Genealogical research: training session

DELANEY Carol PHOTO 2021 02 13Germaine Smith, 14 August 2021
Germaine was kind enough to make some of the documents available in advance, and sent a Dropbox link via Niki where they could be downloaded.
The talk was started by an introduction to NAAIRS (National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System) and then a search was made on Family Search, the website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
She did the search with the very common name of John Smith and based on the search gave tips such as "less is more" when entering search terms.
She went to "probate records" and explained what icons mean like the magnifying glass as well as how to copy to your own records.
She gave many practical tips like how to find an original document among lots.
She continued after question time and inter alia explained terminology, like the difference between "civil death" and "death notice".
She also did a search for information that has not yet been indexed and how one can nevertheless find information.
She helped some of the members, who had requests, to search and find information.
After two hours, the meeting ended. The large number of members who attended and that the vast majority remained seated in front of their computers for more than two hours is evidence of the popularity of the presentation.