Sunday, March 22, 2015 The FamilySearch Facebook crossover you've been waiting for

Don't you wish you could use Facebook for family history? You can! brings Facebook and FamilySearch together. You can also invite family members to join your tree through e-mail or Google+. You can then use the tree to collect and share family memories on your own private site and with your family on Facebook (if you want). If you're a FamilySearch user choose "Log In" instead of "Sign Up" to build your tree automatically.

This site is a great alternative to the memories section of FamilySearch for remembering your living relatives (although it's a good idea to add memories there too). Because living people are private on FamilySearch, usually you are the only one who can see the memories you add there. That's great because those memories are securely preserved, but if you want to share them is the place to go.

Unfortunately, this website is still in the beginning stages and I've had a little trouble editing the tree and getting some of my family connected with their Facebook accounts. I'm sure the developers will work those things out soon.

MyHeritage also has family websites that are available by invitation only and have photo-sharing capabilities. MyHeritage doesn't interact with Facebook or with FamilySearch, but you could upload your tree and then invite your family by e-mail. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FamilySearch LDS partner access: Four free accounts for some of the best family history websites

Maybe you've heard about free FamilySearch partner accounts for members of the Church. But why would you need these accounts? What are these sites good for? 

Without further ado, here are the FamilySearch partners:

Ancestry is a records powerhouse for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, and many other European countries. If you have ancestors from these places, Ancestry is one of the best websites for you. There is also a large database of public member trees and online communities that can allow you to connect with distant cousins around the world.

As well its 5 billion records from all over the world, My Heritage offers a large database of searchable family trees with connected family websites that you can join and follow. This website will even remind you about your living and deceased relatives' birthdays!

This is a great resource for records about British and Irish ancestors. Many of their records are searchable on FamilySearch, but the images are found on FindMyPast.

This site is a new partner; I'm not sure when it was added. It's run by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and would be especially useful for those with ancestors who were early American colonists. There is an impressive amount of pre-1800 records on this site.

Click here to sign up for FamilySearch partner accounts

These accounts are only free for baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who are 13 years or older. You will need parent permission if you are 13-17, but I'm sure that won't be a problem for most of you. In fact, if you would like to be baptized, that wouldn't be a problem either