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|
|23 Feb 2018 (3:00 pm)||FamilySearch Family Tree Q&A||BYU Family History Library Webinar|
|25 Feb 2018
|Family Tree Reason Statements Made Easy||BYU Family History Library Sunday Classes|
|11 Mar 2018
|Consultant Training: Family Search Basics*||BYU Family History Library Sunday Classes|
|25 Mar 2018
|Fast, Easy, and Fun: Give Indexing a Boost with Zoning||BYU Family History Library Sunday Classes|
|8 Apr 2018 (6:00 pm)||Consultant Training: Find-Take-Teach and the Consultant Planner*||BYU Family History Library Sunday Classes|
|22 Apr 2018 (6:00 pm)||Checking the Person page for Accuracy in FamilySearch Family Tree||BYU Family History Library Sunday Classes|
|10 Jun 2018 (6:00 pm)||Consultant Training: FamilySearch Basics*||BYU Family History Library Sunday Classes|
|24 Jun 2018 (6:00 pm)||Getting Started with English Research||BYU Family History Library Sunday Classes|
*Consultant training classes are open to everyone.
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)
The Power of Family History in Missionary Work (3 August 2017)
Safely Gathered In: The First Four Generations (7 August 2017)
Technology: A Heart-Turning Tool (12 September 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
Have you ever opened someone's Person page in FamilySearch Family Tree and wondered how trustworthy the information is? What are some red flags that indicate possible issues? This presentation gives tips and examples for checking accuracy of a person's information in Family Tree.
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 presentation provides tips for finding a woman's maiden name on the General Register Office (GRO) site from July 1837 onward.
This presentation explains how to use the General Register Office (GRO) site to find children who died between censuses in England from July 1837 onward.
Case Study 1: Untangling Wesley Jackson's Family
Case Study 2: Connecting and Correcting the Holtby Family
Case Study 2: Connecting and Correcting the Holtby Family, Continued
Webinar (coming soon) Slide Deck
This webinar addresses participant questions about FamilySearch Family Tree.
This presentation offers guidance for writing reason statements in Family Tree, including examples. Also included is information about a form-filler, SimpleFill, that can make adding reason statements easier.
You're probably familiar with indexing—transcribing data from historical records to make them searchable. But have you heard about zoning? It’s the simple, fun process of drawing "zones" on digital newspaper images for later indexing by FamilySearch. Learn how to get started with this valuable and interesting activity!
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.
This presentation gives a basic introduction to using wildcards when searching historical records.
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.
Learn about FamilySearch's new web indexing program, the guided tour, and how to index your first batch. Discover the many help resources that are available for indexing in English and other languages.
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.
This presentation covers record hints in Family Tree: where you can see them, how accurate they are, how to evaluate them, and how to attach or dismiss them. You'll also learn how they can help you find people to add to Family Tree.
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.
Looking for a gift for the family historian in your life? Hoping to inspire someone to get involved with family history? Check out this presentation for ideas.
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.
Learn how to get around in Family Tree. You'll see how to navigate in Tree views and on the Person page. You'll also discover how the Recents list works, and even how to navigate to a new page without closing the one you're one.
Webinar (coming soon) Slide Deck
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.
The Consultant Planner is a tool that helps temple and family history consultants help others. This presentation covers the features and functions that make this tool so effective.
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.
The Family Tree Source Linker let you attach Family Search Historical Records to Person pages in Family Tree. Learn the basics as well as some more advanced features.
Webinar (coming soon) Slide Deck
It sounds so good: run an app and find dozens or even hundres of temple names. But as with most things that sound too good to be true, name-finding apps come with significant downsides for you and others. This presentation illustrates how to find names without a name-finding app and provides cautions if you choose to use one.
Special thanks to my sister, Suzanne, for providing subtitles for the webinar!
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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