You may have a family tree on another website or home computer so why make a tree on FamilySearch?
There are a lot of great websites and apps that pull their data from FamilySearch (as needed, only with your permission) so without a free FamilySearch tree, you'll miss out on a lot of family history leads.
For most people, the FamilySearch tree will practically build itself. You'll add your name and any living ancestors, then when you add your first deceased ancestor, you'll ask FamilySearch to try to find them and there's a good chance they will. It will probably take 2 -3 generations to link up to family that are already in the system and Voila! you'll have a free tree at FamilySearch.
And at FamilySearch, free means free. There's truly no subscription fee ever. Why? FamilySearch is owned the by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they believe it's their duty to help connect people to their ancestors so they always offer this as a free service.…
Tell the story of your belongings
Snap a pic and write up a story about the items you treasure. My 85 year-old uncle calls himself the "Imelda Marcos" of golf shoes. I visited him last week and tried to convince my him to move in with us, or at least move nearer to family. He said he couldn't move because he had too many "things" and he didn't know what to do with them. I realized it's not the belongings he can't part with, it's the memories. The stories need to be told. He brought out shoes and told me which brands were his favorites and which brands had fallen off in quality through the years. He told me stories about his french horns (he owns four). Stories about the art hanging on his walls. As we got talking I realized he really can't part with any of these things until he's told their story and why they matter to him.
One new company, StoryBarrow.com, has an app in the works that helps you do just that. It's a simple idea and can be done in your free time. If you're n…
October is #FamilyHistoryMonth
One quick and easy idea is to buy inexpensive, colored folders (these were 10 cents a piece during Back to School sales) and put the surnames you're working on in different colored folders. We mainly use the large storage boxes for our family history, but for the individuals we're actively researching and need handy, these folders are great!
Put paternal lines in the blue spectrum folders and maternal lines in the red (alas, no pink) spectrum.
Genealogy research isn't so daunting when you can find what you're looking for and pick up where you left off. Happy hunting!
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