Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center
Staff Meeting May 9, 2017
Welcome: Brent Gardner
Opening Prayer: Liliana Riboldi
Spiritual Thought: Jeanne Gunnell
I have given a lot of thought to the scripture about the hearts of the children turning to the fathers and the fathers to the children. There were a couple of experiences I had in the temple one where a brother was wondering how he could share a name with his son overseas who had helped in finding the names and another in a sealing session where the sealer was concerned about making sure he pronounced the names correctly and the patrons knowing these deceased relatives well enough to know how to pronounce the names. My son recently shared with me a story about a coworker whose husband had recently been arrested on serious criminal charges. He made the comment that it changes your feelings towards people when you know their family and circumstances. It helped me to better understand how our hearts turn to our fathers as we research and learn about them and do their temple work.
May 16, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Elder James Tanner, “Family History Guide”
June 6, 11 am and & pm, Patron Class, Elder James Tanner, “My Heritage”
June 13, 7 pm, Staff Meeting
June 20, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Sheryl Kempton, “Find My Past”
July: No patron classes or staff meeting
New Staff Members: Bevan and Elaine Wright LV 1 (Friday afternoon)
Shift Coverage: Importance of getting subs when necessary
1. Working with Patrons: Pat Cuthbert
We discussed “Gathering the Family of God” by President Henry B Eyring.
We do not know what marvels God will inspire people to create to help in His work of gathering His family. But whatever marvelous inventions may come, their use will require the Spirit working in people like you and me. This should not surprise us. After all, these are beloved sons and daughters of God. He will send whatever inspiration is needed to give them the opportunity to return to Him.
2. Kinmapper: Don Kimball
Unfortunately, Don was not able to demonstrate how to use this program due to inadequate Wifi coverage. We suggest you try it at home. To find it, click on the FamilySearch App Gallery link (at the bottom of the FamilySearch.org home page) and type in Kinmapper in the Search window. Kinmapper will use data provided by your FamilySearch family tree to map the locations where your ancestors lived. Easily see your relatives on a map and search for them by name.
3. FamilySearch Maps: Eileen Kraczek
Eileen used a PowerPoint to teach us about maps.familysearch.org. Below is her Power Point presentation, handout and case study.
PowerPoint presentation maps.familysearch.org
Maps.familysearch.org – Handout by Eileen Kraczek, Sunset Heights Family History Center, 9 May 2017
I have found this program to be very useful in locating records of my English ancestors. I also find that I feel closer to them after learning more about the area they came from. In this case I learned more about my second great-grandparents by searching for and finding their marriage record. Following are the points that were covered in the presentation.
1. Historical Maps — England & Wales Jurisdictions 1851
2. Open browser and type in maps.familysearch.org
3. Map of England and Wales will appear showing England and Wales counties—searchable by parish
4. Type name of desired parish into the “Enter a location to search” box in the upper left corner and click on the SEARCH button. Parish name must be exact or program will return “0” matches. If there is more than one parish by that name, click on your parish of interest. The location of the parish is shown on the map and an information window pops up with details about the parish.
5. The “Info” tab gives details about the parish including years of available records (Parish Records and Bishop’s Transcripts) and other religions in the area that will have records.
6. “Jurisdictions” tab next to the “info” tab shows administrative jurisdictions — parish, county, civil registration district, probate court, etc. It is useful to compare with census information. Make a list of parishes in the county to clarify spelling for SEARCH. Computer will return 0 matches for misspellings.
Other jurisdictions can also be selected by using the down arrow in the “Click map to select: box just below the title, but this will show only one jurisdiction, whereas the Layers will show as many jurisdictions as you select.
7. Note Layers tab next to Search tab in the upper left corner. The program is set to show county and parish boundaries. Click on the ”Layers” tab to select other administrative areas.
Click in the box next to the administrative area you want to see, such as the Civil Registration Districts, to add another layer of administration to the map.
8. Options tab. Question comes up “What would you like to do?”
9. Contiguous parishes. Click on this link for a list of parishes that boarder your parish. These names are links. Note that if you hover over a parish name on the list on the left a red balloon indicates the location of that parish. Click on the name for information about the parish.
10. Radius place search. This tool shows the parishes within a designated distance (1/4 to 20 miles) from your parish. Select a desired distance. Click GO.
