When your research takes you to a “new” locality, get oriented by studying that place in the Research Wiki at FamilySearch.
1. SEARCH AT THE COUNTRY LEVEL – The United States is just one of over 120+ national level FamilySearch Wiki pages.
2. SEARCH AT THE STATE OR PROVINCE LEVEL – Note the navigation categories below the Washington State flag include beginning research help; links to record types; references to the history of the locale, maps, migration routes; info about major ethnic groups; and lists of local libraries, archives and societies.
IMAGE: Part of the Washington State page in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
3. SEARCH AT THE COUNTY LEVEL – Remember Louisiana has parishes instead of counties. Note in this example from Washington State the extinct and renamed counties are listed.
IMAGE: Clickable map of Washington State counties. From the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
4. SEARCH AT THE TOWNSHIP OR CITY LEVEL – Some states like Virginia have independent cities that aren’t in a county.
5. SEARCH BY ETHNIC OR RELIGIOUS GROUP – perhaps Quakers.
The FamilySearch Research Wiki includes suggestions of high priority record sets even when FamilySearch does not have the records in its collection. Study the Wiki’s timeline of significant events in the history of the place, descriptions of the local court system and links to related training videos in the FamilySearch Learning Center. The Wiki indicates libraries, archives and organizations that may have resources for your continuing research.
The Wiki is not the place to search by an ancestor’s name, rather it is the place to learn about the locality where your ancestors once lived and discover surviving record sets that may mention your progenitors.
It will literally take you years to work through all the suggestions in the the Research Wiki at FamilySearch. 🤗
NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received by our friends at FamilySearch.org
Salt Lake City, Utah (20 February 2019), FamilySearch is hosting a free Chinese Genealogy workshop at the Family History Library on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. (MDT). The event is being held in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869. Many Chinese workers were instrumental in the construction of the transcontinental railroads. The Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Seating is limited. Registration is required for this free workshop.
Over 150 years ago, thousands of Chinese immigrants labored arduously to construct the transcontinental railroad—a historic connection of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads at Promontory Summit, Utah. Today, many of their Chinese-American descendants are trying to trace their roots back to China.
IMAGE: Professor Ava Chin
The FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop will offer hands-on learning about the largest collection of Chinese family history records outside of mainland China and present ways for Chinese Americans to discover and connect their Chinese ancestors.
Keynote speaker Professor Ava Chin, an award-winning author, New York Times columnist, lecturer and “Urban Forager,” will speak about her experiences as a descendant of a Chinese railroad worker.
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilySearch.org.
New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 28, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added new, free historical records this week from Austria, Brazil, Cape Verde, England, France, Italy (Mantova, Terni, and Vicenza), Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States (Maine and Missouri). (Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).
Search these new, free records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.
Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
We consider logical research patterns as one would transition from an Ancestry Member Tree to digital records on FamilySearch.org. Participate in an unscripted, open discussion hosted by DearMYRTLE’s very distant cousin Annie Oakmont.
00:40:54 Betty-Lu Burton: It also shows the Cousin Russ is aware that FamilySearch and Ancestry have different records group
00:43:44 Betty-Lu Burton: You can also look in the 1871 and 1881 census. Both would show the family he was living with, place of birth and religion 00:51:50 Betty-Lu Burton: The Canadian Censuses has been indexed just like the USA Census Records.
Betty-Lu Burton: Unless he came with his parents, their name would not be listed on his border crossing record
01:02:25 Deb Andrew: Just don’t ask Siri if there are any airplanes over your location!
01:02:51 Betty-Lu Burton: Do you know when and where he was married? Marriage records might give you information on parents
01:06:40 Betty-Lu Burton: Have you considered that Herbert’s parents were not married and McAlister is his mother’s maiden name or McAlister is his father’s surname and Johnston his mother’s maiden name
01:11:03 Betty-Lu Burton: You might try looking for Herbert in the 1871 census to see if he is listed with his parents now or with another family. This might help decide if his parents may have been dead in 1861. It would also tell you if he is still with the same family
01:14:21 Betty-Lu Burton: Modern gun hunting starts Saturday here in Arkansas
01:19:16 Deb Andrew: You had the most interesting Fudge Pie Recipe.
