What’s New in FamilySearch—September, 2014

October 22, 2014  - by 

Each month, FamilySearch will publish a collective list of new changes and updates to the FamilySearch website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as well as all other part of FamilySearch. In some cases, these changes will also be published as individual articles where the needs to do so exists.




Changes to Memories Are Included in the List of Latest Changes

When you attach, detach, and modify memories (photos, stories, documents, and so on), those actions are now tracked in Latest Changes.

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You Can Filter Names in the History List

The history list displays the names of the last 50 people you looked at in Family Tree or on a person’s Details page. You can now filter the history list to find a person more quickly. Type names, dates, or personal identification numbers (PIDs), and when you press Enter, you see the people who match the information. If you enter information for one specific person, when you press Enter, the system goes to that person.

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Learning Center Pages

New help pages for FamilySearch mobile Apps and for learning about FamilySearch partners have been added to the Help Center. To get to the help pages, click Get Help in the upper right corner, then click Help Center, and click Partners or Mobile. At this time, the Partners option is available only for those who sign in with an LDS Account.

When more help content is added about these features, it will be available on the help pages.

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Improvements to Source Linker

Source Linker is the name of the new tool that helps you add sources to Family Tree. Testing of Source Linker has identified some changes that will increase user understanding and efficiency.

Add a Person: Improved Wording for a Found Match

When a record has a person that Source Linker doesn’t find in Family Tree, you can add the person to Family Tree. When you click the Add link, you can add information you know about the person. The system again looks for the person in Family Tree. If the system finds a possible match, the wording for the message will make it clearer that there may already be a person in Family Tree that matches the person you are trying to add. It tells you to review the possible match, and it explains what you need to do.

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View Image From the Record Details Popup

Users who view the indexed information from a record (record details) often want to see an image of the original record. A link has been added to the pop-up that lets you switch easily between the record details and the image.

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Drag and Drop Tool Tip

On the screen, Source Linker displays the people from a record on the left side and the family from Family Tree on the right side. Sometimes you need to move a person on the left side to align with the correct person in Family Tree. When you hover on the drag arrows, you now see a pop-up message that tells you that you can click and drag the person to the place you need.

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Location Information in Search Map

The record information on the search map has been improved. When you click Search and then click a region on the map, you are asked to choose a location. Click the location (country, state, province, and so on), and you see the number of collections for the location, the years covered by those collections, the number of indexed records, and the number of unindexed images.

You can use the information to see how much information FamilySearch.org has for the place, to see whether the records include the years your ancestor lived there, and to decide to search the indexed records or to browse the unindexed images.

Click the Start researching link to go to the records.

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  1. Hi, I find the Family Tree system terrible difficult to negotiate. How does one deal with ancestors who have different ID numbers for each event, various spelling of name and diff dates? Not to mention the many incorrect family links. I have documented my ancestry going back several hundred years, checking and correcting each one of these items would be a huge undertaking. thank you Sandy Dyson

    1. A good start is to check for duplicates, which can solve a lot of problems, it then will also show that they USE to have a different ID before, give it a try, we are the “clean up” generation.
      Wrong family connections can be delete in your tree, please check twice before you do delete anyone out of your tree, sometimes they are cousins you don’t know about yet.

      1. That’s fine as far as it goes, but FamilySearch blocks you in many instances from making merges by giving you a message dating “these individuals cannot be merged” even when they clearly are the same person. The delete option for a duplicate is often unwieldy and impractical, especially when many wives or children involved. If you are lucky enough to tie into royal lines and extended genealogies are involved then the problems of merging get overwhelming. For example, the number emperor Charlemagne duplicates and variants are staggering – along with name variants and errors that need correcting, too. The system won’t allow us to merge all of them – I know after spending several days at it. What is needed is: 1. A series of volunteer task force teams to put together authoritative genealogies, biographies, photos, documents and sources for all European royals prior to 1500; 2. The fertile minds at Intellectual Reserve and volunteer cohorts from Silicon Valley to come up with a computer program formula to identify all pre-1500 individuals on the FamilySearch platform, consolidate duplicates, and merge with the corrected royals templates that then would be “locked” to prevent adding any new info to the corrected datasets without permission from FamilySearch administrators. That way we’d all be operating off the same basic facts about early ancestors. Over time, this could be done for other pre-1500 groups such as Bible genealogies (back to Adam and Eve), ancient Irish, Scottish, Romans, Chinese, etc. As an added bonus, the Church could issue these authoritative genealogies as CD’s for sale to the public which I believe would be widely welcomed.

        1. In that case go to get help and email your problem, you will get a case number and hear from them what you can do, and sometimes if you wait a week or so and try to merge then it might work.

  2. I am a familyhistory Consultant, so do get your Newsletter, I also receive FS Blog daily. Would this mean that FamilySearch will do an update so that I don’t have to open so many emails.