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.
There are a number of significant improvements to the Family Tree’s most popular view—the landscape view. The new view is being released slowly. If you don’t see the updated view now, it will be coming.
The improvements include the following:
- Marriage Information. The marriage information is displayed for each couple.
- Users can now use the mouse scroll (in addition to clicking and dragging the screen) to move the view.
- The preferred photo is displayed for each person. This feature will be introduced gradually to ensure that the Memories system can handle the load.
- The icons for research suggestions, data problems, record hints, and temple opportunities are displayed when they are available for a person.
- Two Color Schemes. Users can choose between two color schemes (Daybreak and Nightfall).
- Simplified Alternate Parent and Spouse Selection. It is much easier to select which parents or spouse you want to see. (For example, if a woman married twice, you can choose more easily to see her with the husband who was your ancestor.)
- Easier to Identify the Descendant. It will be easy to tell at a glance whether the husband or the wife is the direct descendant of an ancestor.
- No Hover Actions. The control that lets you see the children for each couple is always displayed. You no longer have to hover over the couple to see the control. This feature improves support for touch devices.
The search form, search results, and record details pages have been updated for the Genealogies page (user-submitted names from the International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, and Community Trees). To search Genealogies, click Search at the top of the page on FamilySearch.org, and then click Genealogies.
The search form is now similar to the historical records search form, enabling you to draw on your familiarity with that form without losing the unique functionality of the Genealogies search. The search results now have new functionality, such as column headers that let you rearrange the columns and filters that help you explore the search results.
When you click a search result, the families are displayed in a way similar to the landscape pedigree in Family Tree. Some results may have arrows you can click to see more generations.
Why Is the Redesign Important?
Additional collections of tree data will soon be added to the Genealogies search. The changes allow the addition of more collections and make the tools easier to use and more efficient.
Sometimes the system indicates research suggestions and data problems that are not valid. (For example, the system may suggest that you look for a spouse for your great aunt, but your great aunt never married.) You can now dismiss invalid research suggestions and data problems so you no longer see them. However, some items will only be dismissed after you attach a source, correct a date, or remove a relationship.
Similar to dismissing a suggestion, you can also mark a record hint as “Not a Match.” For each person in Family Tree, FamilySearch.org compares the person’s information with all of the indexed records and displays the records that appear to be a match. These are called record hints. The accuracy of the matches is high, but occasionally FamilySearch.org will display a record that is not about your ancestor. You can mark the record as “Not a Match” so it won’t keep appearing on the Record Hints list.
Marking a record as “Not a Match” just got easier. On a person’s Details page, if you click the name in the record hint, the system displays the record information on a pop-up card. Compare the information on the card to the person’s information on the Details page. If the record is not a match, just click Not a Match at the bottom of the card. The system removes the record hint from that person.
Now, when you merge two records for the same person, all discussions from both records are copied to the record that is kept. Previously, discussions from the deleted record were no longer available.
The new.FamilySearch.org website was replaced by FamilySearch.org. The new.FamilySearch.org website has been closed. It still synchronizes with Family Tree on FamilySearch.org, but you cannot sign in or view new.FamilySearch.org, and third-party programs cannot access the data on the site.
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