Welcome! This site provides learning resources for FamilySearch Family Tree and other family history topics. Materials have been created to address specific needs, so topics are varied. More will be added as the need arises. Note: the tutorials and presentations below are best viewed in Chrome or Firefox. (Firefox sometimes displays an error message, but refreshing the page usually solves the problem.)
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Hello, and thanks for visiting. My name is Kathryn, and I'm a family history enthusiast, researcher, and teacher. Over time as I've developed presentations and tutorials, people have requested copies. This web site puts all these materials in one place for easy access. These materials are not connected with or endorsed by FamilySearch or the LDS Church. I take full responsibility for any errors and would appreciate feedback on any you find.
|Date & Time||Title||Location|
|11 Jun 2017
|Deep Dive: Tree Views in Family Tree||BYU Family History Library|
|25 Jun 2017
|Deep Dive: The Family Tree Person Page||BYU Family History Library|
|27 Jul 2017
|Answers Hiding in Plain Sight: Using What You Know to Discover What You Don't Know||BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy|
|28 Jul 2017
|Energizing Family History with Find-Take-Teach||BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy|
How to Find Your Helper Number
Sample Reason Statements
Understanding the Data in Family Tree (Short version; full version below in Presentations section.)
Learning to Hear the Spirit Through Family History (20 December 2016)
Listening to the Spirit to Find a Starting Place (2 March 2017)
(listed in alphabetical order)
Ever feel like you're looking into a genealogical dark tunnel, with no idea where to go next? Turn on the light by using what you already know to discover what you don't know. We'll see examples of how this simple but sometimes overlooked principle can help solve puzzles and extend your family lines.
Webinar Slide Deck
This presentation takes a detailed look at the FamilySearch.org web site, including the personalized home page, the five major sections of the website, and other options such as Messaging and Help.
This presentation takes a comprehensive look at the four tree views in Family Tree: landscape, portrait, fan chart, and descendancy.
This presentation takes a thorough look at the Person page in Family Tree.
Family Tree contains many duplicate records, but finding and resolving them correctly is not as simple as it may sound. This presentation explains how to find obvious and less obvious duplicates. You'll also learn best practices for merging duplicates so that information and relationships are not lost.
This webinar addresses participant questions about FamilySearch Family Tree.
It's easier than ever to attach sources to people in Family Tree. This presentation explains how.
This presentation has miscellaneous tips for FamilySearch and Family Tree. It was originally included as part of this webinar.
How do you create correct relationships in Family Tree? How do you fix them if they're wrong? View this presentation for answers and examples.
England—the land of Shakespeare, Buckingham Palace, and double-decker busses. Maybe it’s the land of your ancestors too! This presentation touches briefly on English history and culture, but its main focus is on the most useful records and how to search them. It also gives an example of tracing ancestors who emigrated from England.
This presentation covers basic concepts of success for using FamilySearch Family Tree. The live class allows students to ask questions and see answers demonstrated. Some of the most common questions have been added to this presentation, and others may be added in the future.
The Search function on FamilySearch puts a vast array of family history resources at your fingertips, including historical records, books, microfilms, wiki articles, and more. Discover what's available and learn tips for effective searches.
Have you ever looked at a person record in Family Tree and wondered where the information came? How reliable it is? Why some vital information and relationships are included, but others aren't? How to see a history of changes to the person record? This presentation answers these questions and more.
Find–Take–Teach has the potential to revolutionize family history in our families and local congregations. It's a powerful tool to help those new to family history find success. Learn how you can be a part of it!
Mental models—the ideas in our mind about how things work—often don't match reality. Still, we want them to be as close as possible. Originally given at an employee conference, this presentation explores two common but inaccurate mental models of FamilySearch Family Tree. It compares them with how Family Tree actually works, and suggests ways to correct inaccurate mental models.
What is the change log and what benefits does it provide? Learn how to make sense of change log entries, restore deleted persons, send messages to contributors, and more.
Adding sources to people in Family Tree has never been easier. This presentation shows how to find FamilySearch historical records and attach them to people in Family Tree. It also explains how to attach other types of sources, both digital and non-digital.
Are you at the beginning of your family history adventure? This presentation covers some basic concepts to help you find success. It's geared toward LDS members who want to do temple ordinances.
Family history is a spiritual work, so it's not surprising that the Spirit plays a key role. This presentation talks about how the Holy Ghost helps us in family history and provides examples. It also discusses the Spirit and technology, and how we can grow in our ability to hear the Spirit's voice.
Wondering how you can be more effective when you're the helper in a Find–Take–Teach experience? This presentation provides ideas and examples.
The timeline grid is a simple, unique research log that helps you track and use the information you find. You create it using a word processor or spreadsheet program. It's simple enough for beginners, but powerful enough for advanced users. More information is available here.
FamilySearch Family Tree contains information for over a billion people. But where did the information come from? The answer may surprise you. An accurate understanding of the information in Family Tree helps prevent errors and duplicate ordinances.
When you start doing anything worthwhile there’s usually a learning curve, and that’s true of family history. This presentation suggests ways to shorten the curve and prevent errors as you start working on your family history.
At a loss for finding names for temple work because your family history is "all done"? Learn how to reap a rich harvest through descendancy research. You will learn a reliable process, along with tips and tricks to help you proceed effectively and avoid common pitfalls.
|Nauvoo Times Articles on Family History (see March 4, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016; also Decemeber 10, 2014 and July 25, 2012)|
|"Truth From Elijah" (Primary Song) with additional verses|
|Children's Pedigree Chart (with circles in which children can draw pictures of their family members)|
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