How To Copy Family Search records to my computer
Here is a lesson on How To copy records from Family Search on to a computer.
Update 22 Apr 2020: Thanks to Cathy Meder-Dempsey of Genealogy Bloggers I learned a new way of copying the text record from Family Search which copies text and source info. I had been highlighting the text and then pasting it but now I know to use Tool button.
I did a search and found some records. I would like to copy the record(s) to my computer.
How do I Save the 1940 census record for Harry Kamit?
There are two items I can copy: a text file (page icon) and a scan of the original (camera icon)
I click on the page icon and bring up the text for the 1940 census.
To copy this text file to you computer click on the Tools button
Then click on Copy to Clipboard [Thanks to Cathy Meder-Dempsey]
To put the text onto my computer; the text I just “copied to clipboard”,
I click on the start button on lower left of my screen 1.
then find and click on Notepad 2.
When I click on the Notepad, it comes up on the screen.
I can now paste what I copied right on to the Notepad using Ctrl V or mouse and left button to select paste.
Note that not only was the text copied but the citation information is now on a Notepad that I can save to my computer.
I can now save the text file to my computer files using the File, Save As at top left.
A list of my computer folders comes up and I can pick where I want the file and what to name the new text file.
I put a 0 (zero) as first character of file name so that it will appear at the top of my long list. I then give it a name that will identify it for me with out me having to open it up to see what it is. The name I pick for this file is “0 – Harry Kamit – 1940 census – Maryland” and then I hit the save button to the right of the name box.
Note: the name tells me it is a 1940 census from Maryland and it is for Harry Kamit.
The next file I might like to save is the scan of the original document (camera icon).
When I clicked on the camera icon I got the original file to show up on the screen.
I can click on Download at top right of screen to bring up the scan in a screen print format.
When I click on Download at top right of screen I get this panel showing me the format that will be used to download the scan file.
When I click on the OK button the file comes up in the photo format screen
I can not click on the top left File button and click on the Save As option
When I click on Save As I get to select of folders on my computer where I can put the file. I can change the folder from Temp as shown below to some other folder by using the down arrow on far right of box. You can also give the file a name at bottom of panel.
I changed the folder for Temp to User’s Documents and gave a name to the scan of the original 1940 census record for Harry Kamit. I gave it the same name as the text file so that the two files; text and photo, will show up together on the folder file list.
I hope this How To Tutorial has helped you save Family Search records to your computer.
Jose A Munoz
from Clarkston, Michigan, USA
PS. — Here is the link to Cathy’s blog: https://openingdoorsinbrickwalls.wordpress.com/