Ancestral File

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Description and brief history of the Ancestral File product.  
 
Description and brief history of the Ancestral File product.  
  
A computer file containing lineage-linked names and often other vital information (such as date and place of birth, marriage, or death) of millions of individuals who have lived throughout the world. Names are organized into family groups and pedigrees. To allow for coordination of research, the file also lists names and addresses of those who contributed to the file. Ancestral File, which was created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is available on compact disc and on the Internet.  
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The information found in the original Ancestral File is now part of the FamilySearch database. It contains lineage-linked names and other genealogically important information, such as the dates and place names for the birth, marriage, or death of millions of individuals. Ancestral File contains submissions from all around the world. Names are organized into family groups and pedigrees. Because of privacy laws, personal information about living individuals will not be displayed.
  
Records in the Ancestral File were submitted by patrons. Most records were submitted before 1991. Submitters may be identified in the file, however the contact information may be out of date or the person may be deceased.  
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Records in the Ancestral File were submitted by patrons who often provided contact information. Most of these records were submitted before 1991, so the contact information for many submitters may be out of date or the person who submitted the original information may no longer be living. Because of that, some of the contact information may no longer be accurate. 
  
Data in Ancestral File does not include notes and sources. Submissions to Ancestral File may be merged or combined with information from other submitters. Additions and corrections to the data in the file are no longer possible. Data in the File is unverified and should be used as a starting point for additional research only.  
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Data that was submitted to Ancestral File does not include notes and source information. Submissions that were added to Ancestral File have been merged with other data files, some of which were submitted by other submitters. Additions and corrections to the data from the orginal Ancestral File is longer possible. Data in the File has not been verified and should only be used as a starting point for additional research.  
  
Each record in the Ancestral File is given a unique number, the AFN.  The existence of an AFN would indicate that some or all of the information came from the Ancestral File.  Note that unique numbers may or may not be a single individual.  However, the number is often useful when merging duplicates, because a matching AFN indicates a high probability of duplication.  Some genealogy programs, such as [[PAF and Other Genealogy Organizers|PAF]], can automatically merge duplicate AFNs.  
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Each record in Ancestral File is given a unique Ancestral File Number (AFN). The existence of an AFN in the source field of a FamilySearch record indicates that some or all of the information came from the Ancestral File. The AFN number is often useful when merging duplicate records, because a matching AFN indicates a high probability that the record is a duplicate. Some genealogy programs, such as Personal Ancestral File ([[PAF and Other Genealogy Organizers|PAF]]), can automatically merge duplicate AFNs.  
  
 
To access Ancestral File, either [https://beta.familysearch.org/#form=trees '''click here'''], or follow these steps:  
 
To access Ancestral File, either [https://beta.familysearch.org/#form=trees '''click here'''], or follow these steps:  
  
#Go to beta.familySearch.org
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#Go to beta.familySearch.org  
#Click on the Family Trees link 
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#Click on the Family Trees link   
 
#Type in your query - the results will include Ancestral File results
 
#Type in your query - the results will include Ancestral File results

Revision as of 22:44, 9 December 2010

Description and brief history of the Ancestral File product.

The information found in the original Ancestral File is now part of the FamilySearch database. It contains lineage-linked names and other genealogically important information, such as the dates and place names for the birth, marriage, or death of millions of individuals. Ancestral File contains submissions from all around the world. Names are organized into family groups and pedigrees. Because of privacy laws, personal information about living individuals will not be displayed.

Records in the Ancestral File were submitted by patrons who often provided contact information. Most of these records were submitted before 1991, so the contact information for many submitters may be out of date or the person who submitted the original information may no longer be living. Because of that, some of the contact information may no longer be accurate. 

Data that was submitted to Ancestral File does not include notes and source information. Submissions that were added to Ancestral File have been merged with other data files, some of which were submitted by other submitters. Additions and corrections to the data from the orginal Ancestral File is longer possible. Data in the File has not been verified and should only be used as a starting point for additional research.

Each record in Ancestral File is given a unique Ancestral File Number (AFN). The existence of an AFN in the source field of a FamilySearch record indicates that some or all of the information came from the Ancestral File. The AFN number is often useful when merging duplicate records, because a matching AFN indicates a high probability that the record is a duplicate. Some genealogy programs, such as Personal Ancestral File (PAF), can automatically merge duplicate AFNs.

To access Ancestral File, either click here, or follow these steps:

  1. Go to beta.familySearch.org
  2. Click on the Family Trees link 
  3. Type in your query - the results will include Ancestral File results