Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Updating a newFamilySearch ancestor file

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following may only be of interest to my LDS readers.

This past Sunday night found Ol' Myrt and Mr. DearMYRTLE online with other members of Second Life. We gathered at the Family History Centre there to discuss the process for clearing names for temple work.

Non-LDS readers may know that there are religious reasons why Mormons do family history research. In my case it was a joy to attend the temple in the place of my 2nd great-grandmother.

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purchasing genealogy software.
Now to avoid duplication of effort, newFamilySearch for LDS has the ability to reserve ancestor names online, and provides for a nearly immediate update once the ordinances have been completed. However, once in a blue moon, I am able to ADD information to newFamilySearch. See the screen shot below of RootsMagic whereI am about to share the missing burial place information collected in my personal research.

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The advantage of a full-fledged genealogy management program interfacing with newFamilySearch is this ability to SHARE INFO back and forth. newFamilySearch isn't a substitute for good, old-fashioned research, but it does serve as a place to share information in arguably the largest lineage-based genealogy database.

You'll notice that my RootsMagic database of info on the ancestor is on the left side of the screen, and that newFamilySearch is on the right side of the screen.

DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that I have received a complimentary copy of RootsMagic, but that is the limit of compensation from RM.

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

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