Friday, January 10, 2014

FamilySearch - New Indexing Website


FamilySearch recently released a newly redesigned indexing website at, and we invite you to come and take a look. This new website integrates indexing with the rest of, making it easier for indexers to know how to get started and find the help they need.

FamilySearch indexing is the volunteer program that has already generated more than a billion freely searchable names on Changes to the indexing program over time have greatly increased the number of records that FamilySearch is able to publish. Projects that used to take years to index can now be completed in a matter of months, and as the indexing program improves, the availability of searchable records will only accelerate.

Come and explore what's new:

  • Getting started with indexing just got easier. With an easy-to-navigate Overview page and an all-new Get Started page, the new website is the perfect introduction to indexing.
  • Looking for more indexing help? Check out the completely redesigned resource guide. Now called Help Resources, this page guides you to the help you need.
  • Find projects you want faster. In the old indexing website, you had to scroll through over 200 projects, now you can click on an interactive map and filter the project list based on language and country.

The change in the indexing website is just the first step in a total redesign and improvement of the indexing experience. The coming year will see the all-new indexing program become more integrated with, bringing indexing to your Internet browser, enabling indexing on tablet devices,and much more.

Join us at RootsTech in February to learn more about what's coming. Visit the FamilySearch indexing booth in the exhibit hall, which is free and open to the public, to get a hands-on experience with the new indexing program, or attend the session "Introducing the new FamilySearch indexing tool."

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records

This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.

Take a look at

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


FamilySearch Family Tree will be replacing in the very near future.

The purposes of Family Tree are as follows:

1. To find our ancestors.
2. To preserve our work for our children.
3. To reduce duplicate research and data.
4. To converge data toward accuracy!

Family Tree is a Source Centric Open Edit model.

To learn how to use Family Tree go to

Sign in using your LDS Account or FamilySearch Account.

Check out the Online Courses, How-to Videos, Guides and Manuals, Practice Activities, Handouts on Advance Topics and Webinar Classes.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 9 Generation Fan Chart

Another source for the popular 9-generation fan chart.  This site goes a step further and provides some additional charts that print directly from your information nFS.  Log in with your nFS username and password and the charts are free.  Choose from a 4 (great for newly called missionaries), 9 or 10 generation pedigree chart, 4 or 9 generation fan chart or name cloud chart.  You can also select who you want to start with.  Select a close family member or simply input the pid number of any individual in nFS.  Check out the charts at
Source: Logan Family History Newsletter Vol 13 Issue 1

Monday, January 2, 2012

FamilySearch Learning Center Midwest Series

Have an ancestor from the Midwest or just want to learn more about using census and vital records? The U.S. Midwest Beginning Research Series is a new online learning series available at the Learning Center. The series can help people start their family history research in the Midwest states. Check out all three lessons in the series today.
Source: FamilySearch - Dec 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

FamilySearch to Launch Major 1940 US Census Indexing Project

The following is by Heather Whittle Wrigley, Church News and Events

FamilySearch, in collaboration with other leading genealogy organizations, will begin publishing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census online for free on April 2, 2012—and tens of thousands of indexers are needed to help make the digital images searchable online.
Unlike previous census years, the 16th population census of the United States will be released by the National Archives and Records Administration in the form of free digital images. By law, census records cannot be released until 72 years have passed.
April 2, 2012, marks 72 years to the day since the 1940 census was taken. Census records from 1790 through 1930 are currently available on
FamilySearch will provide those images online to tens of thousands of volunteers to start transcribing the records so they become searchable. Indexers type information from the digital images into electronic forms that make the information searchable online.
FamilySearch expects the 132 million records to be indexed by the end of 2012, but meeting that deadline depends on how many volunteers work on them.
“We’re looking for 100,000 additional indexers for this project,” said Michael Judson, FamilySearch’s indexing workforce development manager. “It’s the genealogy story of the year, and there is a lot of interest both in and out of the Church.”
The 1940 U.S. Federal Census is the largest, most comprehensive, and most recent record set available that records the names of those who were living in the United States at the time the census was taken.
Many of these individuals are part of what has been called the greatest generation—people who lived through the Great Depression, fought in World War II, and lived throughout the 48 states that existed at the time.
Tens of millions of people living in the United States in 1940 are still living today, making the 1940 census a record set that connects people with recent family records. It was the first to record such interesting facts as where people lived five years before, individuals’ highest educational level achieved, and detailed income and occupation information.
 “The 1940 census is attractive to both new and experienced researchers because most people in the United States can remember a relative that was living in 1940,” said David Rencher, chief genealogy officer for FamilySearch. “It will do more to connect living memory with historical records and families than any other collection previously made available.”
Volunteers can help with the 1940 U.S. Census project online at