However - we had a good turn out of about 9. People came prepared with questions, and we covered a lot of ground.
The focus of this first group was to go over the main features of FamilySearch and Family Tree - and we all learnt something useful and interesting (especially me).
I think the highlights were
1. For me - learning that you can search for a surname with a batch number and pull up all the name listings in the one batch. I didn't even know what a batch was!
2. For everyone else - learning that the batch search feature was still available. Many thought it had been done away with in the upgrades.
3. We looked at the FamilySearch booklet which is a great way to introduce the young people in your life to family history. See it here https://familysearch.org/campaign/myfamily. I can probably get you a free copy if you are interested.
4. I think we were all surprised at the number of digitised online family history books available through the FamilySearch website. Check it out here https://books.familysearch.org/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=FHD_PUBLIC. If you open these books in your PDF viewer they are searchable.
5. And of course there was the highlight of watching me marry my father to my great great grandmother as a demonstration on how to add someone to the FamilyTree - and then not being able to delete the relationship. I managed to get it sorted, but nearly had to call head quarters for help!
People went away planning to create their FamilySearch accounts and create their GEDCOM files to upload into FamilyTree. At the next meeting we will see how everyone went with that and learn some new features for searching and storing records.
If you missed this group and are ever interested in learning the basics of family search - contact me by email by clicking here - and I can arrange to meet you at the cottage and go through it.
The group will continue to meet monthly on the second Saturday. Next group scheduled for Saturday 12th July 10am - 12pm at the cottage.
Kate Walter #657