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The Two Ways to Search FamilySearch.org’s International Genealogical Index

Since early 2015, FamilySearch.org has offered two different ways to search its International Genealogical Index (IGI), a collection that contains more than 400 million entries of vital events such as births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths collected since the IGI was

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The Value of FamilySearch Family Tree Record Hints

Earlier this year, FamilySearch.org added Record Hints to its FamilySearch Family Tree. If you’re familiar with Ancestry.com, then think of these new Record Hints in FamilySearch.org as sort of the equivalent to Ancestry.com’s shaky leaf icons. If hints are available

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How to Use Wildcards in FamilySearch.org Searches

Decades or centuries ago, when many of the historical records on FamilySearch.org were originally created, the clerks and record keepers weren’t perfect. The volunteer indexers who transcribe records for FamilySearch.org aren’t infallible, either. That means spelling errors will almost certainly

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Uploading Content to FamilySearch.org: What Happens to It?

When you upload a photo, document, story, audio file, or ancestor information to FamilySearch.org, you agree to FamilySearch’s Content Submission Agreement. You also agree that you have the appropriate copyright and/or permission to submit a photo, document, or audio recording.

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Top 10 Websites With Free Genealogy Records

Although my new book, Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, covers the records and resources available on only one genealogy website, there are certainly other genealogy websites that have tons of free historical records, too. Here are the sites I consider the

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All About the FamilySearch.org Digital Books Collection

Numerous books compiling town, county, and church vital records have been published over the years—and they are increasingly being digitized. You can search about 150,000 of these digitized books through the FamilySearch Books collection. Among the books you can search

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How to Decipher Handwriting on Digital Genealogy Record Images

When you find a genealogy record for your ancestor (especially one from across the pond), it’s exciting. But it also can be frustrating if you can’t read the language it’s written in or if you can’t read the fancy script

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