Friday, December 17, 2010

15 December FamilySearch Bloginar is Available to Watch/Listen

FamilySearch conducted an online presentation and discussion for genealogy bloggers and other communicators on 15 December.  The remote audience dialed in on the telephone to hear the presenters, and connected via Adobe Connect to see the presentation slides and screen.  The agenda was:

12:00 Welcome. FamilySearch Bloginar Overview

12:05 New Online Collections
Indexing Update
RootsTech 2011 Update

12:15 Next Generation ( Latest Tips and Tricks
November Upgrade(s)
- Catalog place search
December Upgrades
- New search forms
- Date context fixes
- Other search results improvements
Upcoming Changes (January/February)
- Filters
- Collection specific search
- Exact/close/partial controls

13:00 Questions and Answers

The presentation slides and the audio/video of the online demonstration of the improved FamilySearch website are available at  Here is a screen view of that page:

The presentation slides were presented by Paul Nauta of FamilySearch, but the audio was not recorded.  You can see the slides here.  The first slide looks like this:

The demonstration of the content and search capabilities of the improved FamilySearch site was presented by Robert Kehrer, with Jim Ericson moderating the chat area that had participants asking questions and making comments.  The link for this presentation, including audio, is here.  

I found the interactive presentation by Robert Kehrer to be very helpful in understanding the different methods to search and find historical records, Ancestral File entries and FHL library catalog items. 
Mote that this bloginar did not include any information on New FamilySearch.  Hopefully, when it goes live to the world they will do something similar to inform users of the Family Tree capabilities and usage.
If you have a spare hour to watch this, it should be worth your time.

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