Wednesday, January 10, 2018

familysearch tree

Introduction to FamilySearch family tree

What you will see when you sign into FamilySearch Tree

On the far left is the Logo
Clicking on this link will take you to the main page from anywhere it is visible.

Top right are three tabs:

The in-house message system for communicating with others working in the tree.

Shows opportunities for service such as indexing.

Get Help
Links to resources available to increase knowledge of the program and how it works. There are contact numbers to talk live with knowledgable people and also a chat line to get online help. The getting started tab in this drop down has information for those who are new and need initial help with the tree. There are excellent videos here and also in the learning center.

The other tabs on header are:
 Family Tree    Search    Memories    Indexing    Temple 
Each of these has a drop box with choices and will be explained in detail.

Also on the main screen on the right hand panel are:

 Recommended Tasks 
which are research suggestions on your family.

Recent people  
List of recently viewed people. Clicking on these links will take you back to that person. This is very helpful in quickly locating where you were last working.

and a to-do list for research notes and objectives.

Links to partner sites:

When doing research on family lines these sites have different approaches and records but some records are available on multiple sites.

This is an explanation of the tabs mentioned above on the main page:

Family Tree
There are five categories in the drop down box:

  • Tree - Clicking here will take you to the pedigree page. You can view your tree in Landscape, Portrait with 5 generations, a Fan Chart with 6 generations will show where there are missing lines and Descendancy views. These different views can be very helpful in completing your family records. The Landscape view is a pedigree chart showing 4 generations with birth, death and marriage info and tagged pictures which have been added. There are options for what shows here. The view can be dragged and changed in size. The next two generations can be viewed by clicking on the arrows. Each couple is listed together, with an arrow to drop down children list. Clicking on any person listed will take you to their detail page.
  • Person - Takes you to a persons details page. This is the area where dates, places, relationships and where most activity on families is conducted. 
  • Find - This will give a page where you can search for anyone in the entire tree by name or PID, the unique number given to everyone in the tree. Before adding a "new" person to the tree, this should be checked to see if they are already there.
  • Lists - Individuals on your watch list.
  • Family booklet - Way of getting started with your family tree by adding family members in an easy to understand format.

There are six categories in the drop down box:
  • Records - This will give you access to the original records that have been gathered for many years. These have included civil and church records from all over the world that were microfilmed and now are filmed by digital cameras by world wide crews. They were then indexed by volunteers to make them searchable online. This is an ongoing effort and new records are added every day.
  • Family tree - This is the same search as Find.
  • Genealogies - Access to genealogies that have been submitted for years by individuals.
  • Catalog - Takes you to the site for the catalog for the Family History Library in Salt lake City.
  • Books - Printed materials that have been digitized and available online.
  • Research wiki - A wiki that contains helps and sources that can be used in research.

There are four categories in the drop down box:

  • Overview - Explanation of memories and how to add them. Memories are Photos and Documents.
  • Gallery - All the memories you have added to the tree.
  • People - Pictures that have been tagged to individuals in the tree. Tagging identifies the picture and ties it to specific individuals in the tree.
  • Find - Search for specific memories in your tree.

There are four categories in the drop down box:

  • Overview - Explanation of the indexing program.
  • Web indexing - Portal to begin or continue indexing records.
  • Find a project - Projects that are currently available to index.
  • Help - Answers to questions that come up while indexing.

Person Page
This is the work area on the tree. Information on living people is only available to the person who added it. In order for info on living people to appear it needs to be added such as parents and grandparents, if they are living. Spouse info will also need to be added if you want the complete pedigree to show. It will only need to be added once. All the information on a person and family are accessed from here. The headings that appear here are as follows:

  • Memories - This is a link to Memories.
  • Details - This page is where a person's life is displayed as follows:
  1. Vitals - Birth, death and burial dates and places are recorded here.
  2. Other - Other useful information is contained here. Residence information from sources is placed here by the program and can also be added manually. There are numerous other items that can be chosen from a dialog box and added as needed such as alternate names.
  3. Family - This area shows three generations: The person whose page this is, is bolded and parents with siblings on the right side and spouses and children on the left side.
  4. Sources - The source information that has been gathered for this person. When a source is added it is placed here by the program automatically. It is easy to add sources. Even when there are multiple persons on a record, such as a census record. It is possible to add the source to all of them from the same screen. When there are multiple spouses it is a little more complicated. You need to change the main person or the spouse to get the record attached to all the people listed, such as stepchildren.
  5. Discussions - Place for conversations on collaborating on this person's records.
  6. Notes - Place for notes on person.