A dark circle will highlight the parishes within the selected radius of your parish. Parishes are listed on the left in order of distance. Under “Sort method” at the top right of the list, select “alphabetical” to sort list alphabetically.
11. Click on Search the Family History Library Catalog for a list of resources about this parish. It is the same list you will find if you go to the “SEARCH” tab and select “Catalog” on the familysearch.org website and enter your parish location.
12. Other views of the map are available by clicking on the “Map —Satellite—Ordnance Survey— tabs in the upper left corner of the map. To return to the original county view of the map click on the “Reset map” button in the upper right corner just above the map.
13. Icons in the lower right corner of the map. The + and – signs are the typical icons for zooming in and out. The person icon is a link to Google maps. Click, drag and drop it in your area of interest for an up-to-date view of the parish.
14. For online tutorial see “Don’t know how to search? Find out here” under SEARCH and CLEAR buttons on the search window. Click on here for additional information about using maps.familysearch.org.
Case study showing how Maps.familysearch.org helped Eileen locate a marriage certificate for one of her ancestors. (See accompanying PowerPoint.)
England & Wales Jurisdictions 1851
2. Common English Names
1841 England Census by entering his birth year (+/-5 yr) and England—1,276 results
1851 England Census with same criteria—905 results
Thomas Atkins married to Eliza—9 results
1861 England Census—2,037 results
Married to Eliza—57
3. James Tanner
Focus on the geographic location.
Location must be as precise as possible.
Must be correctly identified.
Start with a known location.
Most common errors involve places.
4. Vital Information in Family Tree about Thomas Atkins—what I know about my Thomas Atkins
5. Unfortunate merge between Eliza and an Eliza who was married to a Thomas Atkins from Kelshall, England.
• Google Kelshall. Distance from Dudley, Worcestershire, England to Kelshall, Hertfordshire, England.
• Search surrounding parishes for marriage record in hope of stopping this kind of nonsense.
• Use maps.familysearch.org to learn about surrounding parishes.
6. Open browser and type in maps.familysearch.org
7. Map of England and Wales showing counties—searchable by parish. Parish name must be exact.
8. Type Dudley into the search box and click on the SEARCH button
9. Select Dudley (St. Thomas) from the parish: information window pops up. Notice other places in area, dates for Parish Records and Bishop’s Transcripts, and other religions in area.
10. Compare Dudley parish information. Parishes are very close. Three are created from Dudley St Thomas.
11. Jurisdiction tab shows administrative jurisdictions — parish, county, civil registration district, probate court, etc.
• When doing census research, compare with census information to make certain you have the right census.
• Make parish list to clarify spelling for SEARCH. Computer will return 0 matches for misspellings.
12. Options tab. What would you like to do? Contiguous parishes. Radius place search. Family Search Library Catalog.
13. Contiguous parishes list. (Note red balloon. Hover over parish name. Balloon shows location.)
14. Radius place search. Select 5-mile radius. Click GO.
15. Dark circle highlights parishes within a 5-mile radius of Dudley. Parishes are listed on left in order of distance.
16. Under sort method, select alphabetical to sort list alphabetically
17. To narrow number of records to search, look for marriage record in Civil Records. Freebmd.org.uk. Click on SEARCH button.
18. Freebmd.org.uk Search window. Enter search information. Click on FIND.
19. Thomas Atkins married in Stourbridge. Where is that? (Note District, Volume, Page)
20. Back to the map. Click on Layers tab located next to Search tab in upper left corner to access Jurisdictions list.
21. Click in box next to Civil Registration Districts to add another layer of administration to map
22. Red lines show Stourbridge registration district to be contiguous to Dudley district.
23. Certificate of marriage. Now that we know the parish we have narrowed the field to search for a church record for this marriage. Back to map.
24. Kingswinford Click on parish name in list to get “Info” on Kingswinford.
25. Note other places included with Kingswinford. Parish Records begin 1603 and Bishop’s Transcripts 1666. Click on Options tab.
26. Select Family History Library Catalog to see available resources for Kingswinford.
27. Search results for Kingswinford parish. Church records are available for marriages in 1842.
28. A digital copy of the banns is found in Genealogical Society Film # 1,470,766.
29. For online tutorial see “Don’t know how to search? Find out here” under SEARCH / CLEAR buttons on the search window. Click on here for additional information about using maps.familysearch.org.
Closing Prayer: Larry Jensen
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