Sunday, March 23, 2014

Making your email address "public" on Settings detail
One major purpose of the FamilySearch Family Tree is to facilitation collaboration - working with people we may not even know to document the lives of our ancestors.  Anything you add or change in the tree is associated with your contact name so that we all know who made what changes.

Your contact name may (or may not) be recognizable to others, but if you haven't made your email address "public" in your FamilySearch user settings, no one can contact you through FamilySearch.

Take a moment today to ensure your email address is set to "public".  Log in to, then click on your name (upper right corner, just under "Get Help") and then click the down arrow.  Select [Settings] and scroll down to find your email address and other contact information.  Click in the box at the end of each line to mark that item "Public".

While you can opt to show your full name, home address, phone and email address, at a minimum you should make your email address public. For help updating your FamilySearch privacy and contact settings, stop by the Family History Center!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free access to, findmypast, and MyHeritge

In February, FamilySearch announced major new agreements with, findmypast, and MyHeritage. In addition to accelerating the publication of new indexed collections on, the agreements give free home access to all three of these great sites for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Log-in access will be rolled out in phases over the coming months, so watch for updates.

The Family History Center will continue to offer all patrons free access to and findmypast from FHC computers. 

For more information about this announcement, see the FamilySearch Blog post for 8 February 2014, "Details on Free Account Access to FamilySearch Partner Websites".

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sharing is great, but not for FamilySearch accounts!

Did you know that husbands and wives each need their own (FamilySearch) login and password? Family Tree relationship connections are tied to individual church membership records. When you log in to the FamilySearch Family Tree using your account, you should see the names of your parents, grandparents, spouse, and children. For privacy reasons, you will not see details for living relatives (except birth dates for your children under 18), and will not see a married child's spouse or children, or your spouse's living parents or grandparents. Dates, places, events, sources, and photos are displayed for deceased individuals recorded in the Family Tree. 

If you don't see your parents' names when you log in to your own account, see the ward clerk for a copy of your church membership record to make sure the information is recorded correctly there.  If you don't see your grandparents and they are also members of the LDS church and still living, have your parents check their own church membership records.  

For help untangling your Tree, stop by the Williamsburg (VA) Family History Center!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Watch RootsTech 2014 Sessions Online

Watch sessions of last week's Global RootsTech Conference online for free! This is the world's largest family history and technology conference. It's for anyone from a beginner to an expert. So whether you are looking for tips and ideas, or a little extra motivation, check it out online at

Hear from internationally known bloggers Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) and Stephanie Nielson. See the Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, assemble and dismantle her family tree in her fantastic lecture about purposely and accurately telling our family stories.  Learn "What's New and What's Next" in the FamilySearch Family Tree from FamilySearch's own Ron Tanner. 

If you're an iPad user, check out Lisa Louise Cook's excellent session, "Become an iPad Power User".  Interested in Going Paperless? Watch "The Beginners Guide to Going Paperless". Or "Do it Yourself Photo Restoration" by the Ancestry Insider (without his mask!).  

There are 19 separate videos, and some of them contain multiple lectures.  World-class family history learning from the comfort of home!  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

FamilySearch Memories - much more than photos

FamilySearch Memories Landing Page
Memories are much more than photos! The Photos feature on is now called Memories. Upload photos and documents, record stories, and create albums about your ancestors. It's simple to do and lets you share your precious memories with all of your family.

So upload a photo, type a quick story, or create an album and save a little memory this week!

(And as always, come visit the Family History Center if you'd like some help or a quick demonstration. We love sharing memories!)

FamilySearch Memories -Documents page