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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 - 20 (32)
Thank you for your message.
ray krieger
08
January
2019
keeps asking for updated browser. have chrome installed but still get message to install new. what next.
Joan Griffis
29
December
2018
Shouldn't this title be "What's coming in 2019?
Mary Miller
28
December
2018
A while back FamilySearch offered an app so you could take a selfie and match with your ancestors on your phone but I cannot find it again. Can you send me the link, thank you!
Sarah
24
October
2018
I would like Family Search to update the site to include access to living family members... Kinda like Facebook. If privacy is the concern then assign everyone a private ID pin that they can give out at their discretion to family they don't mind sharing their tree with. I am young and have several siblings and want to be able to record our memories in real time and tag them in real time. Waiting until someone is deceased is very inconvenient and inefficient for family record and indexing and Journaling purposes. Especially for folks like me looking to exchang Facebook for Family Search for my online Journaling purposes.
Eoin
18
September
2018
I want to research a friends familytree for him but am not related. How can I add multiple home people to my login? e.g. my own plus his and switch between the 2 as I want.
Thanks
Denise Waterworth
28
December
2018
Eoin,
The Family Search Consultant resources are available to everyone...not just Family History Consultants. Help your friend make their own account then become a "Consultant" to them. Then you can work on their history as if you were them. As consultants, we generally get ideas on where to go this way without actually doing any work on them, but if your friend is looking for your help to do the work, then this will work for you.
Francis William
10
September
2018
What is the maximum numbers of names to included at Family Tree for free? I had more than 600 names of families members to be included on the tree.
Gail Hellings
23
October
2018
I'm not sure I understand your question correctly. Do you want to know how many names of family members you can add to the tree? And in addition, will you be required to pay when you've reached a certain number?

FamilyTree is a tree on FamilySearch.org which is a free website. You can add as many names as you want. You will not be charged a fee. It's free for all to use.
Does that help?
Kay Davis
07
September
2018
My desktop just upgraded to a new release of Family Search--i really like it but would like to have the same version on my laptop--How can i upgrade my laptop?
Marie davids
03
September
2018
Is there any way to trace my dad’s, George P Davids, family back more generations? I’ve got his father and mother, and both sets of his grandparents, but nobody else.
Gail Hellings
23
October
2018
What country?
Put your tree on FamilySearch by doing the following -
1. Add all of the information for each person into FamilyTree and you may get Record Hints popping in.
The more accurate your information, the more likely the Hints will find the person.
If Hints are not reaching your person be patient. More records are becoming available and will continue to do so.

2. Meanwhile, if no record hints, you could try finding records by yourself by doing the following -
Ask living family members for information.
While in a person's page use the thing on the right of the screen labelled "Search Records"
Use the websites listed in there to search for records
If you don't have a subscription to Ancestry or the others, go to a Family History Centre and to use them.
3. Get help from a consultant in a Ward or in a Family History Centre

General Rule - work backward from you. Begin with parents, their marriage often states who their parents are. Your grandparents marriage often states who their parents are. Depends on the country.
Document everything you find. Keep good records.
Craig
01
September
2018
How do I find out who entered the data for a tree? I would like to ask them about their sources.
Curtis
08
January
2019
There can be multiple people who entered data for any particular person on a tree. Every time there is data added such as a birth date or place the person who made the change is noted. To see when and the username of the person who made the change there are two ways. I'll use birth data as an example.

1. In the Android app. You first need to navigate to the persons page by clicking on them in the tree. Once you are on the page with a summary of their data you can click on any piece of that data and it will bring up another page telling you any reason given that the data is correct (sometimes none is given), when the last edit was made and the username of the person who made it. That username is a link that you can use the message that user. Further, you can click on the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the window, near the bottom of a drop down list will be an item called 'recent changes'. It will give you a history of the changes that have been made along with when they were made and who made them. Also while on the page with the particular piece of data you're looking at you can click edit. This will bring up a page they will also tell you when and who changed it last and at the bottom of that page will possibly be a list of source material they used to make the change.

2. In a Chrome browser window it is similar. When you click on a person in the tree an options menu pops up. Click on person, then click on edit for any piece of data you would like to know the history of. You can get all of that data on one page, the date of the last edit and the person who made the change. On that same page will be a link to all changes made then after that on that page will be a list of the sources to support the data, if any.

For everyone's convenience, please always check the sources before you question a change. However this is always a good way to reach out to people who are working on the same person's data.
Kamia
12
August
2018
I am 9 i want to know all of my fam. Plz
Gail Hellings
23
October
2018
Kamia,
That's wonderful.
Get help from a person who is a bit older. A family member if you know one. Get them to tell you a story about when they were younger.
One day I was looking at an old black and white photo of a man under a tree a long way in the distance. He was wearing a hat and I couldn't even see his face. He was standing in a field under a big tree with no leaves and had a dog nearby.
I didn't think the photo was worth keeping. My mother leaned over and said "Oh that's my grandfather and he's got his trousers tied on with a piece of rope. He always did that."
A whole story came out. He lived on a farm and had cows that he milked by hand and the dog was the one who rounded up the sheep.
I had to keep asking questions to get the whole story.
When you get a story like that. Write it down and keep it so you don't forget.

