In each Choice, each step that links to an article or video now has a star in front of the article or video icon. Clicking the star fills it in, to signify that you have read the article or watched the video for the corresponding star. This provides a handy way to see at a glance which articles and videos you have finished. For example, the graphic below indicates that a person has read the articles for steps 3 and 5:
To use the Resource Stars, follow these steps:
- Log in to the Online Tracker. If you do not have an Online Tracker account, you will need to create one in order to use the Resource Stars.
- Click a star that corresponds to the article or video of interest. It is now filled in, and you can click it again to clear the star. Filled-in stars are saved to your user account.
- When you log out of the Online Tracker, the previously filled stars will temporarily appear to be empty. This also happens when the system logs you out of the Online Tracker after a period of inactivity. To restore the stars to their filled states, log in to the Online Tracker again. You may need to refresh your screen to display the filled stars.
A Partners and Accounts
The middle section of the top menu has Projects for each of the Partners of The Family History Guide: FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast.
- To learn more about the Partners for The Family History Guide, see the Partners page (Intro menu).
- Hover over any Partner in the top menu and select the first Project below it to begin setting up an account. (Setting up Family Search account info is explained in Goal 13 of FamilySearch Project 1.)
B Project Features
Below are some of the useful features in the Projects. See also the QUIKLinks and Languages sections on this page, as well as About the Projects and Project Resources.
- Open/Close Choices—click the Open Choices button to open all Choices in the Project, or the Close Choices button to close all Choices in the Project. You can also click the title of any Choice to open or close the content below it.
- Summaries—click a Summary link to show a list of items covered in the current Choice.
- Exercises—click an Exercises link to show exercises that you can complete to enhance your skills and learning in The Family History Guide. You can use these exercises to earn a Good or Proficient level for the current Choice in the Tracker (Online or Word).
- Instructor Tips—click an Instructor Tips link to show tips that instructors can use for training with The Family History Guide.
QUIKLinks are links that help you get to record searches faster and easier.
A QUIKLinks for Specific Record Collections
- Open a country, state, or province page and look for lightning-bolt icons in the header area. These indicate the presence of QUIKLinks for specific record collections. An example is shown below.
- Click one of the lightning-bolt links (such as "Vital and Census Records" in the example) to open that particular Goal page.
- Scroll down in the page until you find a QUIKLinks section at the end of a Choice. The example below shows QUIKLinks for Arizona (U.S.) birth records. QUIKLinks are labaled as FS (FamilySearch), AC (Ancestry), MH (MyHeritage), or FMP (Findmypast).
- To see additional QUIKLinks for counties or provinces, if available, scroll to the bottom of the page.
B Partner Links for Overall Search Pages and Websites
If you want to open the main search page for a platform (FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, or Findmypast),
- Open a country, state, or province page.
- Just below the large picture at the top), click FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage, or More (LDSGenealogycom). You'll go directly to the search page for that platform.
If you want to open a website that has a collection of useful research links,
- In the country, state, or province page, click one of the Partner Links (FamilySearch Wiki, Ancestry Wiki, US Genweb, or GenealogyLinks). You'll go directly to that website, which contains helpful links for research in the selected location.
C About Record Collections
- To see the records in the search screens you are using, you need to be logged in to that website.
- Record collections that exist on multiple websites do not have duplicate links in the left pane. For example, if a Record Collection exists in all four sites, it is only linked in the first area - FamilySearch.
- If one of the major websites is missing from the left pane, it's because it does not have enough non-duplicate Record Collections to be generally useful.
- Usually, record collections with fewer than 50,000 records are omitted from the QUIKLinks list. You can still find these collections on the corresponding website, including records by province, state, diocese, etc.