October is Family History Month in the U.S. and OnGenealogy will celebrate the month by spotlighting a different genealogy website each day!
On Day 1 take a look at FamilySearch.org and all it has to offer.
FamilySearch is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is free for everyone to use.
Things to do at FamilySearch:
Build a free family tree on the shared family tree site
Upload a family tree you control but others can see
Search more than four billion records for free
Upload family photos
Search for photos and stories of your own kin
Upload stories and memories of your family with or without photos
Create free family tree keepsakes
Follow the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals. As I see offers on genealogy company sites I'll add them to the blog and share them on Facebook and Twitter.
Some free deals this week include:
AmericanAncestors free records access for their entire collection - create a guest account (remember you don't need to use a credit card to create your free account)
Ancestry.com free records access for the original 13 colonies - just create a guest account (remember you don't need to use a credit card to create your free account)
Free Genealogy Webinars
Legacy Family Tree Webinars "Canada's Top 10" by Kathryn Lake Hogan, free through Wednesday, July 5th
Legacy Family Tree Webinars "Censational Census Strategies" by Mary Kircher Roddy, Wednesday, July 5th, must pre-register (free)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars "Google Books" by Lisa Louise Cooke, Wednesday, July 12th, mu…
Here's a quick look at some Fee and Free Family Tree offerings.
Fee Family Trees and Limited-free Family Trees
I have a premium family tree on MyHeritage and with their premium offering I have multiple separate trees (one I uploaded for my family, one I uploaded for my husband's family, and one I uploaded for my cousin's take on our shared ancestry). I love the Smart Matches (tree to tree matching of ancestors), Record Matches (tree to record matches of ancestors), Record Detective II matches (the hints they send when someone from one record you've sourced to an ancestor matches info on that ancestor from another source at MyHeritage), and the Book Matching (tree to book matches-they constantly search online books collections for you). I have hundreds of potential tree matches at MyHeritage and thousands of potential Records Matches. I also have DNA matches at MyHeritage.
MyHeritage's tree only has the "ancestral view" which goes from the bottom (you or your ch…
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