This is the fifth and final article in a series on how family history consultants can help ward members get started with their family history research. These articles are based on information found in a new infographic that was developed by FamilySearch.
This infographic provides 12 simple steps to use to help people with little or no family history experience begin gathering and organizing their family information. Visit this web link to view the infographic as a complete step-by-step process.
Step 10: Add New Information to Your Family Tree
Encourage members to add any new information they find to their family tree. Each piece of new information may provide helpful clues and will come together to create a fascinating story of their ancestor’s life.
As members do their research, ask them if they have any old family photographs or stories of their ancestors. These photos and stories are a valuable part of your ancestor’s life and can be added to their ancestor’s pages on the `Family Tree as well.
- Adding information to Family Tree
- Adding Photos and Stories to Family Tree
- A New Way to Attach Sources to Family Tree: The New Source Feature—Part 1 of 2
- A New Way to Attach Sources to Family Tree: The New Source Feature—Part 2 of 2
Step 11: Continue Searching for New Information
Introduce members to two the following features of Family Tree that will help make finding new records and information a lot easier.
Search Records Link
The Search Records link is located on a person’s details page. It will take the information they already have for a person and will automatically locate other records within the FamilySearch database that could be a match for that person. This link helps locate other records that may contain the names of parents, siblings and other relatives. This is a great way to begin filling in the missing blanks on a person’s tree.
Record Hints Link
The Hinting link is similar to the Search Records link but does more of the work for you and with a greater degree of precision. The results that come back from a search using the hinting feature are far more likely to relate to your ancestor with fewer unrelated records.
Step 12: Prepare Names to Take to the Temple
As you help members add new information to their Family Tree, help them identify individual ancestors who need their temple work done. There are 4 ways to see if there are temple ordinances that need to be completed. They include:
Green Arrow: See if you can spot a green arrow located immediately above a name on a family tree. This green arrow indicates that there may be some temple ordinances that need to be done for that person.
Ordinance Link: Click the ordinance link on the details page to see what work has and has not been completed.
Green Temple Icon: When you are in the descendancy view of the tree, a green temple icon will appear by a person for whom temple ordinances may be needed.
Temple Opportunities Link: After a member signs into their FamilySearch account, have them click the Temple link located near the top of the home page. When the drop down menu appears, click Opportunities link. This link will show a list of people in their database who look like they have enough information to be cleared for temple work.
In each of the cases above, it is very important to always remember to check and see if that person has a duplicate record in the database. If they do, that duplicate record may have temple ordinances already listed on that record. And check to make sure that each piece of information for that person has been well documented with reliable sources.
- Follow the Green Arrow . . . With Caution
- For Beginners: 3 Steps to Performing Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors