Is Your Tree Well-Sourced? A Free Visual Check Using a Fan Chart

FamilySearch has a Fan Chart display mode you can use as a visual aid to see if your tree has source citations for each person. The tree is color-coded; the darker the color, the more source citations. This is a great tool to help you see which family lines need more research and sourcing.

 

FamilySearch family trees are community-owned trees that anyone can change. That makes one person's research vulnerable to the human error of all others but can also make for a better-researched tree with multiple contributors.

 

 

A Well-Sourced Tree at FamilySearch

This is my husband's family tree. The color key for this chart is:

darkest orange color represents people with 10+ source citationsmedium orange represents 5-9 source citationslight orange represents 1-4 source citationswhite represents 0 (zero) source citations

As you can see from his tree, most of his tree is well-sourc…

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How to Create a Free FamilySearch Account

  FamilySearch is the largest provider of free genealogical records in the world. They have almost 4,000 Family History Centers worldwide as well as a website where you can access more than 4 billion names for free and upload a personal family tree or create a FamilySearch family tree.  Some of the collections we list at OnGenealogy are from FamilySearch and while they are a completely FREE website, FamilySearch now requires everyone to register for a free account before searching any records.

  We'd encourage you to CREATE a free FamilySearch account and take advantage of this great resource. You can opt out of emails and control privacy settings and we'll show you how in another post.   Instructions for How To Create a Free Account at FamilySearch   1. Go to https://www.familysearch.org If you already have an LDS account, your FamilySearch.org account is the same as an LDS Account and you can use the same…
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#FamilyHistoryMonth Day 4 – Free FindMyPast Offerings

  FindMyPast is a family history company based in the UK and its primary focus is UK records but it also has U.S., Canada, and other collections as well.   FindMyPast has some exclusive images from UK parish records which are quite helpful if you have ancestry here. Some FindMyPast freebies include: Building a free family tree, you can import a GEDCOM file or add names one by one                         US Census records, including the 1790 US Census, 1830 US Census, 1840 US Census, and 1940 US Census; you'll need to register for free in order to see search results                             US BillionGraves Index, FindMyPast lets you search the US BillionGraves index for free to find an ancestor's burial site, which may include a …
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