What’s New on FamilySearch—August 2016


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

FamilySearch: Add Unindexed Images

You can now link unindexed (browse only) images to a person in the Family Tree. Previously you had to go through the attach process for each person in the image. The new flow will greatly reduce the number of steps you must take to properly attach an image to all family members in your tree.

  1. In the first step you give the photo a title and add notes about the image. The notes are not indexed, nor is the data in fields searchable, but the notes can be viewed on the source attachment in the Family Tee.

  2. During the second step you can select a person in the Family Tree to attach the image to. You then select the person’s surrounding relatives (spouses, children, parents, siblings) to the image.

  3. For the third step you add a statement about why you believe the people in the image are the same as the people in your Family Tree.

  4. You will be alerted that the attachment successfully took place.


FamilySearch: Help in Creating New FamilySearch Accounts for Church Members

One of the roadblocks many Church members have when creating an account on FamilySearch is in not knowing their record number.  FamilySearch uses this to verify who you are, build your family tree for the first time, and allow access for members to use temple features.  If new users start to create an account but don’t know their Record Number, they can choose instead to answer some questions proving who they are.  After verifying the answers against Church membership information, FamilySearch will be able to add the record number to their account so they can do temple work for their ancestors.  The feature is currently available in English.  Other languages will follow.

  1. Complete the personal information on the registration page, including your country and birth date. On being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, click Yes.

  2. Click Answer questions.
  3. You will be presented with one of many possible questions. Answer the question correctly. Complete the registration by completing the captcha and clicking Create account. Your account will be created as though you had provided your membership record number.

FamilySearch: New Logged-In Home Page

FamilySearch will soon be rolling out a new dashboard for you when you are logged in to FamilySearch. The content on dashboard will be customized to you based on your preferences and activity in the Tree. You will be able to view photos and read stories about your ancestors that have been recently added from other patrons. You can comment on these photos and stories and share them on social media.

FamilySearch will also provide recommended tasks that you can view and then work on to further your family history work. In addition, there is a list of recently viewed ancestors so you can pick up where you left off and a to-do list so you can plan your future work. This new dashboard will help inspire you to learn more about your ancestors and give you tools that will help you complete your family history work.


Memories: Landing Page

Our memories page has been updated. This update will help you to better understand the multiple functions of Memories, not just the Gallery.

Memories App: Audio Recording

When recording audio, you can now use suggested questions provided from FamilySearch to conduct interviews and learn more about your ancestors. 

Family Tree Mobile:

Search General Historical Records

In your main menu, a Search Historical Records button has been added. This is the same as going to the Search menu on your main FamilySearch web page.

Access the Ancestry Website

You can search Ancestry for a person’s historical records. On the person page, the app has an option to search records for that person in FamilySearch. The app will also let you choose “Ancestry” and will open a browser on the device and take the user to the Ancestry website.

Add and Edit Person Notes

You can now add and edit Notes for a person. Under the Person Details tab, the app will show notes for a person that has any Notes. You can also add a Note.

Photos, Stories, and Audio Files in One List View

You can view the photos, stories, and audio files for a person in one list view on the tab menu bar for a person.

Person’s Event Map

You can now open a map for the places of a person’s event. You will see this map when you open a vital event of your ancestors to view more details. Maps are currently only featured on iOS, but will be available on Android soon.

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