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Free Manual: How to Use New FamilySearch Correctly

By September 1, 2009

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Update: New FamilySearch Manual Updated

George W. Scott, a new FamilySearch instructor, has written a 66 page manual, How to Use New FamilySearch Correctly, that is free to download and print from his site.

Over the past 2 1/2 years George has spent nearly 2,000 hours using New FamilySearch- beta-testing, teaching it at his family history center, helping patrons, and cleaning up his family tree. After several other family history consultants asked him to write a manual for teaching New FamilySearch in their own wards he put together this excellent manual.

The manual provides tips and Do's and Dont's while chapter 3, "Working In Logical Order In New FamilySearch," identifies the most efficient order of tasks to clean your family tree- so you won't be so overwhelmed. The manual also reviews New FamilySearch's future plans and evaluates the third-party software programs.

I especially like chapter 2, "Collaboration is the Key to Successful Family History Research," which teaches how to deal with the anger we feel when someone has messed up our family tree. Brother Scott writes:
"Thus, if for no other reason than the desire to accomplish the task the Lord has given you, you must purge your heart of unkind feelings toward those who have made mistakes in your New FamilySearch family tree. They may have erred negligently or simply lacked adequate time or resources to perform the high quality of research you demand of yourself, but certainly they did not commit the mistakes purposefully. If we cannot forgive unpurposeful errors, where do we stand before the Lord?" (pg 7-8).
This manual is a wonderful tool to help us use, and teach, the new FamilySearch. Thank you George for sharing your manual with us! Find other great resources in the Family Search category.
September 6, 2009 at 11:15 pm
(1) Joseph M. Reed says:

Thank you, Brother Scott, for this wonderful book that is so valuable to us all. And, thank you, Sister Bruner, for providing knowledge and access to it.

September 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(2) elaine roderick says:

Thank you for bringing to light this confusing program that I know has been brought to us by our Heavenly Father. This will assist millions in accomplishing this great work.My eternal gratitude Elaine Roderick
Family History Director-Goodyear Arizona Stake

September 17, 2009 at 10:57 am
(3) Sam Silvey - BYU 17th FHC says:

Very appreciative of this well thought out guide.

Thank you Bro. Scott for taking the time to put this together and to you Sis. Bruner for publicizing this through your website,

February 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm
(4) Harry says:

I found new.familysearch to be very difficult when using PAF. I have a head injury and it simply would not work for me so I got nothing done for a number of years. Then I saw the ad for Rootsmagic and Ancestra Quest 12. I chiose AQ becaue it was more familiar being built on the PAF format. It took awhile to get used to it, but I simply could not do family history without it. Yesterday I signed up for Ancestry.com which links to AQ 12 and I was able to help a friend establish their line. I could not have done it otherwise. I still have to go between the programs, and it is not easy, but the results are much better and you feel sure you are not contributing to the duplication problem which in the past was sadly unavoidable.

April 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm
(5) Colati Meretiko Draniatu says:

Thank you Bro.Scott for the New Family Search.It has made my family work for my dead relatives easier.The duplication I have been rectifying through combined records.Thank you for that.I am able to see my pedigree and find joy in knowing that they have been saved through the temple ordinances.

February 6, 2011 at 12:02 am
(6) Leah White says:

I notice that it seems that Brother Scott has not updated his “How To Use New Family Search Correctly” since 2009. I used his manual to teach in 2009 and 2010. However, many changes have been made since then.
Of course, it’s basically true but I don’t want to have to go through the manual looking for things that have changed. Call me lazy. Any suggestions?

February 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm
(7) Rachel Bruner, Latter-day Saint Guide says:

You could try emailing Brother Scott. There’s an email address on his home page at http://www.usingfamilysearch.com/ and if you put something in the subject line like, “What Are the Recent Changes to Your Manual?” That might catch his attention. Other than that, I’m not sure how you could know. Hope that helps!

February 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm
(8) cecilia Jernigan says:

Looking in my family in new.family search.com I see that my mother’s work is not done and that is eronious because she was baptized, and sealed to my father, the sealing was done in the Salt Lake Temple and I was with her in the Alberta Temple when she and I were sealed to my father Charles Asa Queckboerner. her name was Wilma Ethel Stevens. How do these records get so mixed up. the last time I looked some months ago the dates, ordinances etc were sll in order.???????????????

March 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm
(9) Pat Campbell says:

Is this manual available already printed and where can I obtain a copy?

I do not have a printer that works.

Thank you

March 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm
(10) Rachel Bruner, Latter-day Saint Guide says:

Pat: Yes, if you visit the website http://www.usingfamilysearch.com/ the author states that the manual is available at Stevenson’s in Provo, Utah. With a search I found their website: http://sgenealogy.com/ for $3.95 although the site says they are out of stock. Here a direct link:
You could contact them to see if they will be getting any more in stock.

Another idea would be to go to your library and see if they will let you print it out, which might have a fee.

July 6, 2011 at 11:23 am
(11) Rachel Bruner, Latter-day Saint Guide says:

This free New FamilySearch manual, “How to Use New FamilySearch Correctly” has been udpated. Read about the changes as well as how to download a free copy or purchase one at cost:

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