Many of you use FamilySearch.org as a key research site. You need to know that it is going to be unavailable this upcoming Monday. I just learned from Thomas MacEntee’s Facebook feed that FamilySearch is going to be shutting down for a full day to do site maintenance and upgrades. If you were planning on doing some work there on Monday, you need to reschedule. And if you are teaching from it on the 27th, you had better get it on PowerPoint or make some screen shots ahead of time.
If you are not using FamilySearch to do your family history research, why not? This site is just as important as Ancestry with the added benefit that it is free. It has a huge number of records. Remember that no two databases duplicate all the same material. You will definitely find records in FamilySearch that you will not find in Ancestry. Also remember that there is always at least one person standing between you and your record, the indexer. Ancestry and FamilySearch use different people for this task. Even when they do have the same record, using different indexers to read the names and enter them into the system increases your chances that one of them will enter the name you are looking for with the spelling you are using. If you are curious, you can check it out at https://familysearch.org — just don’t do it on Monday!
vea/24 June 2016
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