Monday, August 06, 2007

Getting the FHC computers to sync with major websites

How is worked at our local FHC

So how did it work, setting up the four computers at our local FHC to access the free databases previously mentioned in DearMYRTLE's FINALLY, new databases are accessible through FHCs ? First, Ol' Myrt and all the patrons of the Bellevue Washington FHC wish to express a great big THANKS to Renee Zamora for blogging about this first in her article titled HeritageQuest at FHCs .

NOTE: When sitting at each computer, Ol' Myrt verified that each already had LANDesk installed.

These are the steps that worked on 4 of our most modern computers.
1. Pointed Internet Explorer to

2. Clicked on each item on the bulleted list:
· HeritageQuest Online
· World Vital Records
· FamilyLink
· Godfrey Memorial Library
· Kindred Connections

3. IF a link returned an “page not found” click the link to run the file found on the site labeled: FHCPortalCertInstall.exe and chose to RUN or OPEN when prompted. Also, this installation of the Portal Certificate only needed to be done one time on a computer because we noted that as one site became available, the others on the list were also available when we clicked a different name on the list.

4. Each website was tested to see if it was searchable, and if original scanned images would show up wherever possible.

5. A new “shortcut” was created on the computer desktop called “New DATABASES” and the hyperlink was to, providing patrons easy access to the portal page.

And THAT is how our local Family History Center opened up free access via FamilySearch on our four best computers.

NOTE: Three older computers wouldn’t work with this new system of accessing affiliate database websites. Ol' Myrt was so happy to have four working computers, I just didn’t want to bother FamilySearch Tech Support with the problem. If your Family History Center has trouble getting the new access portal to work, there is a support email and phone number on the above referenced website.

NOTE: Family History Center patrons will not go to directly, but will use the FHC portal at This page can be viewed from a home computer, but clicking does not provide access to the websites mentioned. Access is only granted to FHC computers. This means that free research on these sites can only be done at your local Family History Center, one of 4,000+ worldwide network of branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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