Monday, September 7, 2015

FamilySearch Family Trees

If you have an account with FamilySearch, you may occasionally be frustrated with their Family Tree features. Last week at the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, Ben Baker discussed some of the common problems users have with their trees.

You can find the slides of his presentation online. He describes where FamilySearch Family Tree information initially came from and discusses the different collaborators who add information to trees.

Keep in mind that Family Trees are public and that FamilySearch actively tries to prevent duplicate trees. Your Family Tree does not belong only to you and does not necessarily reflect your own research. Collaborators are imperfect and upload incorrect information all the time--and let's be honest we make mistakes in our research too. But FamilySearch Family Trees are free (one of the few free family tree services offered anywhere online) and Baker's presentation offers tips to help you cope and fix some of your frustrations.

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