How to Use Your Public Library for Genealogy Research

  Public libraries subscribe to online research databases in behalf of their patrons. Some of these databases permit you to access them from a home computer with a current library card and password while others can only be used onsite.       Online and Onsite Genealogy Databases Some popular library databases for genealogy and family history include: Accessible Archives African American Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by African Americans African American Heritage - primary source material specifically for African American family history and genealogy African American Historical Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by or primarily concerned with communities of African Americans American Ancestors - US Census data & other genealogy record sets America's GeneaologyBank - a library version of this historic newspaper site Ancestry - US Census data & other genealogy record sets Biography Resource Cente…
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How to Import Your Free FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest & Create a GEDCOM File

  Ancestral Quest partners with FamilySearch and provides one way to export a copy of your free FamilySearch Family Tree.   If you have a family tree at FamilySearch you can't download a GEDCOM file of your tree directly from FamilySearch but you have three options for creating a GEDCOM file so you'll have full control of your tree and which ancestors & descendants you want to have included.   This blog gives instructions for your first option,  How to Import Your Free FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest and How to Create a GEDCOM file at Ancestral Quest.    I wanted a GEDCOM file with ancestors through my 5th great-grandparents and all their descendants. My GEDCOM file has roughly 34,000 names and took me 12 hours to import & create. I did my imports in batches because I was afraid thousands of names all in one fell swoop would crash the program. Adjust these instructions as needed for your tree and personal circumstances.   …
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How to Manage Your FamilySearch Settings and Preferences

  This is a continuation of my post, How to Create a Free FamilySearch account. With your new FamilySearch login, one of the first things you should do is manage your FamilySearch Settings and Preferences. You're in charge of what others can see and access and who can contact you.   How to change your Password, Contact info, Notifications, or Preferences at FamilySearch. When you're logged in at FamilySearch, in the upper right-hand corner, next to your name, you'll see an arrow. When you select the arrow you'll have three options: Settings, Source Box, Sign Out   SETTINGS Select Settings to make changes to your account. The Settings Menu includes: Basic Account info you can edit and then save changes you've made Username Password Display Name Birthdate Gender Membership Record Number if you're LDS Helper Number - If you have problems with your account and call the help desk, they may ask for…
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