"With this powerful tool, the site will automatically search for records that match people in your family tree. When you go to an ancestor’s page we will show you what we have found just for that person amongst our vast collections of records. That’s right—FamilySearch does the searching, and finding, for you!
1) On the Person Profile (I chose my great-grandmother, Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920):
Note at the top of the right-hand column - the box containing the "Record Hints." At the bottom of the box was a link to "Show All."
2) I clicked on the "Show all" link and saw more information about the six Record Hints that FamilySearch found for me, apparently while I was eating lunch, watching the baseball game, or napping, i'm not sure which.
3) I clicked on the blue "Review" button for the first Record Hint (the record from "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," and saw a comparison of the information in the Record (on the left of the screen) and the information already in the Family Tree for Hattie Hildreth:
Further down the page is more information, including the other persons in the marriage record:
The record above is for my great-grandmother, so I typed a reason to attach the source to the Family Tree, and clicked on the blue "Attach" button.
4) That took me to the "Attach Historical Records to Family Tree" and I can attach the information from the historical record to other persons in the Family Tree, her parents, and her spouse:
The process of attaching this record is relatively simple - decide if the record has the correct information and click on the "Attach" button between the two columns.
5) I attached the historical record to Hattie's parents and spouse in the Family Tree, and when I was done the background for all four of them showed green (meaning the record was attached for those persons):
6) I was curious to see what the Source looked like in Hattie's Person Profile in the FamilySearch Family Tree, so I clicked on her name, opened her profile, and scrolled down to the Sources:
I expanded the first Source in the list provided, and saw the screen above.
I was curious to see what showed up in the Person Profile for her husband and parents. Here is Edward Hildreth's Source list in the Family Tree:
There is the source for the marriage record of Hattie L. Hildreth and Frank W. Seaver. The title says "Edward in entry for Frank W. Seaver and Hattie L. Hildreth, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910." The same source and wording shows up in Hattie's mother's profile, and in Frank W. Seaver's profile - but it shows his name instead of Hattie's in the source title.
7) This process is very logical, but there are quite a few steps to it. I think that the many steps make the process an intentional decision-making process rather than a mindless "Attach" task.
I like that I can attach historical records to more than one person at a time - that was possible earlier from within the Search Records function previously (see Attaching Historical Records to Entire Families in FamilySearch Family Tree - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).
There is also the check step - the "Reason to attach source" box that should be completed each time the user attaches a record. Again, that makes the user think about attaching the record, and makes it intentional rather than mindless. I think that is beneficial to everybody!
I will write more about the quality of the "Record Hints" found by FamilySearch in a later post.
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