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Navigating the World’s Largest Online Genealogical Database, Familysearch.org

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Saturday, September 09, 2017, 01:30pm - 02:30pm

 

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On Saturday, September 9, at 1:30 p.m., Brooks Memorial Library will host a 1 hour introduction to the  largest genealogical database in the world,  Familysearch.org.  Former library director and genealogist Jerry Carbone  will discuss methods and strategies to search the billions  of indexed and unindexed records as well as searching the full-text genealogical books and catalog. The FamilySearch database makes accessible over  5.6 billion names in the historical records; 1.2 billion browse-only records; and  has over 7.2 million users, world-wide.

The workshop will also cover the invaluable familysearch Wiki, which gives  genealogical research advice and  directs users to find the record collections in its 85,704 article encyclopedia.

 FamilySearch has announced that effective September 1, 2017, all of it microfilm distribution to FamilySearch History Centers will be discontinued, so reliance on the FamilySearch online database will become ever more critical for researchers. 

After his retirement from the library in January 2016, Carbone went on to earn a Certificate in Genealogical Research at Boston University. His article on Brattleboro personality, Edward Edwards (1816-1890), "Spiritualism in Brattleboro, 1886-1889:  One Man’s Contact with the Afterlife through Letters,” will be published in a future issue of “Vermont History,”  a journal of the Vermont Historical Society.

Location  Library Meeting Room
Contact  Jeanne Walsh 802-254-5290 x109 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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