Also on this page on the right panel are these Boxes:

  1. Research Help - Suggestions and possible problems with the data are shown here. The hints that are given are from records that are possible sources for this person. Clicking on the link will take you to a page where the source can be viewed and linked if it applies. Only three will be displayed but the complete list can be shown by clicking on Show Details.
  2. Search - Link to extracted records that can searched online from FamilySearch and the three other partner sites. These are available at no cost to LDS members. It is possible to go directly to each site from this page and back again without losing where you were, because the other sites will open in a new browser window. Some info will be the same but the formats and search engines will bring up different records, which makes it valuable to use them all. The vital info on the person you are working on will be automatically used in the search.
  3. Print - Various options to print the vital information on a person or family.
  4. Latest Changes - This is a change log that shows all the transactions and who made them from the time the data was transferred from NFS. These may be very short or many page long, and can be useful to see the history of the records.
  5. Tools - Living persons have a different choice here. For deceased persons possible duplicates makes it possible to combine two records that are the same person with two different PID numbers. This searches for duplicates in the records but only finds those that are very closely matched. The best method to insure that there are no duplicates is to use the Find function as explained above. This is quite broad and will show many more potential matches. You can  look through the list and see if there are any that could be potential duplicates. If so you can copy the PID number for the other record and use the merge by PID number option on the possible duplicates page.

Monday, March 27, 2017

A modest proposal for healthcare

Health Maintenance Plan

In the debate surrounding health insurance the focus needs to be on Health. The following is a suggestion on improving general health of the populace and thus reducing costs:

Everyone gets a free physical with their physician yearly in birth month
During that visit there will be a survey completed to include
relevant health information such as:

Sex with multiple partners
Alcohol use
Pain Medication
Cholesterol Levels
Blood pressure
Blood sugar
Sun exposure
Other risky behaviors

Each item will have a ten point score and when combined will give
a total overall health score

That score could be linked to SS# in national dbase for use by
insurers to determine rates for the individual

There will be an incentive to reduce risky behavior because the scores will be lower
for those who are healthy and those who are living healthy lives
and thus premiums will be lower fo them

In addition the cost of care needs to be reduced by limiting the cost of drugs
that will be reimbursed. If no one will pay for a drug, the maker will
be forced to price the drug fairly

Overall care cost will be reduced as the population's health improves by
yearly monitoring and health suggestions by providers

The coding system for digital records is out of hand and needs to be
simplified, not made more difficult

For this plan to work all must have insurance to be seen by a provider
or hospital and thus will require some type or finacial

assistance for some to be insured

Monday, November 28, 2016

County Election Results as of Nov 15th

Electoral College

The Electoral College is a unique method for indirectly electing the president of the United States. It was established by Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution and modified by the 12th and 23rd Amendments.
The Electoral College consists of a total of 538 members, one for each U.S. senator and representative, and three additional electors representing the District of Columbia. Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to the combined total of its congressional delegation, and each state legislature is free to determine the method it will use to select its own electors. This year the vote will be counted in joint session on January 6th.

There are 3143 counties or equivalent in the U.S.

What if ?

Each county were to get one vote in the electoral college: Trump wins 2623 to 487

Each Senator got one vote: Trump wins 62 to 38

Each Governor got one vote: Trump wins 31 to 19

The actual count will not be known until Jan 6th but unofficially is Trump with 279 votes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

What is the value of work?

In an ideal world all work would be viewed the same way. But increasingly there is a hierchy of pay based on the perceived value of that work. At one time garbage was picked up by picking up cans and manually dumping them into the back of a compaction truck. That process has evolved to where the cans are emptied by the truck driver from the comfort of the cab. The result is the same but the effort is vastly different and the pay has also changed. Some of our most important public servants are paid less than those in entertainment and sports. Leaders of industry are also paid in excess of what is reasonable. Raising the minimum wage is not the answer. There are jobs that require so little training that they are paid commensurate and are intended for younger persons just getting started with their work experience. Increasingly, education is the key to prosperity and will continue to be the case. I have worked in construction all my life, despite a college degree. What was once e tedious task of carving a curved rail part can now be done, by what is essentially a robot, a computer controlled carving machine. That requires a person who can program the computer to successfully perform the task in a matter of minutes. Technology is fast changing our lives in numerous ways and will only accelerate in the future. Those who are intending to enter the work force need to prepare to fill a need by educating themselves in the many ways available to us now.

Friday, February 7, 2014

News from Rootstech

FamilySearch  has released more details of its collaboration with commercial partners:

“Working with individual industry leaders such as,, findmypast, Fold3, and MyHeritage will also increase and broaden access to the records FamilySearch has already published online,” said the announcement. Publication of these records on multiple websites removes barriers to family history research. The records on and are available free to the general public in the 4,715 local FamilySearch-owned family history centers worldwide. “They will be available…free on,, or to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” FamilySearch said. “Additional details regarding expanded records access will be announced sometime in 2014.”

