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Navigating FamilySearch.org

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Holly T. HansenBy Holly T. Hansen

FamilySearch.org is a robust website with many different aspects to help you with your research. Not only does it hold data on ancestors, it contains educational materials for your benefit.

If you think of FamilySearch.org as a house with many rooms, it will help you move around a bit easier. Just think, each time you click on a main tab it takes you into a new room. With so many rooms, having a blue print of the whole house can be very helpful.

I have used FamilySearch for years—nearly every day. When I know something is there but I’m not sure where to locate it, I go to the blue print of the FamilySearch.org website. This is called the “Site Map.”

A link to the sitemap is located at the very bottom of nearly every page on FamilySearch. Here is the direct link https://familysearch.org/site-map.

When you want to find the General Blog or the Research Wiki quickly just go to the Site Map, it may be easier for you to find if you’re not familiar with how to find it. Spending some time with this blue print of the website can be fun. Click on the different links and discover some new and useful parts of the FamilySearch.org website.

You will be surprised at how many resources are at your fingertips. It’s a great time to do genealogy! Get busy and let me know what you discover.

With our “Research Like the Experts and Family History Christmas Gift Ideas Expo” coming up November 11-12 in Midway, Utah, I’d like to personally invite you to attend this event and learn more ways to be the expert with your family history research. Also, learn some fun ways to share your research that won’t scare everyone out of the house. Come join us for an exceptional learning experience next month!

Holly T. Hansen is the owner of Family History Expos and answers many of the questions submitted to Ask-the-Pros Q & A. Family History Expos sponsors online classes and live events where you can learn in-depth research skills from the experts. Holly can be contacted by email at holly@fhexpos.com. 

Family History Expos offers numerous products, books, video classes and research events for personal and in-depth learning. Check their offerings online at www.FamilyHistoryExpos.com.  

Register online for the “Research Like the Experts and Family History Christmas Gift Ideas Expo” https://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent/index/144.