01:25:38 Betty-Lu Burton: Stamp number is the page in the book, the image number is where it is (the page) on the microfilm
01:27:53 Betty-Lu Burton: Could you have looked in the land records to find out when the land was sold for the probate and would not that give you a better idea of when the probate happened?
01:30:12 Deb Andrew: I put surname first followed by state, county and then date.
1:34:09 Deb Andrew: I had a grand uncle who had to register for World War I will he was at Wetumpka State Prison, in Alabama.
01:34:21 Betty-Lu Burton: The register of prisoners should also be in the catalogue listed as item 2 on the microfilm
01:36:09 Betty-Lu Burton: some of the microfilms can have several different items that are not related, but each one is listed in the catalogue with the item number. Or at least it was like this before everything was digitized.
Participate in an unscripted, open discussion in which we consider WHAT are our personal rules for genealogy databases?
DOCUMENTATION – direct, indirect, authored work?
GPS – Genealogical Proof Standards
ONLINE TREES – Private or public (if 90% sure of relationships)
CITATIONS – DearMYRTLE’s “Ragu method” (it’s in there), cite first
ANALYSIS – is helped when we transcribe and cite well
DESKTOP SOFTWARE permits multiple databases
BACKUP – cloud, offsite, external hard drive
COMPARING ONLINE TREES – Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, FamilySearch
19:01:47 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone!
19:02:16 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hello Everyone
19:02:58 From Melissa Barker : Hello Deb, hope you are fully recovered!
19:03:29 From Betty-Lu Burton : My son once said he wanted a garage full of antique cars, you know those older than 1960. I and the other lady in the car at the time were both born before 1960.
19:05:41 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : Old Alabama Family Photos
19:06:03 From Marian Koalski : Vegas?
19:06:29 From Betty-Lu Burton : I think any car older than 20 years is considered an antique
19:09:05 From Marian Koalski : I put possibles into my database with a first name of “maybe”
19:09:32 From Marian Koalski : That way I can see them as I research
19:09:55 From Marian Koalski : And I attach whatever sources I have to them
19:10:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : I put in the various larger databases I have received as well as the various family history books I have received as one of my sources. I then note if I had proved it wrong.
19:11:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : Some of these records are what others have used to start their research
19:14:51 From Marian Koalski : I don’t generally put “possibles” into online trees. That’s work, and I don’t invest that effort until I’ve figured things out more definitely.
19:15:34 From Betty-Lu Burton : Find them in all the censuses that they should be in, both Federal and State
19:17:51 From Marian Koalski : I agree, Russ.
19:21:14 From Marian Koalski : Yes, and sometimes I find an index entry for a name that begins with M on the page for C-names. Someone entered it but didn’t notice that he was working on the wrong page.
19:24:47 From Marian Koalski : You’re right, Russ, but this is in my Reunion database, which looks for a name anywhere in a name.
19:25:28 From Marian Koalski : Mine will read something like “maybe Richard Higbee”
19:26:09 From Marian Koalski : I do the ___ for names that I don’t know
19:28:49 From Marian Koalski : I don’t have a mike.
19:29:13 From Marian Koalski : Maybe my difference from Russ is that I don’t do automated searches.
19:34:02 From Marian Koalski : me
19:43:47 From Cousin Russ : FAMILY HISTORIAN 6 https://www.family-historian.co.uk/
19:43:48 From Cousin Russ : .
19:46:49 From Sue Holmes Burns to All panelists : I use One Drive for backups as well as an 8T external hard drive.
19:50:26 From Launa Droescher : I use to rotate Tape, then Zip backups. Some day I’m going to delete old backups
19:53:33 From Launa Droescher : that was tape in 1990s and a few years later zip
19:54:54 From Betty-Lu Burton : I know this is not correct, but it helps me to think of the cloud as the internet
19:56:42 From Betty-Lu Burton : because I have to use the internet to get to the cloud
19:56:44 From Sue Holmes Burns to All panelists : When I backup my family file I direct the backup to One Drive, therefore not a copy. A copy of that backup then gets put onto my external hard drive.
20:09:58 From Sue Holmes Burns to All panelists : I hate to admit this but I didn’t know where my brother was buried. Yesterday I got a hint from MyHeritage showing me he’s buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Quite a find and surprise.