FamilySearch Updates Enhance your Experience

March 26, 2021  - by 
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To keep you up to date on the latest FamilySearch experience changes, we will be listing them here chronologically. Check back often to see how your FamilySearch experience has improved!


Update March 26, 2021—See Who Else Is Following the People You Follow in the Tree

In the family tree, you can follow the profiles of deceased individuals and add labels to the profiles, sort them, and get updates about changes made to them. A recent update now lets you view a list of FamilySearch users who follow the same profiles that you follow in the tree.

These other followers are often relatives or people who have been researching about the same people or profiles you follow. They may have insight or information to share. Using FamilySearch messages, you can start up a conversation and connect with these living individuals on FamilySearch.org. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Navigate to your following list by clicking the Family Tree tab and selecting Following in the drop-down menu. (If you haven’t followed anyone in the tree yet, here’s how you can get started.)
  2. To see who is following the same profiles you are following, click the three dots beside the name of a person you are following and select the People Following option in the drop-down menu.
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3. Connect with others who are following the same people by sending them a message. In the People Following list, click a user’s name, and then select Send a Message in the pop-up option.

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Update March 15, 2021—FamilySearch Community Receives New Look and Improvements

The FamilySearch Community is an online resource that helps people interested in family history connect with each other worldwide. Recently, the community has been updated with a new look and additional functionality. These changes include a more visible site navigation (now on the left sidebar of the page) and a more prominent search bar, making it easier to find what you need in the community. You can also explore some of the new and improved community sections like the Events page and Community Hub. Learn more about changes to the FamilySearch Community.

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Update March 2, 2021—New Getting Started Page

The new Getting Started page provides a variety of simple family history activities and FamilySearch resources that both beginners and genealogy veterans can appreciate. These pages also show how family history is any activity that connects us to our family stories.

You can find the Getting Started page by going to the FamilySearch homepage, clicking the question mark icon in the top right corner of the page, and selecting Getting Started in the drop-down menu. You can also visit the new page by clicking the button below!


Update January 11, 2021—Updated Ancestor Discovery Pages

You can now find some of the best experiences FamilySearch has to offer all gathered in one place—ancestor discovery pages. With FamilySearch’s updated ancestor discovery pages, you can do everything from viewing photos and timelines of your ancestors’ lives to exploring their heritage with fun interactive online activities. Learn more about the update and how to find your ancestor’s discovery page.

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  1. BUSCO INFORMACION DEL ACTA DE NACIMIENTO DE FELIX VALDES ,NACIO EN ESPAÑA 1825

    Google Translate – Spanish to English: I SEEK INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF FELIX VALDES, BORN IN SPAIN 1825

    1. Hi Gloria! Thank you for your research question. Please check out the FREE Virtual Research Strategy Sessions where you can schedule time with a specialist to help you on any family history question you may have. You can also connect with other FamilySearch users who may be able to help you, by joining the FamilySearch Community. Good luck and thank you for reading the blog!

      Google Translate – English to Spanish: ¡Hola Gloria! Gracias por su pregunta de investigación. Consulte las sesiones de estrategia de investigación virtual GRATUITAS donde puede programar el tiempo con un especialista para que lo ayude con cualquier pregunta de antecedentes familiares que pueda tener. También puede conectarse con otros usuarios de FamilySearch que puedan ayudarlo uniéndose a la Comunidad de FamilySearch . ¡Buena suerte y gracias por leer el blog!

  2. Buenas tardes, necesito el certificado de nacimiento de Jose Antonio Hidalgo Torres, nacido el 30 de Diciembre de 1730 y también el certificado de nacimiento de Capitan Juan Hidalgo Alfaro nacido en 1665. Adicionalmente necesito el acta de nacimiento de Juan de Ávila Hidalgo nacido en 1620 en Loja, Granada, Galicia, España. Muchas gracias.

    Google Translate – Spanish to English: Good afternoon, I need the birth certificate of Jose Antonio Hidalgo Torres, born on December 30, 1730 and also the birth certificate of Captain Juan Hidalgo Alfaro born in 1665. Additionally I need the birth certificate of Juan de Ávila Hidalgo born in 1620 in Loja, Granada, Galicia, Spain. Thanks a lot.

    1. Hi Francisco! Thank you for your research question. Please check out the FREE Virtual Research Strategy Sessions where you can schedule time with a specialist to help you on any family history question you may have. You can also connect with other FamilySearch users who may be able to help you, by joining the FamilySearch Community. Good luck and thank you for reading the blog!

      Google Translate – English to Spanish: ¡Hola Francisco! Gracias por su pregunta de investigación. Consulte las sesiones de estrategia de investigación virtual GRATUITAS donde puede programar el tiempo con un especialista para que lo ayude con cualquier pregunta de antecedentes familiares que pueda tener. También puede conectarse con otros usuarios de FamilySearch que puedan ayudarlo uniéndose a la Comunidad de FamilySearch . ¡Buena suerte y gracias por leer el blog!

  3. James Byron Lincoln is entered in my family tree as the parent of Catherine Gibson. This is a mistake. James Byron Lincoln is my great grandfather and is father to John Arthur Lincoln. How do I correct this error in entering data?

  4. I have served in Family History Centers for five decades or so. Often I have wished that there was a “EYE” or “Quick Flash of Letter when being typed” so that those with unsure hands or memories can check their password without revealing it to others, unless they wanted to share it. Many times the novices and especially the elderly do not keep it in a safe, handy place, or don’t remember. I have even run into the problem when I have caps lock on or simply mistyping to the point that i need to invent a new password that is not one I have used before. I have been using PCs for Family Search and PAF since the opportunities began. I noticed that the EYE was available during RootsTech and now is not. Could that be brought back? BTW, FamilySearch and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints performed a miraculous effort in advancing the spirit of Elijah.

  5. Busco informacion de Ulises Campbell Andalon

    Google Translate – Spanish to English: I’m looking for information on Ulises Campbell Andalon

    1. Hi Wilfrido! Thank you for your research question. Please check out the FREE Virtual Research Strategy Sessions where you can schedule time with a specialist to help you on any family history question you may have. You can also connect with other FamilySearch users who may be able to help you, by joining the FamilySearch Community. Good luck and thank you for reading the blog!

      Google Translate – English to Spanish: ¡Hola Wilfrido! Gracias por su pregunta de investigación. Consulte las sesiones de estrategia de investigación virtual GRATUITAS en las que puede programar el tiempo con un especialista para que lo ayude con cualquier pregunta de antecedentes familiares que pueda tener. También puede conectarse con otros usuarios de FamilySearch que puedan ayudarlo uniéndose a la Comunidad de FamilySearch . ¡Buena suerte y gracias por leer el blog!

  6. These different supporters are frequently family members or individuals who have been exploring about similar individuals or profiles you follow. They may have understanding or data to share. Utilizing FamilySearch messages, you can fire up a discussion and interface with these living people on FamilySearch.org. Here’s the way you can begin:

    Explore to your after list by tapping the Genealogical record tab and choosing Continuing in the drop-down menu. (In the event that you haven’t followed anybody in the tree yet, here’s the means by which you can begin.)

    To see who is following similar profiles you are following, click the three specks close to the name of an individual you are following and select Individuals Following alternative in the drop-down menu.