Join us on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Michael Butterworth tells us about the new features offered by FamilySearch.
Michael's presentation will cover:
Home Page after Login - FamilySearch has updated the home page to make it a more personalized experience.
Access to Records at FamilySearch - How does FamilySearch negotiate the rights for records and how can you view those records.
Search Records at Home - Over the past several years, FamilySearch has been digitizing these records and publishing them online for people to search and view from their own homes. As of September 2017, you can no longer order microfilms or microfiche from FamilySearch.org, making the shift to digitized records complete.
FamilySearch Places - The places our ancestors lived shaped their lives and experiences. To find our ancestors and understand their lives, we need to learn about the places they came from.
Map Your Ancestors - The Family Tree app recently added a feature that, in some cases, can help show where your ancestors have lived by allowing you to map key events in your ancestors’ lives directly in the app.
Michael Butterworth is a systems engineer by day for a local defense contractor and a volunteer Director at the Annapolis Family History Center in his spare time. It is computers that tie these two activities together. Michael’s interest in computers began in the early 1980’s and he decided to get a computer science degree from East Tennessee State University. From there Michael headed west to a job with McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company (MDHC) in Mesa Arizona working on Apache Helicopter flight simulators. Michael earned an MBA from Western International University while at MDHC. Later, when working on the US Army’s M1 Abrams tank simulators in Orlando Florida, Michael started using PAF from Family Search, many family group sheets his mother had given him, and the internet to start recording his own family history tree. Now, Michael loves to share his knowledge and talent of how computers and the internet can be used to do genealogy with others. Michael enjoys presenting the benefits of FamilySearch and the Annapolis Family History Center and hopes it will help others with their own research.