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.
Family Tree: Possible System Outages
We only have a few new features this month because we’re working on significant improvements to FamilySearch. While the improvements are being tested, there may be a few times when the system will not be available. We have scheduled times when few users access the system. We hope you will be as excited about the improvements as we are. You’ll hear more in future editions of What’s New.
Watch Tip Videos in Full Screen
Several pages in Family Tree have Tips panels. To see the panel, at the bottom of the screen, click the Tipsicon. The panel slides out from the right side and gives you access to instructions and videos for a few tasks you can do on that page. For example, here is the Tips panel for the Memories Gallery:
When you click an item in the Table of Contents, you see brief instructions and a video demonstrating the task.
You can now watch the videos in full screen. Just click the button on the right in the video controls. When you’re done, press Esc. We’re currently upgrading all the videos so that they are clear at full screen resolution.
Memories: Improved Tagging Tool for Photos and Documents
We’ve received feedback that patrons are having trouble seeing the white tagging tool handles and lines when the photos or documents have a light background. The improved tagging tool combines black and white lines for easy viewing on light or dark backgrounds.
Memories: Gallery Will Take You Back to the Memory You Started From
If you have submitted a lot of items to Memories, you’ll probably appreciate this new feature. If you haven’t submitted a lot yet, you may not notice a difference.
All the items you submit appear in your Gallery. When you click an item, the system displays the screen where you add or modify tags and titles. When you are done and click your browser’s back button, the system used to take you back to the beginning of your Gallery. So to return to the item, you had to scroll. And if you had submitted 300 items, that could be a lot of scrolling.
Now on the page where you add tags, when you click your browser’s back button or the Go to: Gallery link, the system returns you to the item you started from.