What’s Coming to FamilySearch in 2019

January 4, 2019  - by 

The popular, free genealogy website, FamilySearch.org, has many plans for the new year, including enhanced record search and Family Tree search capabilities, new online discovery experiences, and more!

In addition to over 300 million additional historical records and images for family history discoveries, look for the following new offerings in 2019.

1. Online Interactive Discovery Experiences  

For the first time, fun discovery experiences that have been available only at life-sized, interactive kiosks in select FamilySearch venues will also be available on FamilySearch.org in 2019. Making these three discovery experiences available online will expand the reach of the activities to more patrons globally.

  • All about Me
    Have you ever wondered about the origin and meaning of your name or what events happened the year you were born?  The All about Me experience will allow you to discover these fun things about yourself, and also about your ancestors.
  • Picture My Heritage
    This simple and fun experience lets you insert yourself digitally into traditional clothing related to your heritage. On Picture My Heritage, you can save your custom photos or share them with friends and family.
  • Record My Story
    Priceless stories and memories from you or family members can be recorded on Record My Story and added—by text or audio—to FamilySearch.org or downloaded to another source.

FamilySearch 2019 what's coming: Discovery Experiences

2. Family Tree and Friends, Associates, and Neighbor (FAN) Relationships

The free FamilySearch Family Tree will give users the ability to record other relationships to an ancestor beyond immediate family members, when applicable, such as friends, associates, and neighbors (FAN). This function will aid research by allowing users to record information about other people living in an ancestor’s household as noted in a historical record, such as boarders or staff.

FamilySearch will continue to develop site experiences that enable families to connect with their ancestral homelands near and far. FamilySearch.org will also provide more help throughout the site to make it easier for visitors to accomplish key tasks with fewer detours and distractions.

3. Updated Find Capability

The FamilySearch Family Tree search capacity will be significantly updated to provide faster and better results. Another innovation will allow search engines such as Google to present names and limited facts from the Family Tree to online search queries without the searcher being signed into FamilySearch.org. This feature will enable millions of people searching for their ancestors online to discover the vast, free services FamilySearch offers them.

4. Memories

Millions of people use FamilySearch Memories to record, preserve, and share their family photos, historical documents, and stories. In 2019, users will be able to record audio remembrances related to a photo they have uploaded. Memories will also give users the capability to organize items in an album according to their interests or needs. 

5. RootsTech London 2019

The first international version of the highly successful RootsTech family history conference will be held in London on October 24–26, 2019, at the ExCel London Convention Center.

The RootsTech London 2019 convention will not replace the annual conference in Salt Lake City (held on February 27–March 2, 2019) but will be an additional RootsTech event. Registration for RootsTech London opens in February 2019.

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.


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  1. One request to consider in future development: A trail mapping tool that maps out where a person has lived. This would help tremendously especially in Scandinavian research.

    1. Most of my Danish ancestors are in the 1793-1970 time period and there are maps of each county in that time period but a map of each district in that county with place names would be so wonderful to have ready access to. As it is now, with the names being so similar, way too many incorrect merging is still taking place.

  2. What a shame you aren’t also in the direction of making it possible to find where to purchase a huge (!!!!) supply of notebook sleeves for storing hard copies. After 40 years of research, my organized files are full in individual file folders. However I wish it was possible to purchase thousands of boxes of sleeves to put papers into notebooks, which would be a better/easier review of the family stories. The cost of the huge amount needed proves to be out of reach.

    1. Hi Cecilia, I purchase a box of 250 of heavyweight sheet protectors from my local Sam’s Club for about $10. If that helps any.

  3. I like that you tell us ahead of changes. I do not like to sign on and find things have been changed without any warning. It is really hard to teach family search and then have you change it the next day. That happened to me on the last big update. Poor brother did not know how to do anything!

  4. To locate a birth record on line in Massachusetts 1845 -1915 it used to be easy. Go to Massachusetts, Click on Massachusetts Births 1845 – 195 and enter a name. The only records that showed up were from that particular set. Now everything shows up, starting with the 1940 census. It appears to be impossible to search only a defined record set.

  5. It seems to me that Family search has much MUCH less info than they used to have. I am going over my old records and can’t find a tenth of the things I found several years ago. And so few images! “Not available at this time” for just about everything…I thought it was a glitch but it has been weeks! (And I can’t even write my name on this form! Nothing shows up in the box when I type…until I go to the next box!

  6. I am a member of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints I also have my membership number .but for some reason I am unable to sign in to any of the church sites which I could do before has things changed for sign ins could you please let me know I’m feeling very frustrated .

  7. Re “allow search engines such as Google to present names and limited facts from the Family Tree to online search queries without the searcher being signed into FamilySearch.org.” I am adamantly opposed to this unless the search will return only records on those who are deceased a minimum of 100 years. I do not want MY identify stolen as a result of a simple Google search. That is, if one enters my extremely unusual last name into a search engine and it comes up with my long deceased father’s name, one could obtain a lot of otherwise hard-to-obtain facts about me (even though I am not in the tree). I realize one could retrieve the same information online at Family Search, most individuals would not know that. Please do not allow this to happen.

  8. Great genealogical initiatives. I would also like to have the ability to add video, for me, once I get the old movies digitized (8mm) I would like to upload them to my memories in Family Search.

  9. I’d like to know if there are plans to allow a user to hide their tree, or block others from changing information the user has entered. I have found that my information entered was changed by someone “administrating” my personal records and given a death date for my niece who truly isn’t dead, and the admin had no source to prove their change had any merit at all. I find that others changing information when one person has proven documents and spent hours researching is extremely discouraging for me wanting to use the site going forward. I will not continue and have to revisit all my entered information to find someone callously changed it without evening giving proof. Is there any plan to block others from changing my personally entered information for my research or shall I find alternate resources to not constantly repeat my work?

    1. Amanda, we have found the same thing. I am now seeing Family Search and Ancestry are different. Family Search is the whole family tree and no one owns it. Anybody can change it. BUT if you submit PROBLEM people who change things, that can be sent to Family Search and they can block them. Ancestry is something you own and people can’t even pick over it if you make it private.

  10. J’ai bien lu et approuve votre travail.

    Translation: I have read and agree with your work.