Good luck!!
Doris Green
12
August
2018
Hello my user name is dorisbowdengreen. As of last evening I have not been able to search records, saying there is an error.
Gail Hellings
23
October
2018
Hopefully all has corrected itself by now.

I as another user find the same thing occurs from time to time. "Refresh" is the first thing I try. It's the curly arrow at the top of the screen.
It's my feeling that FamilySearch is a website that struggles occasionally on some systems.
Chrome is the browser that works best.
Good luck with it.
Mary
01
August
2018
Why suddenly am I getting the message - ".....does not support the current version of your web browser.." I've used Family Search for years. No matter what I try - I can NOT access it. It's set on my FTM-17, isn't sending any "hints" and won't allow access from there either. I'm not happy.
Gail Hellings
23
October
2018
Use chrome as your browser. They support Chrome.
I don't know what FTM-17 is.
Internet Explorer used to be the way people got into FamilySearch. That time is gone. Chrome is the doorway in.
David Cunningham PA
22
July
2018
Trying to find American Cunninghams, I am descendant of Thomas Cunningham and Mary McNicholl of Fernaghandrum C. Tyrone. I answered an e-mail from an Eliz,Cunningham, she said her husbands father was Thomas Cunningham,but got no reply from her.
Nancy
17
June
2018
Is it true you will soon be including gay marriages?
Gail Hellings
23
October
2018
Quoting from Deseret News - find web address (copy and paste) at the end of the quote

SALT LAKE CITY — The world's largest genealogy organization is redesigning FamilySearch.org so the LDS Church-sponsored database can store and provide records of same-sex families.

FamilySearch first said in 2015 it would add a feature for same-sex relationships in the future. The major overhaul to the website's system should be ready by 2019, according to a statement on the website updated in April.

The statement said FamilySearch.org's goal is to capture accurate genealogy "that represents past, present and future families of the world."

"To support this goal," the release continued, "same-sex relationships, including same-sex parents and same-sex couples, will be provided in FamilySearch Family Tree. Several systems that surround Family Tree, such as tree and record searching, must be significantly redesigned to support same-sex relationships before Family Tree can release this capability."

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900021544/lds-churchs-familysearch-database-to-add-same-sex-families-to-family-tree-feature.html
Daniela Nogueira
31
May
2018
How can I find how many people I have on my Family tree?
How to search someone from my own Family tree?
Julia Moura
24
August
2018
I would like to know as well!
Gail Hellings
23
October
2018
I'm wondering why you want to know.
Do you want to know how many people you are related to? Or how many people you've put on there?

There isn't a way that I know of and don't think that there ever will be because no one will know who put what on since each person adding or merging or correcting changes the name attributed to the last change made.

Remember it's a "shared tree" and the hope is that others will be adding to what you've put on. As well as vice a versa.
Denise Waterworth
28
December
2018
The idea with the Family Tree on FamilySearch.org is that we are all part of one large family tree.

There should be only ONE record for each deceased person. So when I find a new genealogical record (like a newspaper article, for example) for my grandmother and connect it to her profile, my brother can see it immediately as well.

For privacy reasons, we each have a copy of any living people we input into our family tree. So when my mother passed away and family members marked her as deceased, there were now 8-10 copies of her on the tree. I carefully merged each copy (so no important information was lost) until there remained only one profile of her.

We don't count how many people are on "OUR" tree, because the branches can go on, and on, and on. We are most likely somehow related, if we go up and down and out the right branches of the tree.
Cathy Brooks
29
December
2018
You know, if you downloaded hot GEDCOM file and uploaded it to Ancestry.com, they give you the total of people. I'm up to 30,000 + and of course, ancestry can link to your tree in Family Search.
Valerie K. Brown
07
May
2018
Two years ago, Ron Tanner talked about Family Projects so that users could share their living tree with other family members to avoid duplication of records and collaboration in recording the family's living memories and information. At that time, he thought it would be available within a year. Is this still in the works?
Павел
29
April
2018
Добрый день!
Что-то случилось с Вашим сайтом? Уже несколько дней не удаётся войти.
Barbara Waagen
26
February
2018
What progress has been made in merging living person? I see it in tools and have tried to merge a duplicate of ME from a daughter who added a (duplicate of me as the "bridge" between the living and the dead). What is the plan? Love to know? Thanks.
Denise Waterworth
28
December
2018
You shouldn't be able to see your daughter's copy of you....you are still alive. Family Tree has one copy of each person who is deceased, but each user has their own copies of people who are alive. This helps preserve privacy. She'll be able to merge you when you have passed on...lets not rush that!
Jennifer L. Palmer
24
February
2018
Thank you for all your Hard Work.
Idea: I would like to see that the Photo's and Documents in Memories could have the ability to move around. Like Drag and Move according to age or year, to create a timeline in the Photo's and Documents. At the Top of the Page could be the beginning of the person's life to the bottom of the Webpage be the Cemetery information or Death Record and etc...
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?