I have several books of geneology material, including pedigrees, family groups, and individual records. Some are hand written and others typed. They were generated by my parents when alive. I am hopeful that all of these records have now been digitized and can be found in the Family Search records. How do I determine if this is true, and if it is, how and when should I dispose of these records?
Chas Howell ✭✭✭✭✭
This is my personal take only, if this were my parents' stash of records, I would work each name one by one. I would use FamilySearch’s Find tab in family tree and locate the closest relative and compare closely the FS profile entry and the parents’ paper entry. I would not make any changes in FS unless I were confident I was correct. I don’t know the level of genealogical research or sourcing your documents have so I would not take too much at face value. Then I would move on to the next person until I got to the point where no other relatives could be found. Then I may or may not add new persons, depending on my ability to verify the correctness of the information. If there are any sources or photos I would attach them adding titles and information like place & dates if know.1
what type of data is the majority of what you refer to
is it mainly things like Family Group sheets with names, dates & places??
That you would check in the FamilySearch Family Tree
BUT if what you are referring to is more - family stories, photos, documents - then you would check the Memories tab - of each person in the Family Tree.
It can be a rather tedious process.
If I were you I would focus on things that you feel are probably unique to your collection of information - and may not be known by other people - but if it was a compiled / published book etc - I would think it much more like that it was in FamilyTree - and or updated by more current research . . .0
also consider the possibility that if the information is decades old - that it may have been superceded with more recent more correct information.
There are few things worse - than a person taking a book published 75 years ago - with little documentation and sources listed - and using it to replace much more recent and more accurate information and wreaking havoc on someone else's work.
Its great that you want to update the information in FS - thats great - but make sure you do so carefully and cautiously and ensure that the information you update really is good information backed up by legit sources.0
consider scanning these items you have as a PDF - and then upload it to the memories page of the people they relate to.
scanning to pdf will allow you to join multiple pages into a single file that you upload
instead of hundreds of individual pages as jpg files
your max file size for pdf uploads will be 15 MB
textual information can usually be scanned at 200 dpi - not higher - to reduce file size.0