This article is the third in a series on how family history consultants can get ward members started with their family history research. These articles are based on information found in a new infographic that was developed by FamilySearch.
Over the next six months, we will publish articles that focus on two or three steps outlined in this infographic. Visit this web link to view the infographic as a complete step-by-step process.
Step 5: Begin Adding Information to the Family Tree
Now that you’ve gathered some information about your family from home sources and from other living relatives, you are ready to begin adding this information to Family Tree. Be sure to have you’re My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together booklet with you, since it will have much of the information that you’ve gathered in one central place.
Before you begin, remember that information about anyone who is still living is safe and secured on the FamilySearch website. Your own personal information and the information that you post about other living individuals will be hidden from view by everyone but you. Only when a person dies and their death information is added to their record by you will their record be viewable to the public.
Step 6: Do a Search to See if a Person is Already in Family Tree
Before you start adding your information to Family Tree, go to FamilySearch.org and do a search to see if any of the names you’ve gathered are already in the Family Tree database. If they are, rather than adding them in again, simply link them to your own tree. By linking an existing tree to your tree, you will simplify the process of building out your tree and you help reduce unnecessary duplication of information.
Below are two links to some easy to use instructional videos that will help you learn how to use Family Tree.
Step 7: If a Person is Not Already in Family Tree, Add Them to Your Tree
If you cannot find your ancestors in Family Tree add them to your tree, starting with yourself and working back. Be sure to include all the information you have for each person. As much as possible, include the sources (documents, books, interviews, artifacts, etc.) you used to find each piece of information.
Below is a link to an instructional video that will help you learn how to add information to Family Tree.
In our next article we will discuss steps 8 and 9. In step 8 we will show you how blank spots on your tree can help you decide what steps to take next to further your research. In step 9, we will talk about how you can use FamilySearch.org to help fill in some of these empty spaces.