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What's Coming from FamilySearch in 2018

FamilySearch is a global leader in fun, online family history services with over 9 million users in 2017. In 2018 FamilySearch will be expanding its free site and services by adding new family discoveries, more online connections, expanded global reach, and millions of new sources to search.

1.   Personalized Home Page 

Refinements to the FamilySearch personalized home page will enable signed-in patrons to make many more new discoveries and easily engage with their family trees.

As new photos, stories, or documents are added by other members of the family, they will be shown on your personalized home page and prioritized based on relevance. You will also be able to see new additions as relatives add them.

FamilySearch's new user dashboard personalizes activity and new content in a fun, interesting way.Enjoy more adaptive, relevant FamilySearch Record Hints. As millions of new records are added to FamilySearch weekly, the search engine maps them with your family tree. FamilySearch will specifically begin looking for new ancestor record sources you don’t already have in your tree. It will be easier than ever to add them. 

Relevant ancestor event notifications, if you want, will be able to prompt you throughout the year regarding relevant dates in the lives of your ancestors. These can be great nudges to learn more about your forbears.

2.   Historical Records

FamilySearch will digitally preserve over 400 million images in 2018 and publish the majority of them online. It will also add hundreds of millions of indexed, searchable names in historical records, thus making it easier and faster to find your ancestors. 

New additions will include prominent international collections from Europe, Central and South America, and the United States. New images will first be accessible in the FamilySearch Catalog Viewer. Once they are indexed or have additional metadata, they'll be published in the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

3.   Online Discovery Experiences

FamilySearch will introduce fun, new personal “discovery” experiences online and in additional physical locations in 2018. The online experiences will be similar to the popular attractions currently found in select FamilySearch Family Discovery Centers.

4.    Family Tree

The FamilySearch Family Tree is free feature that offers all your family needs to collaborative create and preserve your family history.Refinements to the FamilySearch Family Tree in 2018 will extend its reach globally to more devices through improved language support and making the service faster and easier to navigate in lower bandwidth regions of the world.

An underlying goal of the FamilySearch Family Tree is to ensure new developments regarding data are always converging towards more accuracy and completeness.

An upcoming feature will help improve collaboration while encouraging more sound edits and discouraging poor edits to good data.    

 

5.  Family Tree Mobile App

The FamilySearch Tree mobile app syncs with syncs with your FamilySearch Family Tree online and offers 90% of the same functionality.FamilySearch will continue to update its FamilySearch Family Tree app and mobile experiences, which extend the website's functionality. Currently, the robust app has 90 percent of the functionality of the web feature.

The app will provide fun, location-based experiences for making family discoveries wherever you happen to be. The popular 2017 “Relatives Around Me” feature allowed crowds or groups to discover who in the crowd was related to them and how.

New experiences in 2018 will build upon this, allowing interaction based on your proximity to people or locations with which you have a personal ancestral relationship.

The app will also continue to enhance the research capabilities of the mobile experience, including a new Research Mode that will allow multiple windows to be opened simultaneously to facilitate multitasking and research from within the app.

6.    Memories

FamilySearch Memories is a free service for saving and sharing your family photos, stories, and documents.Individuals are now uploading millions of family photos and documents for free permanent storage at FamilySearch. In 2018, patrons will be able to add multiple photos to a family story, rather than just one.

The FamilySearch Tree Fan Chart will help patrons, at a glance, easily discover areas in their tree where memories and sources are attached to ancestors, and help them identify opportunities where they need to be added.

7.   FamilySearch Web-Based Indexing

FamilySearch will end its desktop indexing software in 2018 as it continues to roll out more updates to its new web indexing platform. The new web tool is easy to use and works with any digital device (besides cell phones) with a web browser. It enables hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to make millions of historical images easily and freely searchable by name so online family history researchers can quickly discover ancestors.

 8.  RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, will continue to expand its support of community growth, personal development, and exciting industry innovation. This popular global family history conference will attract over 100,000 attendees (in-person and live online viewers).

Keynotes this year will include: Scott Hamilton, olympic figure skating champion, Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York photographer and writer, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Finding Your Roots. and Natalia Fourcade, internationally renowned Mexican pop-rock singer.

The RootsTech Innovation Showcase will highlight exciting innovations related to family history. It will replace the Innovator Summit and Innovator Showdown.

9.   Oral Histories

Family history in oral (no written documentation) cultures are kept in the minds of village elders—walking, human libraries. When they pass away, the library is lost forever. FamilySearch will increase the number of oral histories it captures from these tribal historians significantly throughout Africa.

FamilySearch appreciates its growing customer base (over 134 million visits in 2017!). When you visit FamilySearch in 2018, be sure to sign in to your free account to enjoy the most of what FamilySearch has to offer. Come back regularly to add your own family memories. Enjoy the new content added daily and the new features coming soon. Collaborate with your family to upload your favorite photos, documents, personal histories, or journals from previous years, and update your ancestors' stories.

