Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FamilySearch Records Update For This Week

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New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTFive historic Denmark Censuses, 1835 to 1855, were added on FamilySearch this week and millions of civil registration records from Uruguay. Many more records from BrazilGreat BritainPeru, and Portugal were also published. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Easily find and share this announcement online from the FamilySearch Newsroom.
Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
206,819
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
282,207
7,221
New indexed records and images collection
1,611,062
0
New indexed records collection
1,671,252
61,743
New indexed records and images collection
1,301,602
52,051
New indexed records and images collection
1,733,541
99,773
New indexed records and images collection
21,642
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
99,218
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
53,179
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
2,233,093
0
New indexed records collection

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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Change Coming to FamilySearch


 FamilySearch has another announcement this week. There are some changes coming soon, and I've heard from some that they might be here already. The basic change is that to get to many of the records, you will need to sign in with an account. That's the bad news, the good news is that the account is FREE and very easy to get. So, either locate that password for your account, if you haven't been using yours (like me!) or sign up to get one so that you can still access all the great stuff! Here's the full scoop on it:

FamilySearch Free Sign-in Offers Greater Subscriber Experiences and Benefits

Salt Lake City, Utah (16 November 2017), Beginning December 13, 2017, patrons visiting FamilySearch.org will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or sign in to their existing account to continue enjoying all the free expanded benefits FamilySearch has to offer. Since its launch in 1999, FamilySearch has added millions of users, billions of various historical records, and many fun, new features like Family Tree, Memories, mobile apps, digital books, and dynamic help. In order to accommodate continued growth of these and future free services, FamilySearch must assure all its partners that its content is offered in a safe and secure online environment. Patrons creating a free account and signing in fulfills that need.  (Find and share this news release easily online at the FamilySearch Newsroom).
Patron sign in will also enable FamilySearch to satisfy the ongoing need for user authentication. This authentication can deliver rich, personalized discovery, collaboration, and help experiences. Simply put, signed-in visitors can access more searchable content and enjoy more personalized services. 
“A large percentage of our current site visitors are not benefiting from much of what FamilySearch has to offer because they don’t realize the need to simply sign in with their free account to do so,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO. “They are basically arriving in the parking lot but not coming inside for the main event,” he said about website visitors who do not sign in.
FamilySearch is committed to patron privacy and does not share personal account information with any third party without a patron’s consent. 
See Registering to use FamilySearch.org for information about creating a free account. 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
1. Do I have to pay for a FamilySearch account? 
No. Your FamilySearch account is, and always will be, free. 
2. How do I create a free FamilySearch account?  
See Registering to use FamilySearch.org. The only information you will need is your first and last name, a username, a password, and an email or mobile phone number. 
3. What if I have forgotten my username or password? 
4. Will you sell my information?  
FamilySearch does not share your personal account information with any third party without your consent. 
5. How will my experience be enhanced?  
FamilySearch offers many services and experiences that are free but that require you to sign in as a subscriber to fully use. In addition to historical records and Family Tree access, signed-in subscribers receive personalized experiences, notifications, and other features (see above). 
6. Why do users need to log in to perform searches or to create a family tree?  
FamilySearch wants to provide you more access to records and a rich, personalized experience with more successful discoveries. By signing in, you allow the FamilySearch system to customize and deliver its best services to you. 
7. How will my contact information be used?  
  • Your information is used in the FamilySearch system to facilitate collaboration between users (you control how much information is shared). 
  • The Family Tree and Memories features display your username and any other contact information you approve when using select features. 
  • Your information allows you to send in-system messages to other users without revealing your personal identity or email address. 
  • FamilySearch will send you email and newsletters to keep you informed. You can specify how much email, if any, you receive. 
  • Your contact information is accessed when you contact the support group for help. 
8. Is there anything I can do without signing in? 
Absolutely. There are still a number of things you can do on FamilySearch without signing in. You can search the catalog, digitized booksgenealogies, the Wiki, and the learning center. You can also view user-contributed photos and stories.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Family Search Database Updates

FamilySearch had some interesting new and updated records this past week:

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New Historic Records on FamilySearch: October 23 to November 13, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTOver 28 million new historic records were added on FamilySearch from DenmarkEngland, and the Netherlands, as well as millions more from BillionGravesBritish Columbia, Canada, CroatiaCzech Republic, Ecuador, France, GermanyHondurasIllinoisIowaItalyKentuckyMissouriNamibiaNew JerseyOhio, PeruPoland, SlovakiaSouth AfricaSweden, United States, and Washington. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.
Collection
Indexed 
Records
Digital
Images
Comments
335,665
335,665
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
40,468
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
2,635,047
135,129
New indexed records and images collection
33,222
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
42,236
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
12,608
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
3,641,393
1,136,560
New indexed records and images collection
18,657,995
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
44,815
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
337,937
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
129,438
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
92,188
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
424,558
0
New indexed records collection
836,206
69,129
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
37,798
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
98,675
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
92,186
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
91,302
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
97,928
4,347
New indexed records and images collection
133,215
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
142,415
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
234,451
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
339,924
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
876
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
31,714
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
47,646
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
85,802
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
3,011,381
0
New indexed records collection
983,354
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
10,103
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
248,821
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
72,498
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
1,550
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
9,412
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
10,766
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
46,287
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
202,106
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
832,876
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
13,061
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
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.