Church's Works to Put World’s Historical Records Online in One Generation teams with major genealogy companies to index billions of records

Salt Lake City — 
The largest family history conference in the U.S. starts this week (5-8 February) in Salt Lake City. RootsTech 2014 offers explanation and application through presentations and activities, helping people of all ages discover and share family information through technology. cosponsors the worldwide family history event and will feature information about a monumental collaborative effort to make available online 5.3 billion historic records from around the world, such as birth, death and census records.
FamilySearch, with the help of countless volunteers, has already archived, preserved and made available online through indexing more than three billion names, a process that has taken 100 years to accomplish. To digitize and index 5.3 billion more names would take FamilySearch volunteer indexers up to 300 years to complete at the current rate.
“That means you and me and the next 10 generations of our posterity would not live to personally benefit from them,” said FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall. “We can do significantly better by working together with other organizations and as a community.”
Working with, findmypast and MyHeritage, indexing those names can be accurately recorded in a generation, or 20 to 30 years.
Gathering such information across the world’s records and employing the world’s technological capabilities could eventually document a significant portion of the 28 billion people who have populated the earth since A.D. 1500.
More details on how this can be accomplished will be presented by at RootsTech 2014.
Now in its fourth year, the family history technology conference will also feature over 200 courses, notable guest presenters and approximately 11,000 participants from 46 states and 21 countries, with another 20,000 joining remotely online at The event runs 5-8 February 2014 and will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center.
In addition, the Innovator Summit held on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, focuses on the rapidly expanding technology related to family history research activities and is primarily available to software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders.
Registration information is available at Single-day or all-conference passes are available, including passes for a special Family Discovery Day on 8 February.
Dan Martinez, conference director, defines the innovative gathering as a “creative national forum for development of family history-related technology. The conference links such technology with prospective end users in an effort to promote innovative consumer participation.”
Partnering technology with exploration is a natural in today’s sophisticated family history world. Discovering individual stories, both histories of ancestors or contemporary tales, has become a simple task with the increasing capabilities of technological advances. The ability to record and share such stories and family memories is expanding as websites, apps, blogs and social media communications proliferate.
The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, keynotes the conference. Recognized as one of the country’s top 25 bloggers, Drummond also authors cookbooks and hosts a television show.
“I love sharing stories about my family and my experiences on the ranch,” the well-known author states, “so I’m really excited to be part of RootsTech this year. It’s all about ways to share family stories and strengthen family communications.”
Other featured speakers include Stephanie Nielsen, who maintains a popular family blog, NieNieDialogues; Dr. Spencer Wells, director of the National Geographic genographic project; Todd Hansen, host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Story Trek; Anneleis van den Bell, CEO of DC Thomson Family History and host of over 1.8 billion genealogical records across several Internet brands; and Judy Russell, a certified genealogist and attorney who writes the Legal Genealogist blog.
Chris Dancy, known as the “world’s most quantified man” and chief technology officer at BMC Software, will keynote the Innovator Summit.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Historic collaboration begins

DC Thomson Family History and to Make Billions of Records Available for People to Search

October 16, 2013

DC Thomson


DC Thomson Family History and to make billions of records available for people to search

More than 13 million records launched today on

LONDON, England and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--Annelies van den Belt, the new CEO of DC Thomson Family History, the British-based leader in online family history and owner of findmypast and Genes Reunited, has announced a major new partnership with US-based that will give family history enthusiasts access to billions of records online and new technology to collaboratively research their family roots.

DC Thomson Family History, formerly known as brightsolid online publishing, is collaborating with FamilySearch, which has the largest collections of genealogical and historical records in the world, to deliver a wide range of projects including digital preservation, records search, technological development and the means to allow family historians to share their discoveries.

More than 13 million records from launched today on, including major collections of births, marriages and deaths covering America, Australia, and Ireland. Around 600 additional collections, containing millions of records, will follow.

The two organisations have a long history of working together on historical projects, including indexing 132 million records of the 1940 US census and two hundred years of British Army Service Records (Chelsea Pensioners) in a joint digitisation project with The National Archives.

Van den Belt said: “This is fantastic news for our customers all over the world. As a leader in online family history we will be able to offer access to a much wider variety of records dating back hundreds of years and the first batch are ready to search on findmypast. The convenience of searching many treasures from along with our own extensive collections will provide rich new insights for our customers.

“This partnership with FamilySearch will accelerate the momentum of our next phase of global growth into new non-English-speaking markets and give more people more access to more records to uncover their family history. This really cements our position as a market leader.”

“We are excited to work with DC Thompson Family History on a vision we both share,” said Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch. “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.”

DC Thomson Family History is the British-based leader in online family history, which operates major online sites including findmypast, Genes Reunited and the British Newspaper Archive. It launched in America last year with its findmypast brand.

DC Thomson Family History has a strong record of partnerships with non-profit and public sector organisations such as the British Library and The National Archives among many other major archives and organisations around the world.