What’s New on FamilySearch—April 2016

April 27, 2016  - by 

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





Recently Released

Change in Release Schedule of What’s New on FamilySearch

The release date for What’s New on FamilySearch has been moved from the last Friday of each month to the last Thursday.

Memories: The Submission Agreement for the Memories Gallery

The first time you upload memories using the Gallery, you will be asked to accept the FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement. To indicate that you will comply with the agreement, you must check the box. To read the FamilySearch.org Content Submission Agreement and the Upload Guidelines pages, click the links. If you do not accept, you will not be able to upload memories.

When You Change Information, How Many Users Will Be Notified?

When You Change Information, How Many Users Will Be Notified?
Last month this feature was reported in Coming Soon. It is now available:

To increase the collaborative feel of Family Tree, when you edit a person’s information, like birth or occupation, the system now displays the number of users who are watching that person. Watching means that users have asked the system to notify them when changes or additions are made to the person in Family Tree. If no one is watching the person, the banner does not appear.

Coming Soon

Search: Updated Person Card

The person card displayed on the search pages is being updated to match the person card that you see in Family Tree.
This feature appeared last month in the Recently Released section, but it should have been included in Coming Soon.

The person card displayed on the search pages is being updated to match the person card that you see in Family Tree. The new card includes the Watch or Unwatch control and the number of Sources, Discussions, and Memories. If you are signed in as an LDS Church member, it also includes temple ordinance status.


Search: User-to-User Messaging Available in More Sections of FamilySearch.org

In Genealogies, users who view tree data often would like to contact the submitter of the GEDCOM file. Also, users who are attaching records to ancestors often find information contributed by another user and would like to contact that user.

To enable greater collaboration, the new user-to-user messaging system (which is also in other areas of the website) will soon be available to you in both the Genealogies and SourceLinker sections of FamilySearch.org.

When you click the contributor’s name, you see the contact information the contributor has given to FamilySearch.org. You can then click Send a Message to contact the contributor.

User-to-User Messaging Available in More Sections of FamilySearch.org

Search: Attach an Unindexed Image to Family Tree

FamilySearch has made it easier to attach an image that has not been indexed to a person in Family Tree. If you find an unindexed image that has information about your ancestor, you will be able to edit the title, select the Family Tree person to attach the image to, provide a reason statement, and attach the image to other family members who may appear or be mentioned in the image.

The attach pane will be on the right side, which lets you still see the image while you attach it to the person in Family Tree.

Attach an Unindexed Image to Family Tree

After selecting the first person, if you want to attach the image to additional people, click the Attach and Select More People button. Other family members from Family Tree will be listed, and you can select the ones you want to attach the image to.

Attach an Unindexed Image to Family Tree

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  1. I am sorry but I am confused as to what an unindexed image is, I assumed that the images are in Family Search because they have been indexed, are unindexed images from another source.

    1. FamilySearch has many image collections available online to browse that have not yet been indexed. If you are using the normal search feature, then yes, everything you come across has been indexed, but if you are just browsing image collections, then there is a chance it has not yet been indexed.

      1. I am wondering where we go to access these unindexed image collections. I don’t believe I’ve run onto this before. Is it part of FamilySearch or is it online elsewhere?

        1. When you go to https://familysearch.org/search/ you have the option on the left of searching using the ancestor’s information. This is generally searching through indexed records. On that same page there are options to search by location or collection. When searching by collection, it may show up and simply say “Browse Images” instead of showing how many records are in it. When searching by location, there will be a section that allows you to search “image only” records. In both of these instances, you will be looking through unindexed images.

    2. Go to the FamilySearch online catalog (located under Search). Search for a specific Place, remembering that some records are national; some are state; some are local. Once you have the Place results choose a record. If there are film copies of that record, scroll to film notes. Within the film notes you may find microfilm rolls with a camera icon to the right. These records are digitized. if there is not also a magnifying glass icon that means the record is not indexed. These are considered “browse only” records–digitized, but not yet indexed. However, you may find a filmed index within the record which was done by the archive or courthouse. No magnifying glass means that FamilySearch has not indexed the record.