Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family on the World's Largest Free Genealogy Website

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 270 pages
Author: D. McCullough
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9781440300783
Other: 2nd ed., diagrams, fill-in pages, index,
Publisher: Family Tree Books

Discover your ancestry on, the world's largest free genealogy website. This in-depth user guide, newly updated to reflect the site's latest developments, shows you how to find your family among the site's more than 3.5 billion names and digitzed historical records that span the globe. Learn how to maximize all of's research tools - including hard-to-find features - to extend your family tree in America and the old country.

In this book, you'll find:

  • Step-by-step strategies to craft search queries that find ancestors fast
  • Practical pointers for locating your ancestors in record collections that aren't searchable
  • Detailed overviews of's vast record collections from Europe, Canada, Mexico and 100-plus countries around the world
  • Tips for creating and managing your family tree on
  • A new chapter on accessing records in-person at local Family History Centers
  • Worksheets and checklists to track your research progress 

Illustrated step-by-step examples teach you exactly how to apply these tips and techniques to your own research. Whether you're new to or you're a longtime user, you'll find the guidance you need to discover your ancestors and make the most of the site's valuable resources.

Please note: This is a US published book, and many records mentioned in it are US related, but the content goes beyond just the US, and you'll find many useful tips and tricks relating to other facets of FamilySearch throughout.

1. Getting Started
2. The FamilySearch Family Tree
3. Searching and Browsing Historical Records
4. Searching Genealogies, the Catalogs, and Books
5. US Census Records
6. US Vital Records
7. US Immigration and Naturalization Records
8. US Military Records
9. US Probate and Court Records
10. European Records
11. Global Records
12. More Historical Records
13. Accessing Records at Family History Centers and Affiliate Libraries
Appendix A - The FamilySearch Wiki
Appendix B - FamilySearch Indexing Projects
Appendix C - Research Worksheets

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