How to Unlock FamilySearch Collections

FamilySearch is a free website for family history and genealogy collections. These collections are always free to search. Some collections are hosted by FamilySearch but owned by another institution and FamilySearch is restricted in how it can provide these resources to users. Due to contractual obligations, you'll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to view some of these records. If you follow the link and find the record is locked, login to FamilySearch on your computer and this may unlock the collection. OnGenealogy shares many FamilySearch collections for different locations in the world. Here are some of the different ways those links may take you to the collections. How to View the Collections 1. Some links take you straight to the collection 2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to find the link. Look for a camera icon in the Film/Digital Notes section of the catalog desc…
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#FamilyHistoryMonth – check out FamilySearch!

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               …
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Relative Finder from RootsTech 2016

Relative Finder is a fun, free genealogy program that's jokingly referred to as the "gateway drug to family history." Check it out and you'll see why: RelativeFinder.org.  Relative Finder is a genealogy program that was developed by Tom Sederberg at BYU. It's been around a while but has a new look and some new features and kids and adults alike love it! And did you miss the "free" part? It's free genealogy!!! I've created a short video if you'd like to see the program in action. Relative Finder shows relationships between users and other people, living or deceased. To use Relative Finder you’ll need to have a FamilySearch account and tree and you’ll login with your FamilySearch account. FamilySearch is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you can create free trees on their site (a word to the wise, your FamilySearch tree shouldn’t be your only family tree or gedcom file--I'll blog about another time.) When I login, Relative Finder will show …
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