Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday Mailbox: One Click Search of Acom, FMP, MH from Family Tree

Dear Ancestry Insider,

A post at lds.org stated:

Through partnerships with other major online genealogy sites, patrons can now use a single click to search ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and myheritage.com for the person they are viewing in FamilySearch’s Family Tree.

When did this happen?

Signed,
Tom,

Dear Tom,

There are really two things being talked about here. Partnerships between FamilySearch and these three companies have existed for many months allowing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to get free subscriptions to much of the content of these websites.

FamilySearch Family Tree one-click links to search FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, Findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.comWhat has occurred in recent weeks is the addition of icons on the person pages of Family Tree. Where once there was a link to search FamilySearch.org historical record collections, there now appears logos for FamilySearch and the other three organizations. Clicking a logo opens a new window or tab for the respective website and performs a search for the current Family Tree person. The search is a basic one by name, birth date, and birth place. No subscription is required to click the logo or to see a list of matches, but you will need a subscription to see details of a result.

Signed,
The Ancestry Insider

10 comments:

  1. From what I remember the logos have been there for at least a month or two.

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  2. This ez-click routine is encouraging unproven/wrong/bizarre changes in FS-Family Tree, with users claiming unspecified trees from those sites as reasons for the modifications.

    As if the pre-existing tree sources for FS-FT were not bad enough.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. There is way too much sloppy research going on. I spend 99.9% of my time undoing erroneous entries on my tree on FS. I need to spend time researching, not undoing mistakes others make! Thank you for letting me vent.

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    2. Absolutely agree, Connie. Making things as easy as a single click does not encourage selective thinking and common sense. As a volunteer at an FHC all too often I see someone very excited to find a "fact" which is not, in fact, germane to their research. But they add it anyway!

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  3. While I use these logos for searching on FamilySearch, I also use a Chrome extension called RootsSearch, which can search, not only from FamilySearch, but also from:
    * Ancestry
    * BillionGraves
    * FamilySearch
    * Find A Grave
    * findmypast
    * Genealogie Online
    * Open Archives
    * WeRelate

    The sites it will search are:
    * American Ancestors
    * Ancestry
    * Archives
    * BillionGraves
    * Chronicling America
    * FamilySearch
    * Find A Grave
    * findmypast.co.uk
    * findmypast.com
    * Fold3
    * Genealogie Online
    * Genealogy Bank
    * Geneanet.org
    * Genealogy Gophers
    * Geni
    * Google
    * Mocavo
    * MyHeritage
    * Newspapers
    * NLA Trove
    * Open Archives
    * USGenWeb
    * WeRelate
    * WikiTree
    * World Vital Records

    This is a best kept secret that needs to be shared!! It is not in the FamilySearch App Gallery. For more information, see https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/rootssearch/aolcffalbhpnojekmimmelebjchjmmgn?hl=en-US

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  4. I went to the address above and it asked me if I wanted to add it to Chrome but it warned that it could change all my data in each of those sites. Is that safe?

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    1. No this is not safe. It messed up my ability to view Records at FamilySearch.

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    2. I was just about to ask the same thing. Is it safe? Apparently not according to Catherine Renschler. Why would a program do that? I don't know about anyone else, but I have enough issues with my family tree (misinformation), I sure do NOT need a program to go and start changing things. Somehow I knew it would be too good to be true.

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    3. I've used Roots Search and Find-A-Record, both Chrome extentions and haven't had any problems at all so far. I've had them both a few years now.

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  5. I tried it and thought it would search all databases I chose at one time without having to click on each one--but will keep trying--it has a lot of potential. I can do the same from within a couple of desktop programs such as RootsMagic and Legacy.

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