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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bits and Pieces from FamilySearch

For quite a while I could not get the RSS Feed from the FamilySearch blog to work for me. But then it was no trouble to keep up with the news from FamilySearch because it could be weeks without a blog post. Apparently, this has all changed. I am getting as many as two or three email notifications a day from FamilySearch. So, I thought it would be good idea to summarize a lot of the news rather than simply copy the announcements.

So, here it goes. This is a summary the past couple of weeks of email news releases from FamilySearch:

Nathan Murphy writes a post entitled "Judging FamilyTree Accuracy: French Canadian Immigrants." Nathan examines the number of duplications of his ancestors in FamilySearch.org's Family Tree program.

Diane C. Loosle Named Director of World Renowned Family History Library. Congratulations to Diane. She is certainly well qualified for the job.

The CEO of FamilySearch, Dennis Brimhall, discusses "Finding Ancestor Records Directly from Family Tree." I wrote a blog post about these new features and also commented on the FamilyTree search engine so I won't go into detail here.

FamilySearch Adds Close to 1.5 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Chile, Honduras, Jamaica, and the United States. The title to this post tells the story. There are always new records being added to the Historical Record Collections every week. This is getting to be difficult to comprehend, much less follow adequately. 

"What’s New: New Courses from Learning Services" is a post about new free video courses added to the Learning Center. Now, if we could just find the Learning Center, we would be in good shape (It is listed under the Get Help menu in the upper right-hand corner of the startup page). 

"Easy to Use Online Help for Beginners—Part 1" Steve Anderson gives us a preview of upcoming get help resources that will be appearing during the next few months. As he notes:
Over the course of the next few months, we are going to show you some great, easy-to-use places where you can get help with the adventure of discovering your own family history. With each of the websites we introduce you to, you will guided step-by-step by experts who will help make finding your ancestors exciting and fun. Each step will help you find new pieces of the puzzle that makes up your family’s story. With each session, you will likely learn something new about your family that you never knew before. So come along, and get started today. There is a great adventure just waiting for you.
Well, that sums up the last week of blog posts.  

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