Genealogy: FamilySearch Workshop

While I am attending the Society of Tennessee Archivists Conference in Clarksville, TN, I thought I would blog about the class I taught on FamilySearch for the teenaged girls at church. I’m no expert, but I am really glad they asked me because, from this experience, I learned that if you know something about genealogy, then you have something you can teach to someone else. When you know more, you can share more. But, until you do, share what you know!

I connected a projector to my laptop, logged onto my FamilySearch account, then went through about a 30-minute demonstration for the girls.
First, we reviewed the homepage and clicked through the menu.
After touring the menu we went to the Photos tab and added a photograph.
We added the picture on the left of my maternal grandmother Emelia Marie Carrier.
Then we tagged it and connected it to my family tree.
Next, we clicked on my tree so that I could go through the steps of adding a person.
We added Archy Gillis (b.1785). I opened a second window from my database to access his vital information.
Then I checked for possible duplicates and showed the girls how to merge them. I explained that sometimes a duplicate is created by mistake as you build your tree. Sometimes, I think the duplicates were created as FamilySearch built new versions of the site. Sometimes a duplicate is created when more than one person is working on a line. However, one of the cool things about the new FS site is that mistakes can be corrected.
I demonstrated a search and a few other things. Then, the girls used their own usernames and passwords and got to work!
I circled the room and helped them, but you know the youth of today. They were off and running. This pair found a set of photographs that a relative had posted.
Aren’t kids just adorable when they are doing their genealogy? Thanks to the young women of the Rotherwood area of Kingsport for the invitation.

Feature image: My maternal grandmother, great grandmother, and great aunt.

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6 Responses to Genealogy: FamilySearch Workshop

  1. Melissa Barker says:

    Kari, first of all so nice to have met you at the STA Conference! I have followed the Kingsport Blog for sometime now and it was nice to meet the person who publishes a great blog! Second, thank You for teaching young people about genealogy. The hobby/profession needs young people!

    Melissa Barker
    Houston County, TN. Archivist/Records Manager
    Professional Genealogist

  2. Shauna says:

    Great activity! Thanks for sharing, wanna come to bountiful and do this for my YW? 🙂

  3. +Charlotte Dison says:

    Involving these young folks early in the fun of genealogy research is important.
    Great work! Is Family Search a part of

    • Kari says:

      No, Charlotte. The two are not related. FamilySearch is a free search engine/database for which anyone can create a username and password. You can also use it to build a family tree that will connect to other family trees around the world. FS adds new records every month.

  4. BarDee Gillis says:

    These girls are lucky to have you help them through this process. The age of
    computers have helped a lot. Good work Kari!!

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