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About FamilySearch

 FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Comments 1 - 13 (13)
Thank you for your message.
Yvonne Wedgworth
22
February
2018
Will be ever be able to collaborate with family members on living people's information?
I constantly have trouble connecting to Ancestry through family tree. Is there any way to overcome this problem?
Dan
12
February
2018
Please offer a paid option so I could get an LDS equivalent account to search restricted records. The closest church is 2 hrs away so research is very difficult.
Mary Torres
11
February
2018
Like Wanda I get lost with all the information. But do appreciate all you do to help us. Some day I will figure out how to lay out the tree.
Wanda Castoe
11
February
2018
Thanks so much for match some of my people with obits. I got lost of information I did no have.
Robert Petty
10
February
2018
Both my parent already have alot, lot names back to Adam and Eve!
Steve Meyers
11
February
2018
I am always curious how pedigrees can be traced back to Adam, when surnames, depending on the cultures were not routinely used until 1200 to 1800 AD. Just imagine the difficulty it is to correctly attach relationships in England for example when there were always a preponderance of Mary’s, Thomas’s, Williams, etc in the same area. Just making a point.
Don Caeter
07
February
2018
Hello, Thanks for the great information to look forward to this year and in the future. As usual, you are at the top of your game and outshile all other existing Genealogy sites.
Press On !
Lanna Thompson
03
February
2018
It appears that FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast and MyHeritage are all sharing and working together. I get a print transcription from one, then have to go to another for the document. I like to see the original. If a printed transcription is offered the information must have come the original so why not provide the original. Now some Familysearch documents can only be seen/printed if you are a LDS member. THIS IS NOT FAIR. It is necessary to purchased all the above so you can "visit our partners sight". I would rather pay for FamilySearch than have incomplete information and be constantly going to other sites just to finish a search.
Genealogy Jen Campbell
10
February
2018
Lanna,
All of those subscription sites plus more, are available free to the public (not just LDS members) at family history centers. If you search on Family search you can find the nearest one to you, which may even be a public library they have partnered with. This will allow you to view the original documents for a lot of records versus the indexed version. I volunteer to run one of these centers and help people with their family history research.
Barbara
28
January
2018
All that your organization does for the world of genealogy is absolutely appreciated and loved by me. Keep up the great work. Do not listen to the naysayers.
Evan
28
January
2018
When is the church going to stop letting people add these ridiculous gedcoms that are constantly duplicating the data that are no longer needed, since its so redundant? When is the church going stop allowing people to put invalid characters in names, including letting people add long drawn out names, when your own rules state not to? What about all of these outstanding read only's that need to go away too anciently? The lines are resolved and cannot be fixed any further until those locks are gone. None of this was discussed above. That's what I really want to know. Collaboration is a joke on this open edit system, nobody reads, they just throw up there much corrupted pedigrees from whatever.com, or grandma's corrupted paperwork of 30 years ago with same whatever.com matches, because true research is D E A D.
R Hampto
11
February
2018
I agree!!! I took months to add carefully researched info/photos about my family to Familysearch -- only to find out that others could wipe out what I've done (e.g. some have no clue how to use the program properly or add incorrect info, etc). Sure I can "watch" and go in and put it back to the correct info but what happens after I die!!!???? It's not worth my time and effort anymore so I gave up! It's a very BAD idea, Familysearch, to allow others to mess with what others have recorded. It was much better when I could see all the trees/info that had been uploaded for a person/family. I could then make my own decision about what was correct/wrong. Go back to that and make it so that only the person that uploaded the tree in the first place can make changes!!
Nancy Christensen
11
February
2018
I totally agree about the gedcoms. I spend a lot of time connecting sources and cleaning up individuals pages to make the information as correct as possible only to come back a few months later to find now each person on the line has a duplicate because someone has uploaded a very unsourced
and erroneous gedcom.
Helen Caraveo
13
February
2018
I totally agree ... the fun is the research one does and to make sure it is correct ... they are trying to make it too easy and thus causing a lot of incorrect information ... one does tend to give up .. why bother
Susan Maxwells
27
January
2018
Every time I put in my information. It says that one or the other information is wrong. Which is not true how do I get into Family Search. Thank you.
Laralee Nelson
28
January
2018
You may need to give FamilySearch support a call or chat with them. They can help identify the problem. Go to Get Help in the upper right corner of any FamilySearch screen and select Contact Us for contact options.
Wayne Melling
23
January
2018
All of the additions are great. But don't forget to keep in mind that some of us use screen readers. Please keep the site accessible to us.
Gil Torbeck
22
January
2018
Sounds great, and I can't wait. Can you give me an update on when the Bavarian Catholic church books might again be available online or at FHCs? They suddenly became completely unavailable in late September 2017. Thank you.
Charles
22
January
2018
The efforts made by the LDS community staff and volunteers in making records available to the public is greatly appreciated, but probably insuffiently recognized. THANK YOU.