FamilySearch Updates Enhance your Experience

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FamilySearch is proud to have the world’s largest online family tree and thrilled to provide free family history experiences to millions. In order to give users the best experience possible, we are constantly working on updates and improvements to our online experience.

To keep you up to date on the latest FamilySearch experience changes, we will be listing them here chronologically. Check back often to see how your FamilySearch experience has improved!

August 4, 2022
The ancestor pages on FamilySearch have a fresh design and many new enhancements. Read more about them here.
June 30, 2022
FamilySearch has been scanning books for over 14 years making digital copies of family histories, local histories, school yearbooks, and oth…
June 17, 2022
Our redesigned Tree Find now looks a lot like our record search pages. It’s simple, straightforward, and incredibly versatile. New filters and preferences and additional options in the side panel give you more power over your search and how you view your results. If you haven’t used it much in the past, it’s worth getting to know better! Try searching for an ancestor now or learn more about how the Tree Find works.
May 20, 2022
The 1950 United State census is now available for reviewing on the FamilySearch website. A fun and interesting way to engage your family and friends, along with the community groups you belong to, is to set up a FamilySearch family group. A family group will allow you to keep track of the progress each group member has made in reviewing the census and other record sets and to collaborate on shared indexing and reviewing projects.
March 4, 2022
Recently you may have noticed a rather important change to the FamilySearch homepage: a new tab titled Get Involved that leads to virtual volunteer opportunities. Get Involved is a new FamilySearch hub page—and mobile app—where you can volunteer to help with historical records.
January 21, 2022
On 19 May 2021, FamilySearch released FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0, the universal file specifications for uploading and downloading family tree data. Like the previous GEDCOM, FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 makes it possible to transfer family tree data from one application or website to another. This data transfer can be done without changing the original file or any of its contents.

The updated GEDCOM comes with several new enhancements that software developers have been asking for and that experienced genealogists will be excited to learn about.


Updates from Past Years

January 1, 2021
FamilySearch is always working on updates and improvements to our online experience, in order to help people all around the world find and c…
December 31, 2020
FamilySearch is always working on updates and improvements to our online experience, in order to help people all around the world find and c…
January 15, 2020
In order to give users the best experience possible, we are always working on updates and improvements to our online experience. This articl…

July 19, 2019
The FamilySearch Family Tree allows you to discover more about your family, keep track of your family tree, and share what you know with oth…

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