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So I started on this "journey" in 2014...ok it was Nov...with nothing but a relatively good idea what my Paternal Grandmother's Maiden name was and a couple books and notes from family on my Maternal line... So I've had to depend on Census data (can I thank [[Dellinger-332|April the Great Greeter]] in a G2G post?) Birth, Marriage and Death records to piece the facts together one at a time...so yeah FamilySearch.
I was wondering if a few of you experienced Gurus might like to volunteer to discuss strategies for getting the best results and building those results into proven undeniable steps through the generations?
*For example, I like to find the Maiden name of an ancestor, and then enter the Man's name and best guess for Birth Date with 5-25 years range depending on how good the guess actually is...and my by best guess for place of birth. Do the same for Residence, Marriage, and Death then enter the Maiden name last name only for Spouse. Then I tweak those values with each search by adding and taking away different variables...ie. Spouse & Birthday selected and with Match Exactly checked on Spouse (Maiden Name)...then if that gives me too many hits add in Death or Marriage. If I don't get anything uncheck Match exactly or change North Carolina to Virginia or Tennessee...
Anyway that's the project I'm proposing is building a thread of tips and tricks for using FamilySearch... (ok *blush* I just want to pick up your tricks) But seriously. The goal is with edits and feedback and collaboration (see what I did there) to create a list of well written tips for using this valuable sourcing tool to get the most "bang for your buck"! (okay so it's free but you know what I mean)
Now how is this a project and not just a G2G blog? We come up with the absolute strategies and tips for using * to indicate the start of each actual submission and edit to fine tune it and make it look good...we use the vote system to determine which ones are the best of the best, edit out the * on the ones that don't make the cut, and come up with something so spectacular they have no choice but to create a new tab on one of the 6 foot long drop downs called "Strategic Edge". (okay I can edit that later).
Then next we might do a thread on Find-a-Grave, or Google, or even the public library... and it doesn't just have to be research tools. We can strategize how to lay out a profile so that you get the most data and the best look with the least amount of effort. End result would be kind of like an advanced help section for geneology and the WikiTree-experience. So anyway, back to FamilySearch tips.