The FamilySearch Web site (www.familysearch.org) holds the records of more than 6 billion people worldwide, making it the largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records, and resources in the world. In this presentation, speaker Todd Knowles will guide us through the FamilySearch site, with an emphasis on finding our Jewish families. We will also learn how to use the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of more than 1.4 million Jewish people. These databases are "The Jews of the British Isles", "The Jews of Europe", "The Jews of North America", "The Jews of South America and Caribbean", "The Jews of the Pacific Islands", and "The Jews of Africa, Middle East and the Orient." Todd will show us how to access the collection and how best to apply it to our own family research.
W. Todd Knowles, Accredited Genealogist, is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer with FamilySearch. After being introduced to family history at the age of 12, he soon discovered his Jewish roots. The journey to find these Polish Jews has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection (knowlescollection.blogspot.com), which grows almost daily and is now part of FamilySearch.org. Todd has spoken throughout the world, and his articles have been widely published.