FamilySearch will be addressing a variety of updates at RootsTech 2019. Whether you are attending RootsTech 2019 in-person, remotely, or planning to catch up afterwards, we thought we would capture some much-anticipated FamilySearch highlights to whet your appetite—just in case you miss them with all the other exciting buzz surrounding the conference.
FamilySearch Family Tree Mobile App
FamilySearch has made significant enhancements to its free mobile app. In fact, over 90% of the website’s Family Tree functionality can now be done on this nifty, robust app. If you’re attending RootsTech, you will be able to use a cool “Relatives at RootsTech” feature that enables you to quickly see who you are related to among the thousands attending. You’ll also be able to filter your new-found relatives at the show by maternal or paternal lines, or group by ancestor.
New FamilySearch Discovery Experiences Online
Three new discovery experiences—All About Me, Picture My Heritage, and Record My Story—that have only been available in select Family Discovery Centers, will now be freely accessible and sharable online at FamilySearch.org/Discovery. Discover more about yourself and your family with these inspiring, fun, and easy-to-use features.
New Family Activities
The Family History Activities for Families page offers a series of simple activities to help people learn about themselves and their families. The activities can be a great way to help youth and children learn more about their heritage and family.
If you’ve ever done family history research online, or used technology to help you manage or share genealogy information, you are probably the beneficiary of GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) standards. GEDCOM standards enable genealogy products and services to speak to and share data with one another. FamilySearch is now updating its GEDCOM X extensions to enable functionality for documenting same-sex relationships in family tree technologies that use the FamilySearch API based on the GEDCOM X protocol. Once this change has been adopted by FamilySearch partners, FamilySearch will enable the new functionality in its Family Tree feature later in 2019.
DNA Education Pages
Have you ever wondered what DNA testing can tell you about your family? Understanding the evolving DNA technologies and DNA results is a growing need for many. FamilySearch will be launching a new web page at RootsTech 2019 that is a free, user-friendly resource that will provide simple, beginner-level answers to common DNA questions.
FamilySearch Digital Library
Did you know that, in addition to the millions of historical records FamilySearch publishes online each year from around the world, it also digitizes tens of thousands of family history-relevant books? These books contain published family histories and local histories. The new FamilySearch Digital Library has an enhanced search engine and a new user interface that makes searching fast and easy.
How to Watch RootsTech Online
Want to participate in RootsTech from the comfort of your own home? FamilySearch is the host of RootsTech, a global family history conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. See what FamilySearch-related sessions will be broadcast live for free and how to purchase a virtual pass.
To attend RootsTech and hear about these fun updates in person, visit RootsTech.org.
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