What’s New—November, 2014

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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.




More Ordinance Information on the Traditional and Descendancy Views

You can now see more information about temple ordinances on the traditional pedigree and descendancy view. When you click a temple icon for “Needs More Information,” “In Progress,” or “Ordinances Complete,” you will see a display of the ordinances. If you click the Expand link, you will see more details, including ordinance dates (if the dates are available).

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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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Members Can Edit Their Own Name and Birth Information

Because of changes in private spaces, members can now edit their own name and birth information in Family Tree.

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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Getting a Free Partner Account for 13-17 Year Olds

Church members who are 13-17 years old can now get a free account on Ancestry, My Heritage, and findmypast. When youth go to the partner URLs, they are prompted to enter their FamilySearch username and password. Once authenticated to FamilySearch, they see the screen where parent or guardian consent is required:

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With the help of a parent or guardian, the youth can enter the parent’s or guardian’s email address and follow the process to create a free partner account. Use the following URLs to create the partner accounts:

  • familysearch.org/partner/ancestry
  • familysearch.org/partner/myheritage
  • familysearch.org/partner/findmypast

The system automatically determines if you are a Church member between the ages of 13 and 17 and displays the consent screen. If you are a Church member who is 18 years or older, you will go directly to the partner page where you can create your free account. If public users use the URLs, they will see a message that indicates that they do not qualify for this offer.

Single Sign-In for FamilySearch.org and LDS.org

FamilySearch.org and LDS.org now support single sign-in, which allows users to sign in to one website and automatically have access to the other website. Since you use the same username and password for LDS.org and FamilySearch.org, you can provide that username and password and have access to both sites. Here is how you use the single sign-in.

  • Starting from FamilySearch.org: At the top right of the screen, click Sign In. On the pop-up, click the LDS Account button, and then enteryour username and password. This signs you in to FamilySearch.org. If you go to LDS.org, you will be signed in to LDS.org as well.
  • Starting from LDS.org: Sign in to LDS.org, and then go to FamilySearch.org. Click any feature on FamilySearch.org, and you will automatically have access to that feature without having to sign in to FamilySearch.org.


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Tip: To move between sites, you can either enter the other site’s URL in your browser, or you can open another tab and enter the other site’s URL.

Single sign-in works only if you use the same browser to move between the sites. For example, if you sign in to FamilySearch.org using Google Chrome and then use Internet Explorer to go to LDS.org, you will not be automatically signed in to LDS.org

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. Here is the response I received: “The FamilyTree app is available in the Apple App Store and Android Google Store. The Memories app, which allows for audio downloads is only available for Apple products, but should be ready for the Android market shortly.”
      So its coming! Sweet!

  1. I have a question regarding the first update on this post-More ordinance information on traditional and descendancy views.
    If a person that isn’t LDS has signed up for the blog will this information show up for them too, where it only pertains to members of the LDS church?
    We are serving a family history mission and are encouraging non members to use FamilySearch for their research.

    1. You should encourage them to use FamilySearch. Ordinance information will only appear on a members tree/account. It’s all about whether you sign up for an account with a member recordship number or not. Hope that helps, that is awesome that you are encouragin people to come and do research.

    2. Blog articles in the Consultant category (see the categories at the bottom of the article) aren’t shown in the main list of blog articles.

  2. Great changes! Every time I log in there is something new and I keep telling people that it just keeps getting better and easier to use! Great Job!

  3. FamilySearch is always improving. This is 7ythe best site as it is inspired from on high. Thank you all who participate is this great work.

  4. I really appreciate receiving these emails with so much new and important information in them to help with FamilySearch.org. This information not only helps me as an individual, but also helps me as a Family History Consultant in helping others. Thank you!

  5. I’ll try these out this weekend. The hints look helpful, especially the ones for the temple work. I’ve often wondered who has been adding wrong information to my tree!

  6. Several of the changes show above have already been of great value to me, as well as to the consultants and patrons in our FHC.

    The Drag and Drop to realign named while attaching source records to Family Tree individuals is very practical and intuitive.

    Add a Person: Improved Wording for a Found Match – well done. That’s simple and clear.

    Single Sign In and Filter Names in the History List – thank you!

    Let me add here one more kudo for the “new” Hints feature. What a gift.

  7. When logged into one and then opening the other as I log out it has to be both.
    Logging out on one site does not log out
    on the other……
    Is that the way it should be ?
    If so maybe others will not notice and should know ?

  8. Memories/stories
    I have retyped several stories and new ones also in Microsoft .Word. I uploaded these documents/stories and cannot see them. I have been told they need to be in PDF format. My version of MSWord does not have that feature. Is there a way that you could make it available to us. Or make MSWord documents avaiable to add to stories.

  9. Using the instructions if you what to have both sites open at the same time you must open FamilyTree in a new window. After one if you only want to sign in one time it would be helpful to let everyone know that.

    You also could have a checklist of sites you want to open when you sign in.

    What about signing off. As it is you have to sign off on each site. We could be asked how many we want to close down when signing off also. Otherwise one might forget.