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Speaker offers tips on using FamilySearch website

Speaker Lynell Moss walked genealogists through the FamilySearch website at an ancestry conference.
Speaker Lynell Moss walked genealogists through the FamilySearch website at an ancestry conference.
Judy Everett Ramos

Family Search continues to update and enhance its website, and speaker Lynell Moss shared tips for successful searches.

Moss was a speaker at the fourth annual Arlington Family History Fair. She made the following recommendations to genealogists using the Family Search website:

Genealogy Research Wiki – Search for topics in articles, lists of tips, hyperlinks, and more. There is a search box to enter key words and there are boxes with links inside listed by topic, including “Beginning Genealogy,” “Find Records by Place,” “Research Tools,” Wiki for Groups,” Wiki News,” and “Build the Wiki.” There are more than 77,000 articles to help genealogists with research.

“The Genealogy Research Wiki is where rookies can find out how to avoid mistakes,” Moss said.

Learning Center – This section of the website has hundreds of free, online genealogy courses with categories such as “Beginning Genealogy Courses,” Most Popular Courses,” “New Courses,” and even videos from the annual RootsTech conference. There are courses offered in many languages as well.

Product Support – This section provides videos about how to use the various programs on the FamilySearch website, such as family trees, photos and stories, searching records, and more.

FamilySearch Blog – Bloggers write articles on research topics and there are more than 15 blog categories listed in the menu. This is also a place where FamilySearch will announce any changes that have been made to the website.

I check the blogs every day,” Moss said. “You can get such valuable information there.”

Moss said if genealogists still need help they should always find a Family History Center. They are located around the world.

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