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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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Demystifying Genealogies and Family Trees on FamilySearch.org

To beginning FamilySearch.org users and even to the more experienced, it can be confusing to grasp the differences between the various types of user-submitted pedigree information on FamilySearch.org. So what’s the difference between the Genealogies and Family Tree sections of

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The Different Camera Icons on FamilySearch.org

Did you know that FamilySearch.org now uses two different camera icons to indicate if a digital record image is available for a particular record? You can see the two different images in the screenshot below, showing a list of some

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The Writing of the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org

I’m excited to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the past few months, the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and ShopFamilyTree.com. Writing this book has been an amazing process. FamilySearch.org has

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Why Browsing Images on FamilySearch Pays Off

When many of us think about our favorite genealogy websites, we think about the ones that allow us to search records easily—sites like FamilySearch and Ancestry.com that have great search tools. What we often (me included) overlook, are the records

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