Monday, July 8, 2013

What Everyone Should Know In Family Tree

FamilySearch Family Tree is surging forward. Many thousands of people, both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and those from the public that see the benefit of this one tree for all mankind. Several hundred participants are being added each day.

It opened up with a massive amount of information gathered by participants in all of the previous records, both correct and incorrect, that have been submitted through the various initiatives of the past. That information is displayed in the form of a Pedigree Chart and Detail pages of each person and family.

One of the fun parts of Family Tree is fixing it, accompanied by sources and discussions. It is making better genealogists of those who have randomly input what their mothers told them or what they thought was correct. Being able to collaborate, having a friendly and open mind attitude makes it great of course, is helping common relatives be more efficient by collaborating in their efforts. Photos and stories are being placed online. This has created great interest and enthusiasm.

I know that many resist doing their genealogy. The LDS Church feels each person has a responsibility to do the research for their ancestors. Some, mostly men and those with Pioneer heritage think that someone else has already done that. Some think it's such a mess in errors that it isn't worth the bother. Some of the older set think it's too hard to do technically, you know the computer part. They are wrong.

Here are the simple things I believe everyone can do. These are things that will connect them to this fascinating work and to Family Tree.

1- Learn how to Navigate In Family Tree. It isn't difficult. Getting a login is easy.

To get terrific help through watching videos you simply go to These are wonderful ways to learn. Section 3 is on navigation.

2- The second thing I believe everyone should do is check out their most recent deceased parents or grandparents, even a generation or two past that. See what is on the tree about the. Check out any photos or stories you might find. Look at the sources if any that are posted. Make note of anything you think is incorrect. Just become familiar with them. I think you will like this part.

3- Add a photo of someone to the tree. Right now you can only do this with deceased people Later a living section will be added in which you designate which of your family you allow to see it. Privacy issues restrict living peoples information. Section 6 teaches you how to add photos. It's quite easy.

4- Add a story to someone. You might have a story in your head that only you can tell. You may have a relative that has stories to be told. Put them on the tree. Remember, "when an old man (or woman) dies - a library burns. Stories are what binds us to our ancestors, knowing them is knowing part of our heritage. You add stories in the similar manner to adding photos. It is quite easy. Have I said that before? Sorry.

Leave me a comment if you want suggestions.

That training site again: 

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