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Technology has changed how we do genealogical research. I'm sure you've discovered how exciting it is to find a family tree record online and then organize it and share it with your family members. That's not to say that it's easy now. You do run into occasional dead ends or brick walls, but compared to 25 years ago, resolving those dead ends is much easier now than it was then. So it was kind of a way to close out my tutorial series on genealogy for lynda.com. I want to take you back 25 years to when I started my family tree research.

Goodbye

Technology has changed how we do genealogical research. I'm sure you've discovered how exciting it is to find a family tree record online and then organize it and share it with your family members. That's not to say that it's easy now. You do run into occasional dead ends or brick walls, but compared to 25 years ago, resolving those dead ends is much easier now than it was then. So it was kind of a way to close out my tutorial series on genealogy for lynda.com. I want to take you back 25 years to when I started my family tree research.

I started my quest by spending a week, a week at the Seattle Regional Office of the National Archives using sort of a hit-or-miss indexing system to try and find old census records. After scrolling through roll after roll of microfilm, I finally tracked down this 1920 census tecord from my great grandparents in Brooklyn, New York. I made this fuzzy-looking printout that's barely legible. Well, from this, I decided to go to New York and look at the records in the county offices there. I found this printout on their microfilm of my grandfather's birth certificate.

My dad got so excited about my finding this. So he encouraged me to go to Ireland and Germany. I found a small church there in Lavelsloh, Germany, where I could go through their original handwritten records. They allowed me to make printouts on their copier of those records for marriage, births and deaths. Well, this little quest got me a few snippets of information and cost a lot of money and took a lot of time. I have no regrets. It was an exciting process, but that was then, and this is now. This is the same census record that took me a week to track down at the National Archives office, except this one took me all of a few seconds and a few mouse clicks to track down online at Ancestry.com.

The image is much easier to read. I can see when my great grandparents immigrated, that my great-grandfather was a dairy products salesman and his 17- year-old daughter, my great-aunt, was a stenographer at a bond house. With a couple of more mouse clicks, I entered most of the data from this census record directly into my Family Tree Maker software. So no more marginally legible printouts, no more transcribing my chicken scratch in to computer files. Even that little church in Lavelsloh, Germany, now has its records online. I hope that your family tree quest is as exciting and productive as mine was, and that you have many opportunities to share your family stories.

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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree

43 video lessons · 6642 viewers

Jeff Sengstack
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  1. 5m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Why grow your family tree?
      1m 43s
    3. Workflow for growing and sharing a family tree
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 12s
  2. 39m 37s
    1. Installing Family Tree Maker
      1m 29s
    2. Introducing Family Tree Maker
      4m 38s
    3. Standardizing names, dates, and locations
      1m 59s
    4. Getting started with Family Tree Maker
      4m 50s
    5. Including source information
      3m 29s
    6. Adding more names: children, spouses, unrelated individuals, and parents
      6m 0s
    7. Inputting notes, facts, and media
      7m 36s
    8. Fine-tuning information
      5m 45s
    9. Viewing and printing simplified ancestor charts to identify gaps in knowledge
      3m 51s
  3. 16m 44s
    1. Going on a treasure hunt
      1m 20s
    2. Getting photos and documents onto your computer
      12m 12s
    3. Using DNA to trace your roots
      3m 12s
  4. 12m 56s
    1. Finding others who have researched your family tree
      5m 4s
    2. Importing family tree files
      5m 10s
    3. Talking to older relatives
      1m 1s
    4. Visiting ancestral locales
      1m 41s
  5. 24m 10s
    1. Leafing through Family Tree Maker's ancestry hints
      2m 44s
    2. Installing Family Tree Maker's viewer
      1m 34s
    3. Merging ancestry hint document data into your family tree
      12m 23s
    4. Saving documents and linking them to individuals
      7m 29s
  6. 24m 53s
    1. How the internet can help you
      3m 53s
    2. Drawing up an internet research strategy
      5m 28s
    3. Tips, tricks, and techniques for searching Ancestry.com
      7m 43s
    4. Reviewing the major internet genealogy sites
      7m 49s
  7. 48m 18s
    1. Associating place names with people and events
      8m 55s
    2. Adding, viewing, and linking images and media to people
      9m 41s
    3. Customizing and printing charts
      9m 34s
    4. Backing up, restoring, and exporting files
      5m 46s
    5. Setting the home person
      57s
    6. Finding relationships
      1m 19s
    7. Sorting children
      1m 1s
    8. Replacing terms
      1m 11s
    9. Making facts private
      2m 35s
    10. Moving data items
      1m 42s
    11. Reviewing data
      2m 7s
    12. Merging two trees
      3m 30s
  8. 7m 49s
    1. Creating family history audio recordings, videos, slideshows, and DVDs
      3m 43s
    2. Collaborating and sharing online
      4m 6s
  9. 2m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      2m 17s

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