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Caribbean Genealogy Library Upcoming Classes Focus on Using FamilySearch

The Caribbean Genealogy Library on St. Thomas (Source file photo)

The Caribbean Genealogy Library is offering two free classes throughout the month of June on using FamilySearch.

The Zoom links to the two classes are listed below. We hope you will join us along with general information covering frequently asked questions about FamilySearch.

Upcoming Classes:

June 11 at 5:45 pm
Finding Records Using the Resources on FamilySearch

Virtual Only
About: Many genealogical records are available online, but not all.  Learn how to use the resources on FamilySearch to find them! The focus of this presentation is to show researchers how to effectively browse the historical collections on FamilySearch, how to use the catalog to find digital collections not found in the historical record collections, and how to use the research Wiki to identify and find online and local record collections from various repositories. Presenter: Dana Palmer.

Join the Class 
Please join a few minutes before the start time, June 11, at 5:45 pm.

June 24 at 5:45 pm
Effective Search Strategies on FamilySearch

Virtual Only
About: Learn tricks to find your elusive ancestors in the historical records on FamilySearch. This lecture will help attendees learn tricks for finding their family in the historical records databases. The focus will include useful search tricks such as: a general search, wildcard searches, spouse searches, surname searches, given name searches, date searches, searches using other family members, parent searches, and a locality search. Presenter: Dana Palmer.

Join the Class
Please join us a few minutes before the class starts on June 24 at 5:45 pm.

Additional Information

Help spread the word: If you know someone who would be interested in attending these classes, please send them the link to the CGL event page where they can learn more and register to attend. These two classes in June are free to attend for both members and non-members. CGL Event Page

Learn about FamilySearch

The Caribbean Genealogy Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

What is FamilySearch?

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. They are a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use their records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 125 years. People access their services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through more than 6,000 FamilySearch centers in 129 countries, including the main FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What can I do on FamilySearch?

  • Explore around 18 billion historical records and images.
  • Search historical record images using the powerful Explore Historical Images feature.
  • Peruse over 1,500 free on-demand sessions from RootsTech.

What is a FamilySearch affiliate library? 

FamilySearch affiliate libraries have access to FamilySearch’s digital genealogical collections that are otherwise accessible only through a FamilySearch center. FamilySearch affiliate libraries help to extend access, particularly in places where there are no FamilySearch centers. Find a FamilySearch Center or Affiliate Library Near You.

On St. Thomas, the Caribbean Genealogy Library is the only FamilySearch affiliate library.

How can I access FamilySearch?
Visit: https://www.familysearch.org/

Is access to FamilySearch free? Does it require an account?

Use of FamilySearch does require creating an account. It is free to create an account, and once the account is created, it is free to use FamilySearch.

Does FamilySearch have records for Caribbean islands? 

FamilySearch has collections representing locations all over the world, sorted broadly as North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. The Caribbean islands are grouped under North America. Learn More

What can I see on FamilySearch.org at the Caribbean Genealogy Library, that I can’t see from home? 

On FamilySearch.org, some images have restrictions or limitations that determine who can see them or where you can see them. Without the necessary permissions, you might see a restricted icon and a message such as “Unable to Display Image Group.” In some cases, you can gain access by visiting a FamilySearch center or an affiliate library. The Caribbean Genealogy Library is an affiliate library. In other words, records that appear as restricted from your home computer are, in many cases, viewable from the Caribbean Genealogy Library because of its affiliate status.

Does FamilySearch have a help center?

FamilySearch regularly offers programs to help researchers use FamilySearch and with genealogy in general. In June, they are offering a “Juneteenth Roots to Freedom Live Series,” which focuses on African American ancestor discovery strategies. Learn More

Also, FamilySearch has over 2000 recorded classes in its learning center. FamilySearch Learning Center

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