Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Take A Peek At The New Look of Family Search.Org

This upgrade is  scheduled for a little over two weeks from now. is also getting a similar upgrade.

The fan chart is a fun option. You will be able to create a fan chart for any of your ancestors in the first few genearations. It's a cool way to see your family and  points out where your dead ends are.

Photo's and stories is in beta and due to be live to all by early May. I've been able to post about 200  photo's and stories already. It may not be the most important part of genealogy to some, but it is truly interesting and getting a lot of buzz. I can hardly wait until they add oral  histories.

The photo on the right  is a clip of some of the photos I have added to the tree. 

If you double click on the photo it will enlarge. 

Family Tree is live to all. New sign ups are  happening each day. People are learning to collaborate together, they are discovering the benefits of each others work. I have made great family connections due to the tree.

The indexing community is incredible. People from all parts of the world, with different religious affiliations, people of all ages are helping the indexing intitiatives. Each day over 1.5 million indexed entries are added to for all to use for free.

Most don't understand the serious support committment the church has made to every phase of family history. A few days ago we handled the 3,000,000 th case. Hundreds of employees, full time, and part time missionaries serve the publics questions and issues. It's truly amazing to be a part of this work.

PS: The 1.5 million new indexed additions to is a quota to those who serve in the vault. For over 100 years records have been stored in a granite mountain vault and have been copied to microfilm. They are now copying the microfilm data to digital and to the web.
I just noticed on the family search blog that a huge block of data was moved to Family Search. Here is that post:

FamilySearch Adds 19,206,333 Images to New United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920, Collection

World with film surrounding itFamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records and images this week with new browsable image collections from Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 19,206,333 images from the new United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920, collection, the 2,005,113 index records from the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, collection, and the 930,622 index records from the U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942, collection. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at Full Story


Here is a more in depth look at the upcoming upgrade, click here.



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