Making Family History Videos

DearMYRTLE’s very distant Cousin, Sweet Sadie, joins Cousin Russ in hosting this webinar as we look at various search strategies including the following websites:

  • Ancestry
  • Fold3
  • FamilySearch
  • The concept for searching a database for all possible ancestors, since you’ve worked hard to get the citation perfected. Then it is just a matter of copy/paste and a tweak to include the correct name for the ancestor in question.


19:00:41 From Debi Polen : Hello!

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19:02:17 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to _all_ regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.
19:05:28 From shelleymurphy : Good evening all!

19:07:40 From shelleymurphy : I typically have ancestry and familysearch both open when I am researching.
19:07:49 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Hi, Debi and Shelley!
19:10:28 From Molly : I like to have my genealogy database open, Familysearch and Ancestry. This helps me switch back and forth; if the question is not answered with one, I try the other.

19:17:53 From Dustin Austin : Yes – I believe it should! Follow the FAN
19:18:09 From Debi Polen : My DB has FAN Club members too
19:18:45 From Dustin Austin to All panelists : It REALLY Helps with DNA matching as well!
19:22:57 From shelleymurphy : Same here Molly!
19:24:34 From Susan Bleimehl : I don’t know what military unit my father served with in WWII and I have no papers from him, but in his best buddy’s obituary, whom we vacationed with as children, had a memtion of what unit he served with. Since they met in the service, I am assuming they were in the same unit and am currently persuing this line of inquiry. Without searching the FAN club and having him in my tree as a person of interest, I’d still be in the dark about a possible service unit for my dad.

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IMAGE: Robert Kehrer, Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch, YouTube video, ( : viewed 29 Jan 2018) Includes the following three segments with insightful search strategies. Robert is the program manager for FamilySearch “Search” and “Hint” features.

19:26:53 From Cousin Russ : • Robert Kehrer’s FamilySearch – Search from the FamilySearch Catalog

19:27:04 From Cousin Russ : • Robert Kehrer’s FamilySearch – Search Indices Created from Images Sets

19:27:10 From Cousin Russ : • Robert Kehrer’s FamilySearch – Navigating Image Waypoints

19:29:24 From Molly : By doing that, putting in Florida, United States, I found the death certificates for 1905-1939! There were browsable and I found my grandparents’ death certificates. It was a lot of work, but so much worth the time.
19:49:19 From shelleymurphy : Wow! two different records on the same day.
19:51:12 From shelleymurphy : Wow……wow…okay he made it out. whew.
19:52:01 From Debi Polen : Fold3’s search is not as robust in alternate spellings as Family Search / Ancestry
19:55:19 From shelleymurphy : I use fold3 all the time

To answer Susan Bleimehl’s question about finding military records, Sweet Sadie recommends:
20:02:33 From Cousin Russ : Jennifer Holik’s WWII Education Facebook Group
20:02:40 From Cousin Russ : Jennifer Holik’s WWI Books at Amazon
20:03:39 From Susan Bleimehl : Thanks, I’ll pursue those items.
20:04:04 From Deb : Her guy found the morning reports for my dad.
20:04:07 From Sherry Wilmes : Last week at NARA Washington, DC, there were more than 120 pages for my 3x grandfather and grandmother I payroll cards and pension file, The Innovation Hub scanning process will give my family an online record each can use to examine their story! I learned about that from Dear Myrtle and Cousin Russ. Thanks again to you and NARA!

20:04:30 From Cousin Russ : Randy Seaver’s Changes to Mining Hints by Specific Record Collection
20:04:36 From Cousin Russ : CONVERSATION CONTINUES HERE:

20:05:06 From shelleymurphy : It was good, have a good evening!
20:05:16 From Debi Polen : Thank you

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