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Leveraging FamilySearch Memories



Leveraging the power of FamilySearch Memories to Preserve and keep in tact our Family Research


People in the community often point to the drawback of the collaborative paradigm of FamilySearch where someone else can change or modify what they have entered into FamilySearch Family Tree and how no one really has a private tree (other than for the living records in their private space)

I totally understand that there are indeed pain points and challenges in this area.

But I also think many people totally miss some of the basic tenants of why a collaboratuve system can indeed have some significant strengths.

One of my favorite videos on the subject is this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwRSRZ9amlM

It is rather long - so before you watch it – please continue down with the below:


I do understand the pain points of collaboration as it is currently in FamilySearch - and I do look forward to FamilySearch continuing to make changes that allow for people having more confidence that the work they do won’t be undone by someone else.

I had written various posts on the subject of the matter in the old community - but they were lost in the upgrade conversion (grrrrrrrrr)

I will try to resurrect some of my thoughts and analysis on the matter with this and other subsequent posts


BUT one thing that I again and again go back to - is how much we can all so often leverage FamilySearch Memories - to not only preserve our own research - but preserve it in a way that even 10 years from now - it will still be in the same exact format that we left it.

In other words - how to upload versions of our research and documents - in ways that we don’t have to worry about others totally destroying or wreaking havoc on our documents - our research – our  compilations - our family histories.

Here are just a FEW of hundreds of examples of items that I have uploaded to FamilySearch - so as to preserve such research in tact - - - whether it was my own - or someone else’s.



Pedigree charts in pdf format from a person's own local database - based on what they consider to be correct:
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/56940175?cid=mem_copy

Family Group sheets in pdf format
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/59341074?cid=mem_copy

Descendants Charts
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/56940129?cid=mem_copy

Family Albums
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/59358267?cid=mem_copy

Research Notes
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/80263033?cid=mem_copy

Life Histories
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/60676275?cid=mem_copy

Family Bibles
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/59354074?cid=mem_copy

Certificates and other similar documents
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/46606733?cid=mem_copy

Digital Community Histories
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/59341078?cid=mem_copy

Discussion of Fraudulant or erroneous info
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/gallery/album/703092

Discussion of common errors and myths
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/105655021?cid=mem_copy

Discussions of theories as to Family Origins
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/78243294?cid=mem_copy

Newspaper Accounts
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/60350121?cid=mem_copy

Copies of entire digital books that are in the public domain (this one example of 245 pages on a simgle pdf)
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/104009807?cid=mem_copy

Family Photo Albums
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/67120918?cid=mem_copy

Oral Interviews (audio)
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/52597429?cid=mem_copy

Music Recordings
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/52679766?cid=mem_copy

Recorded news accounts (audio)
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/107025974?cid=mem_copy

Poetry (audio)
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/76061763?cid=mem_copy

Funeral Recordings (audio)
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/94142327?cid=mem_copy

School Year Book data
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/88850987?cid=mem_copy

Speeches (audio)
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/99949447?cid=mem_copy

Funeral Cards
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/129281073?cid=mem_copy

Needlework Samplers with Family info
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/64400184?cid=mem_copy

Family Registers
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/103371876?cid=mem_copy

Fraktur
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/97903654?cid=mem_copy

and even links to online VIDEO
https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/128545977?cid=mem_copy

Even Family tree data in GEDCOM format (from a local trusted familytree database on your computer)
see:  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Pedigree_Resource_File