Friday, June 19, 2015

FamilySearch Family Tree Training Materials

FamilySearch continues to add training modules to the training material for the FamilySearch Family Tree.  In general, there are text instructions for doing a specific task, and also a video that demonstrates how to do the task.

The main page for the FamilySearch Family Tree Training Curriculum is:

There are green icons on the left side of the screen above for:

*  Mouse Skills
*  Level One
*  Level Two
*  Level Three
*  LDS Member Section
*  Android and iOS Apps
*  Instructor Materials

The Level One training materials are here:

The major sections for Level One are:

*  Getting Started
*  Basic Account Information
*  Level One Sandbox
*  Navigation
*  Searching
*  sourcing
*  Adding Information
*  Editing

The Level Two training marterials are here:

The major sections for Level Two are:

*  Getting Started
*  Level Two Sandbox - Part 1
*  Duplicates and Family Relationships - Part 2
*  Obtain and Manage Your Account
*  Family Tree Resources
*  Time to Organize and Make Decisions
*  IGI Sources
*  Sourcing
*  Collaboration With Others
*  Photos
*  GEDCOM Files -- Not Recommended
*  Solution to Problems

For most of the topics, there are "Hands on Activities" articles describing steps to perform the task, and "Short Videos" to demonstrate how to do the task.  Here is a screen shot of the text article for the "Adding vital and Other" in the "Adding Information" category in Level One:

The user can download or print this article for future reference.

A screen shot of the "Short Video" for this same task is shown below:

A beginning user should watch the Level One items, and someone who has been using Family Tree should also watch the Level Two items.  

Level Three is for advanced users, and addresses how to deal with significant problems in the Family Tree.

Like any other genealogy software program, users of the program should learn how to use it effectively.  This applies especially to the FamilySearch Family Tree since it is a collaborative tree in which other users can see, edit and delete the mistakes of another user.  

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