Back in December I reviewed a new Genealogy at a Glance, by George G. Morgan, on Ancestry.com Research. Morgan now has a new guide, Genealogy at a Glance: FamilySearch.org Research. Like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org is an enormous database collection of genealogically pertinent family trees, stories, photos, vital records, and documents. Both site share a lot of information and collaborate in bringing many resources to their patrons. Both sites represent the two most used and visited sites by genealogists. Morgan’s guides are designed to help any researcher learn to get the most form each site. But what does FamilySearch really offer?

Here are some of FamilySearch’s impressive statistics:

Launch date 24 May 1999
Number of names in searchable databases Over 3.5 billion
Number of historic records published online each month Over 35 million
Number of digital images published online each month from original source documents Over 33 million
Number of searchable historic record collections online 1,363
Number of indexed names published per year Over 200 million
Number of visits per day Over 10 million
Number of visitors per day Over 85,000
Number of pages viewed per day Over 5 million
Page views since launch Over 16.6 billion
Visits since launch 712 million
Visitors since launch 308 million
Number of online indexing volunteers Over 200,000
Number of registered users Over 1 million
Number of family history centers 4,600 in 126 countries
Number of digital books Over 60,000

FamilySearch has 6.875 billion historic records on microfilm that are being digitized and eventually indexed. These records contain an estimated 20.6 billion names.

gpc3891This guide covers the organization of materials at FamilySearch.org, how to search the various records, how to read search results, and how to get more help if you need it. You cannot fit everything into four pages, but Morgan, like other Genealogy at a Glance authors, did his best to fill these four pages with as much as he could.

Contents

Quick Facts

Overview

Create a Login ID

Primary Organization of Site

  • Family Tree
  • Memoirs
  • Search

Searching and Browsing Records

  • Searching Historical Records
  • Search Results
  • Browsing Record Collections
  • Browsing Un-Indexed Images

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