Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday's Tip: Use the Family History Guide to Learn Family History Techniques

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Use the Family History Guide (http://www.thefhguide.com/) to learn more about doing genealogy and family history.  This is oriented toward beginning family historians.

The Family History Guide (http://www.thefhguide.com/) was announced several weeks ago.  The home page looks like this:

There are two links on the Home Page - one for "Get Started" and one for "Projects."

1)  The "Get Started" page provides information about the Family History Guide:

It says:

"Welcome to The Family History Guide™- your family history learning and resource site. The Projects, Goals, and Choices on this site help you find your ancestors and bring their stories to life, one step at a time. Enjoy your family history journey! "

On the menu bar, and on the right-hand side of the page, are links to:

*  About the Family History Guide
*  FAQs
*  Computer Basics
*  Family History Basics
*  About the Projects
*  Project Resources
*  Project 1

On the left-hand side of the screen above arel inks to:

*  The Family History Guide Quick Tour (a video)
*  Classes and Training
*  Upcoming Events
*  About Us

2)  The "Computer Basics" page provides lessons on using your computer:

The "Computer Skills" videos are for:

*  Getting to Know Your Computer
*  Learn Computer Basics, Part 1
*  Basic Computer Skills
*  Mouse Skills
*  Glossary of Computer Terms

3)  The "Family History Basics" page provides information about Family History terms and concepts, FamilySearch, and FamilySearch partners (Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage and American Ancestors): 

For each of the partners, there are articles about "Learn more..." and "Getting started on..."

4)  The "Projects" link on the home page, or the "About the Projects" link on the menu bar, provides information about the 7 Projects:

The 7 Projects in the Family History Guide are:

*  Family Tree
*  Memories
*  Descendancy / Ordinances
*  Discover
*  Indexing
*  Help
*  Technology

Each project has Goals, Choices, Instructions, and Resources.

5)  Here is the screen for Project 4: Discover:

The Goals are listed, and there are links to a page for each goal.  If you run your mouse over the "4. Discover" in the menu bar, you can select a specific region (United States, Canada, etc.):

The United States page looks like this (two screens):

The right-hand side of the page lists goals for different record types.  The left-hand side of the page lists each state (link to FamilySearch), with links to A (Ancestry), P (Findmypast), H (MyHeritage) resources.

6)  There is a lot to review on this website - I've only scratched the surface here.  While it is oriented toward an LDS member just starting their family history journey, it is useful for non-LDS members - just ignore the LDS specific information.

If it interests you, please take the time to read the pages, watch the linked videos, try to work through a project or two.

Note that the Guide uses four subscription websites - Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage and AmericanAncestors.  LDS members have free access to these sites.  A non-LDS member would have to subscribe to them in order to use them.  They could use FamilySearch resources, which are free.

For an experienced researcher, the "Discover" projects may be very helpful to expand their research skills and knowledge.

I think that this site is an excellent learning tool for a beginning family historian.  The flow of the Projects is interesting - it starts with adding family information to the FamilySearch Family Tree, then Memories (photos, stories, videos, etc.), then adding Descendants, and only then getting into Discovering more information.  I can visualize a genealogical society Beginner's course using this as curriculum, but it does require a computer and enough computer skills to succeed online.

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