Step 2d – Enter Family Info into Computer

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It’s surprising what you might find after you’ve gathered, sorted and placed into file folders the information you have about your family.  You need to summarize this information into a format that’s easy to refer to and easy to update — and so you can complete the temple work for your ancestors and their families.

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Take The Information From Each File Folder and
Enter That Family History Information Into A Computer — Either Online At The FamilySearch Website or Into A Software Program

To do this, you just open up each file folder and enter the pertinent information you’ve got on each family into the computer.

While you don’t have to have a personal computer to keep family history records…it sure helps! After typing the information once into the computer, you can organize it in all sorts of different ways.

The same information can be used in pedigree charts, family group sheets, and descendancy charts, and is easily shared with other people.  Reports and charts are easily updated without time-consuming retyping.

Get Started
This is what your family history information looks like in the FamilySearch website’s main Tree chart view.


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You have THREE OPTIONS with regards to entering your family history information into a computer:

.OPTION 1 – Use the FamilySearch website only

  • Take advantage of the many training videos and courses available at FamilySearch Trainings and also on Youtube.
  • This keeps a basic record of your family history information, including life sketches and notes.
  • Is used to submit names for temple work, and tracks your temple work.
  • Lists others who have submitted information on your ancestor and lets you collaborate with them.
  • Lets you import pictures and source documents.
  • Lets everyone in your family log in and see the same family history information you have.
  • You can now print Pedigree Charts, Portrait Pedigree Charts, 7 Generation Fan Charts, Family Group Record and Family Group Record with Sources.  Some additional Charts and Reports can be printed at CreateFan.com

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OPTION 2 – Use the FamilySearch website plus a Family History Software program

  • This keeps extensive, detailed family information, confidential information, research notes, images of family photographs and documents, records of living relatives, etc.
  • Tracks your temple work, submits names to the temple, and helps you collaborate with others (through Family Tree).
  • Prints nice pedigree charts, indexes, reports, research to-do lists, a variety of amazing charts, booklets, family narratives, etc.
  • You can export data — and even use the data to create a family website (with information on living relatives hidden).

OPTION 3 – Don’t do anything — pretend that it is to complicated for you or better yet... tell yourself that all the Family History work for your Ancestors has been completed and there is nothing for you to do!. (the Lord will bless you if you jump in and do what you can, even if you think it isn't much. You'll also surprise yourself with how much fun it really is.).


Next Step
Step 2e —Set Up Your Family History Binder

 

     
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