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START BY HAVING SOME FUN - who are you related to - also create groups and share with others

Use "Descendancy" view in FamilySearch - BEST
• Descendancy View – use instead of traditional or fan chart views - use for everything !!! - Start with Elder Moon's training site (to improve proficiency with Family Tree):

1. Level one =
2. Level two =
3. Level three = - when you need additional links of places to look for your ancestors

• Locations will help “see” and "hear" where your ancestors lived or died - GREAT
• Use "Source Tracker" for Census, and "Name Cloud" (for fun) 
• Print out your own FanChart in color
• Use in conjunction with Puzzilla and Rootsmapper AND as a “search log”
• Give as a gift - give family and friends a copy of their (or your) FanChart as a gift
• Laminate FanChart (or any fragile or special documents) – Search Social Security Numbers
• Follow the instructions, because it is complicated - it will take you 3 to 5 screens in order to get to the names you want
• International Directory of Search Engines by Country – GREAT RESEARCH
• Stories, Books, Newspapers, Genealogy links - great place to start research
• Use both (1) Individual, and (2) Family Genealogy searches (Located on left side of page)
• Rare Book Search will take you to “google books” (free) or (pay site)

Google Images = NOT throw away any old photos or documents)
• Upload a “picture” or document - One of the first places to look – but you will need to scan a picture in order to upload it
• If anyone is using that same picture (or document) on the internet, you will be given the internet locations – GREAT RESEARCH
• Many “personal” websites are too obscure to show up in a normal search
• You can eliminate millions of sites using this and find the little know websites you might need

Advanced Google Searches – EXTREMELY Good Help
(you might need to type “” to see advanced options, bottom right of the google page under settings, and then click on “advanced search”)
2. range = .. (two periods between a range of items, for example 1800..1850)
3. tilde = ~ (it is on the left of the one key on the keyboard)
4. asterisk = * (global character)
5. question mark = for just one character
6. delimiters = AND, NOT, OR, +, -, (many more = here is just one site that shows delimiters = “” )
7. site = site: (with no space after the colon, type the website address)
8. country servers = do a search for “google country” (replace the word country with the actual name of the country – then you will be in the “google server for that specific country”
9. google images = type in “google images” - (google now has facial recognition software)
10. allintitle:subject (then add additional words)
11. allinurl:subject (then add additional words)
12. allintext:subject (then add additional words)
13. link:subject (then add additional words)
14. related:subject (then add additional words)
15. view source – this is available from any browser, but a great tool
16. cached websites – use the “down arrow” from the google search – or try “the wayback machine”


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