website), whereas previously you had to have all your ancestors on FamilySearch.org (I don't). They have my favorite fan chart available anywhere, which covers 9 generations. It's free to use, and you can create a (free) PDF of your chart. You can also produce a 9-generation pedigree chart. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I wasn't able to create a PDF when using Chrome as my browser, but had no problems using Internet Explorer.
- Pedigreeable: Another charting website, with charts as a circle, balloons, or an interesting modern tree – unfortunately birth and death years aren't included, which is a shame. There are options for a downloadable PNG file (a small one is free, larger for $14.95) and poster ($34.95, includes the large PNG file).
- Link to the old Research Outlines at BYU
- Puzzilla.org – a new descendancy presentation, which is unique and amazing (see the animation Here)
- Requesting Photocopies From the Family History Library in Salt Lake City – see the blog posting for information, complete the Photoduplication Form, and e-mail to Photoduplication@familysearch.org, with a maximum of 5 image shots per month. Unfortunately they stopped this in Dec 2014.
- RootsMapper which shows your pedigree (or that for any other selected individual) in map format, animating backwards the migration of ancestors – see RootsMapper: Another FamilySearch Family Tree Extension (Ancestry Insider, 13 Mar 2014) for details
- FamilyMap (an iOS app), which is similar to RootsMapper (above), but doesn't give an option for anyone's relatives to be mapped except yours
IGI Batch Numbers Demystified
The IGI (International Genealogical Index) batch numbers are a bit of a mystery to a lot of us, so the following may help (but the Rootsweb site, where the Hugh Wallis links are housed) has been inaccessible (as of Mar 2016), so if not working, use the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to access the links below):
- How to add a GEDCOM to FamilySearch.org (Kitty Cooper, 5 Mar 2014)
- Adding People from a GEDCOM to FamilySearch, Part 2 – (Kitty Cooper, 7 Mar 2014)
Page updated 10 March 2016