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Using FamilySearch
Thursday, June 20
Using FamilySearch  (Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Round Rock Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664 Room A
 
Using FamilySearch
presented by
Alan Rabe
 
FamilySearch—the free site we all should use
Why use FamilySearch--because it is the largest shared tree in the world.  Who are you related to at the WCGS meeting?  How many presidents are you related to?  These are easy questions that will be demonstrated.  Do you have a DNA match to someone on Ancestry, but cannot figure out how you are related?  Then find their relatives in FamilySearch and click on View My Relationship.  Learn tips on how to work with a shared tree including life sketch, Discussions and Notes and the merging process.  See how easy it is to find and add sources using the Collections tab.  Understand the two main sources of information in FamilySearch—the tree and the catalog and how they differ.
 
 
 
Biographical Information:
Graduate of Brigham Young University with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering
Worked at nuclear power plants and was responsible for document control and procedure processes at the 4th largest utility in US. 
 
Alan is the Family History Center Director for Georgetown. Was responsible for volunteer indexing efforts in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor and Georgetown 2014-2017 when almost a million names were indexed for FamilySearch.  Was responsible for indexing efforts in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where 10 million names were indexed over a 3 year period.
 
An active genealogist for 50 years, he has surname line traced back to 1222.  Alan’s genealogy interests for the past several years have shifted from ancestors to descendants, i.e., cousins.  He is related to 4 Mayflower passengers, 15 signers of the Constitution, and to 35 US presidents.
 
Alan is also trained in graveyard restoration.
 
He and his wife have volunteered for a record capture project by FamilySearch at the Sam Houston records center in Austin beginning in June 2019.
 
 


The biggest set of DNA Tools is in MyHeritage
Wednesday, June 26
The biggest set of DNA Tools is in MyHeritage  (DNA SIG)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
 
The biggest set of 
DNA Tools is in MyHeritage
 
Alan Rabe will review the DNA tools available in MyHeritage. 
They have the largest set of tools and include the following:
DNA matches can be sorted by Most recent, Full Name, Largest segment, Shared segments.
In addition to searching your list, these Filters are available: Theory of Family Relativity, Smart Matches, Shared surname, Shared place, Has family tree, Relationships, Country location, and Ethnicities
 
Your entire list of matches can be exported, or just those with shared DNA segments.
 
Lastly three additional tools are available: Chromosome browser for multiple kits, Autoclusters, and an Ethnicities map.  
 
You can open a free MyHeritage account and your Ancestry DNA can be transferred into MyHeritage for free. Receiving DNA Matches and contacting them is free and unlimited. Unlocking additional DNA features (Chromosome Browser, Ethnicity Estimate, Shared ancestral places, and more) costs an extra fee.
 


Family Search-Puzzilla, Relative Finder
Saturday, June 29
Family Search-Puzzilla, Relative Finder  (WCGS University)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Round Rock Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664 Room B
 
Family Search-Puzzilla, Relative Finder
Presented and explained by
Alan Rabe
 
Because FamilySearch has opened their interface to other programs,  every well-known genealogy program interfaces with FamilySearch—now even Family Tree Maker.  A 3rd party program called Puzzilla, allows you to quickly see all your ancestors in a condensed tree and then pick any one of them and see all their descendants.  There are also games you can play using data automatically populated from your family tree.  Also a more detailed discussion of sources and the merging process.  Live demos and time for questions.
 
About Puzzilla.org
Research Patterns in FamilyTree Collateral Lines.
The Puzzilla Descendants Viewer is a combination of free basic services plus subscription premium services that help researchers see descendants in FamilyTree using compact symbols that reveal patterns of incomplete research and other work in collateral-lines.
 



Ancestry Workshop, Part I: Getting Started
Saturday, July 27
Ancestry Workshop, Part I: Getting Started  (Annual Seminar)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
 
Ancestry Workshop
Part I: Getting Started
 
In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the basics of Ancestry.
 
Whether you haven't begun your research, only have your work on paper, or already have a tree on another site or piece of software, you'll learn how to build a tree on Ancestry.com, attach sources and photos, and share your work with family.
 
Bring your laptop or tablet and your family information and we'll work together to get you started! 
 
About Sarah:
Sarah Kroh is a native Texan and holds a BA in History. Genealogy combines many of her interests and she tries to keep storytelling, research, and organization at the heart of every tree she builds.