Monday, 7 April 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: F is for FamilySearch

www.a-to-zchallenge.com
F is for FamilySearch.  F is also for my favourite word: Free.  FamilySearch.org is a site everybody should use.  It says it has the 'largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world' - and I have to agree. 

Current stats include that it covers 3 billion (yes, that's billion) names worldwide.  There are parish records, census records, images of the original record - it just goes on and on.   There is also a place where you can record your own Family Tree; it is the home of indexing (more about that in the letter 'I' blog post later this week); it's a place for photos and family stories; there are interactive fan charts and live help...

If you have ever looked at the paid-for sites and wistfully realised you just can't afford their prices, or even if you can afford them - use FamilySearch as a jumping-off point for your research, and as a place you come back to again and again.  Bookmark it - you're going to want to visit and revisit!

7 comments:

  1. looks like you have a focus for you A-Z challenge..making it even more ''effortless.''

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    1. Genealogy is definitely my focus! Thanks for stopping by

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  2. I seem to remember you from last year's Challenge! Nice to see you again :)

    Jemima
    #TeamDamyanti
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April

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    1. I went to the link you posted above, and it looks really interesting. New follower!

      Thanks for stopping by

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  3. I will have to check this out. I have my mom's records but my dad's is difficult-name changes and all that. Thank you for posting this

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    1. I would *definitely* recommend checking this out. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time there - it is so fascinating!

      Thanks for stopping by

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  4. I got an e-mail recently from the site I have my family tree at. Thought you might be interested. I know that these graves are a big part of genealogy records as my grandfather has traveled place just to see the tombstones himself. http://blog.myheritage.com/2014/02/myheritage-and-billiongraves-join-forces-to-digitally-preserve-the-world%E2%80%99s-cemeteries/?lang=EN

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