What’s New on FamilySearch—June 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 Family Tree Mobile App: Helper Feature Added

On the FamilySearch Family Tree mobile app, you can now teach and help others with their family history. This is called the helper feature. When you are helping someone else and sign in with that person’s username and helper number, Family Tree displays his or her family history.

This lets you teach, assist in finding names for temple ordinances, or support other users in their family history work. The feature works similarly to the helper feature on Family Tree online.

The screen displays a message that you are helping another user. When you are through helping, tap Stop.

Helper Number: By default, the helper number for members is the last 5 characters of their membership record number. This lets you help members who do not have an LDS Account. People who have an account on FamilySearch.org can see or edit their helper number in settings.

FamilySearch Family Tree Mobile App: Manage “Other Information”

On the FamilySearch Family Tree mobile app, you can now add and edit “Other Information” such as an alternate name, military service, naturalization, and residence. This will let you provide more details and improve the quality of information for your ancestors.

  1. Tap Add Other Information
  2. Tap the type of information you want to add or edit.
  3. Tap Edit to add or edit the information.


FamilySearch: Standardized Places in England

The way FamilySearch standardizes places in England has changed a little. (When you enter a place in Family Tree, the system shows you a standard way to list the place. The standard format lists a more complete place and improves users’ search results.)

For places in England, you will be able to select the format that shows either England or the United Kingdom as the country, as in this example.

If the date is from 1801 to the present, in the information stored in Family Tree, it will use the United Kingdom as the country. For dates prior to 1801, the system will use England as the country. This change may not affect what you see in the record, but it should improve the way the system handles places in England.

FamilySearch: Individuals of Unusual Size (IOUS) Can Now Be Merged

In the past, the Family Tree system had some limitations in merging duplicate records that had been merged many times. These were sometimes referred to as Individuals of Unusual Size or IOUS, because of the many pieces of data that had previously been merged. With the upgrade of the Family Tree system, the limitation is now gone so these large duplicate records can be merged. 

FamilySearch: Record Indexed Data Added to the Source Card

FamilySearch Sources now shows the indexed data when the source title is clicked and the source card is opened in Family Tree. You can choose to show or hide the data by clicking the show or hide link under the Indexed Data section of the source card. This feature will also be added to the source box in the next few weeks.

FamilySearch: Editing a Source Is Now Done In-Line

You can now edit a source in-line on any source card.

FamilySearch: Source Box Enhancement

The Source Box allows you to keep and organize record sources you have found on FamilySearch. The list of folders and the list of sources have now been separated on the screen, and users can scroll through them independently. This makes it easier to look through sources without losing one’s place in the folder, or vice versa, when you have a large number of folders and sources. It also makes it easier to drag and drop sources into folders. 


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