Family Search-by Kathi Reid
The genealogy website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons or LDS is one of the best and most comprehensive genealogy websites especially as they put more and more of their resources online.
New Family Search Site
Recently been updated, but the older site with its unique databases are still available.
Original Family Search Site
Records from the original Family Search site are still available.
This file has over 35 million names organized into families and pedigrees. These names have been submitted by Mormon Church members, and are only as reliable as the person who submitted the file. The information has not been verified against any official records, nor are any sources supplied. Since the information in Ancestral File is contributed, it is the responsibility of those who use the file to verify its accuracy. In other words, use any results from the Ancestral File as a guide only.
Once you have the results from the Ancestral File search, click on a person's name and you will be taken to that individual's record. From here you can select his pedigree chart or family group record. You can also download a gedcom of the family to your own computer. Just click on the gedcom button to download to your computer. However, a word of caution, do not add this to your own family file until you have verified the data. Use this data as a guide only.
The best part about the Ancestral File is that you can find the person who submitted the file. Click on the details button after the word submitter, and you will find one or more name with addresses of people who have sent in this name. You can then write to the person, find out if the person is part of your ancestry, and be in touch with a possible person of your extended family.
International Genealogical Index
The International Genealogical Index or IGI, as it is commonly referred to, is a more accurate file. Church members have extracted over 600 million names from vital records throughout the world. You can also download a gedcom file from the IGI. Click the box next to the person's name on the result page and then click on 'prepare selected records for download'. This is the more reliable source for records available at the old Family Search website.
Pedigree Resource File
This is something relatively new. It is a lineage-linked database that individuals have submitted through Family Search Internet. If you find a match here, the information is available on-line. Sources are noted on the records.
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