MISCELLANEOUS GOOD TO KNOW INFO:
If you have a question, ASK for help!
- Start with you and verify that the individuals connected are actually your family BEFORE beginning to work. It is a waste of your time to work on a line that isn’t actually your family. Starting with yourself helps you to know your family, learn navigation and allows you to make correct decisions as you move farther back in time.
- (For LDS) You will not be allowed to reserve temple work before 1500 without special permission. Working on Descendancy and more recent time periods is where you will find records and names of family that need ordinance work. Think “End of line past 1499 is probably a waste of time.”
- Screens change all the time; please understand if a screenshot is out of date in a handout…even in FamilySearch handouts.
- PLEASE learn to use Browse and Find. Short reference handouts can be found in this FamilySearch Section.
- BYU Family History Library: Consice FamilySearch.org Training; 16 topics with 5-10 minute how-to videos; also includes handouts for each step: sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/classes-and-webinars/family-history-consultant-training/
- The Riverton FamilySearch Center has good handouts. They can be found at: https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Riverton_FamilySearch_Library/Handouts_and_Guides (listed down the left-hand side of the page)
- ALWAYS look at images for records if they are available. Many images have considerably more information than was indexed. If the image is hard to read, check the partner websites to see if they have an image. It is not the same image across all of the websites.
- FamilySearch has a coloring book for younger children. It can be purchased online or at Deseret Book Store.
- If you have “lost” your relationship to a person in Family Tree, check out the handout on Relative Finder (in the FamilySearch Section). It will help you find the common ancestor for the person you are working on.
- (For LDS) Ordinances are not performed for children who are stillborn. However, some children listed as “stillborn” in a record may not have actually been stillborn. In the past outside of the United States, parents would wait to make sure a child was going to live before reporting their birth to avoid a “child tax”.
- Learning to “Sort Collections” in a search on FamilySearch will save you lots of time. THE GENEALOGY GIRL has made a video about how to do this: https://thegenealogygirl.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/familysearch-tip-organizing-search-results/ Note: you can click the box in front of the record collections and limit the search to several collections rather than limiting it to just one collection at a time.