FamilySearch (owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) has completely revised their website (https://www.Familysearch.org) to host all of their past and future online offerings. There is a wealth of FREE historical record collections on the site, with more being added every month as a result of image processing and Volunteer Indexing. The online Research Wiki, which replaces the paper Research Guides, provides educational material about genealogy research techniques, historical record collections, and localities (countries, states, counties). The Family History Library Catalog has been improved with links to online books and records. Many online Research Courses (video presentations) have been provided for continuing education, with more added regularly. FamilySearch Forums provide an opportunity to interact with FamilySearch and subject matter experts. The new FamilySearch Family Tree is now available to all registered users.
Ancestry.com has many wonderful features--a lavish buffet where it is hard to choose what to use and how to use it. Randy will discuss the effective use of such features as new or old search algorithms, basic or advanced search forms, exact or ranked matches, full names or wild cards, specific or all databases, restricted or whole collection, and site navigation.
5) "Growing Your Ancestry Member Tree" (60 minutes)
There are over 46 million Ancestry Member Trees with over 4 billion person profiles. They are useful as an online backup for your tree, for finding records for your ancestors, as "cousin bait," and to enable you to find matches with AncestryDNA. In this presentation, Randy will describe how to create a FREE Ancestry Member Tree, how to find pertinent records, add stories and media, sync with Family Tree Maker 2012, create a coffee table book, and much more.
6) “Finding Your Elusive Ancestor: The Genealogical Proof Standard, and Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search” (60 minutes or 90 minutes)
8) “Wikis for Genealogy Collaboration” (60 minutes or 90 minutes)
What is a wiki, and why do I care? A wiki is a website that permits easy creation and editing of interlinked web pages using a markup language or WYSIWYG text editor. Wiki software is used to create collaborative and community websites, corporate intranets and knowledge management systems. The origin of the word: "Wiki-wiki" in Hawaii means something quick and fast. The best online example is Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org) - the online collaborative encyclopedia.
In this presentation, Randy will show and demonstrate some of the currently available wikis for genealogy that permit collaboration on genealogy information and family trees. The benefits and drawbacks of contributing to, and participating in, collaborative efforts will be discussed.