2017 by Donald R. Snow

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ABSTRACT: The Family History Guide is a website at  that is loaded with good and up-to-date information about family history.  It is completely free and has lessons, tutorials, classes, projects, and detailed information about family history.  It was announced at RootsTech 2017 in February that it is an approved training resource for FamilySearch by the LDS Church.  It was formed and is operated by volunteers who could use donations of time or money, but there is no requirement for either to use it.  This class will discuss the website, what it contains, and how to use it.  The notes for this class and related articles, all with active Internet links, are on Don's website .


  1. Instructor is Donald R. Snow of St. George and Provo, Utah ( ).
  2. These notes, with active Internet links and other related articles, are posted on Don's website .
  3. Tips:  (1)  To put an icon on your desktop for the URL for these notes, or any webpage, just drag the icon in front of the address in your browser to your desktop.  (2)  To open a link while keeping your place in the original page, hold down the Control key while clicking the link so it opens in a new tab.
  4. This class will discuss the free family history educational website The Family History Guide, what it contains, and how to use it.

  6. The FH Guide is a free website at  sponsored by The Family History Guide Association, a group of volunteers.
  7. It is free, even though its file extension is .com, which usually signals a commercial website.
  8. The first page says, "Your free learning, research, and training center for genealogy."
  9. The organization can always use contributions of expertise and money, but neither are required to use it.
  10. Website contains:  introductory videos about family history, computer basics. family history basics, projects and classes, training for Temple and Family History consultants, genealogy research methods and techniques for many countries of the world, a newsletter you can subscribe to to keep updated, and miscellaneous topics -- As you use it, you will see the breadth and depth they have included to help you learn.
  11. Their philosophy -- teach you what you want to know, so you can start wherever you want and skip the parts you already know
  12. FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) -- has the answers to many questions about the site

  14. Good 6-minute introductory video on the FH Guide webpage at  Intro > Start > Take the Quick Tour
  15. A member of their Board of Directors, James Tanner of Provo, recently gave a presentation about The FH Guide for the UGA (Utah Genealogical Association) Virtual Chapter meeting; video is posted on the UGA website for UGA members to view   
  16. Ann Tanner (James's wife) did a 16-minute BYU video on YouTube about The FH Guide -- 

  18. COMPUTER BASICS -- for those who feel they need a better understanding of how the computer works
  19. FAMILY HISTORY BASICS -- how to get started, things to look for, what you might want to do first
  20. PROJECTS -- The 9 Projects are (1) Family Tree, (2) Memories, (3) Descendants, (4) Discover, (5) Indexing, (6) Help, (7) Technology, (8) DNA, and (9) Countries/Ethnic -- each of these has a detailed sequence of steps for you to go through as fast as you want to learn the topic
  21. TOPICS -- section can be searched to find where to go for what you are looking for
  22. MEDIA -- gives links to videos, articles, webinars, and other training materials online; also gives links to online trainers who have produced collections of FH materials
  23. TRAINING -- how to make presentations about FH; how to help others, whether individuals, families, or groups; tools to keep track of what you or your students have learned
  24. QUIKLINKS FOR COUNTRY PAGES -- links that take you directly to record collections for U.S. states or foreign countries on websites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast -- these last three are Partners with FamilySearch
  25. MISCELLANEOUS -- a "VAULT" containing multitudes of additional helps and topics, Tracker Forms and Helps for recording progress in lessons, special helps for children, and special topics for LDS
  26. MORE -- What's New, the FH Guide Newsletter, FH events, information about the FH Association and how to contact them

  28. It is clear from the above that this is an extensive website with good information to help us learn about family history and genealogy.
  29. Very helpful for each of us, as well as when people ask us questions -- can find many answers here and tell people about it so they can get the details themselves

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