Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 2013 FamilySearch User Newsletter

The following is from FamilySearch.

In this issue...


CEO Corner:
Website Enhancements Help
You Tell Your Family Story 

Stories have a unique ability to draw us closer to our ancestors and help us understand more about who we are.Learn about website enhancements now available to help you tell your family story.

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RootsTech Roundup

Now that RootsTech 2013 is over, we can finally catch our breath and see just what a great conference it was. We want to thank everyone who attended-and those who took part in this family history conference remotely. Hopefully each of you enjoyed yourself with some of the excellent presentations that were made. Full Story.

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Site Scoop:
FamilySearch Photos
and Stories

FamilySearch Photos and Stories continues to evolve, offering new and exciting features to preserve and share your priceless family photos. Here's a roundup of the latest updates.

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Family Tree is Available to All Users

After months of hard work, the enhanced FamilySearch.org experience has been launched to the world. At the core of the new experience is Family Tree, the future replacement fornew.familysearch.org. Family Tree is a single, universal pedigree that offers new ways to discover, preserve, and share your family story. Discover more about what Family Tree has to offer by clicking here.

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What's New: New Courses from Learning Services

FamilySearch is rolling out new product videos in coordination with the launch of the new FamilySearch website. These videos are less than 3 minutes long and show how a new user can have success using each of the new features of the site. The videos are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Look for these videos on the Learning Center of familysearch.org.

FamilySearch.org Tutorials and Guides

Getting Started 

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Episode 6: 

Locate Where Your Ancestor Lived

You may have asked yourself: "If I know an ancestor's name, what should I look for next to find the person's records?" Pinpointing locations can help you know where to look for your ancestor's records. In this episode, Jesse and Tom will show you how maps, atlases, and gazetteers can help you locate your ancestors. You can learn details about the difference between the three tools and how to use them effectively to improve your search results by clicking here

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Tech Tips: View a Family Tree Overview

Family Tree is where your family history comes together. The second step to getting started is to explore your family tree. Since researchers and volunteers from around the world are adding to Family Tree daily, some work may have already been done for you. Add missing names, dates, and relationships, collaborate with other family members, and watch your family tree grow. View Video.

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Fresh from the Vault 

New collections are added each week to FamilySearch. Collections that are marked with a camera indicate collections for which digitized images are available. Collections marked with the term "Browse Images" have not been indexed yet but are available for browsing. These collections include "helps" to assist you in narrowing your search down to specific times, places, and record types. Click here to see the new collections. When you get to this page, click on the Last Updated link above the collection dates.

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Partner News

FamilySearch is pleased to announce that RootsMagic is now Tree Share certified to work with FamilySearch Family Tree data.  ReelGenie is now Tree Access Certified.  "Certified" means the product is compatible with FamilySearch.org and has features that conform to our strict standards of quality. Discover some of FamilySearch's newest partners by clicking here.

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News and Events:
Genealogy and Family History Conferences

See a list of selected Genealogy and Family History Conferences throughout the United States and around the world. Learn about more great conference events.

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