There are many places that you can go to learn about genealogy. Your local library
or historical society can be a valuable place to start. You can even learn online
without having to leave your house. One of the most treasured places to start or
continue your research is through FamilySearch.
FamilySearch is owned by the Mormon Church, which is also known as Latter Day
Saints (LDS). They are the leader in collecting and obtaining genealogy sources
and have the largest collection in the world. The Granite Mountain facility known
as The Vault, contains over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and 1 million microfiche
and increases in size every year by 40,000+ rolls. The LDS Church is in the process
of making the information available digitally to everyone.
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The Best Family History Research Repository
They have several libraries that contain a large amount of their microfilms, genealogy
books, and family records. The
main Family History Library (FHL) is in Utah, where they have an extraordinary facility
with computers, microfilm viewers, books, and more. If you have never been, it really
is the place to go to do lots of research and learn in a facility that is equipped
to handle a variety of genealogical needs.
They realize that not everyone can get to their libraries, so they have extended
a large part of their collection to be viewable at local Family History Centers
(FHC) which can be found in almost every county in the United States and around
the world. You can view online what sources, what can be ordered, and viewed at
your local FHC. Both FHL and FHC's have experienced genealogists that will help
you with your research and educational needs. Everyone that works at these facilities
are volunteers and are happy to assist you.
Online Classes are Available When You Have Time
FHL now has classes available online, so you can educate yourself where ever you
are in the world (as long as you have internet access), at a time that is convenient
for you. They offer a variety of classes. All of the classes can be accessed from
the LDS website by clicking on Free Online Classes on the home page.
Help Make Genealogy Sources Available
Over the past several years, the FHL is using volunteers to help digitize their
records. They know the importance of making these valuable sources available to
the public for free. Anyone can contribute by becoming a FamilySearch indexer. If
you have some extra time, join thousands of others who have contributed to making
genealogy records available online. Thousands of records are indexed on a weekly
basis that can be used by anyone.
What is a Wiki?
The internet is very useful for finding information quickly. The way we use computers
evolves every year. People are uploading personal information on applications like
Facebook and Twitter letting everyone know what they are up to in real-time. A Wiki
is similar, in that you can find and add information in real-time.
FamilySearch is keeping up with the internet momentum by having their own Research
Wiki. You can find
genealogy research tools and learn information from a variety of
sources. Anyone can contribute or edit an existing article. To use the site you
can browse by topic or by country. Try it out, you might discover a newly found
source or you can help by adding a link they don't already have.
Add Sources to Your Genealogy Tree
Most people do genealogy research whenever they can fit it in their busy lives,
on evenings, holidays, weekends, and so forth. Whether you are a beginner or experienced
researcher, building a solid heritage with sources is essential to preserving your
pedigree. The information you discover can possibly be the legacy that you leave
to your relatives, and to your grandchildren, so they can pick up where you left
off with confidence, knowing they don't need to do the same research that you already
have done. They can concentrate on filling in the gaps and extending the genealogy tree that you started.
We can help you build a documented tree, by adding Family Search sources directly
to your personal website from our program.