What’s New on FamilySearch—October, 2015


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

Family Tree: Printing Pedigree Charts and Family Group Records

In Family Tree, from a person page, you can print several charts and records.







Now, the date you print a pedigree chart or family group record (with or without sources) is printed on the form. This will help you identify how current the information is.





Search: Feedback for Auto-Indexed Records

In August, we reported that FamilySearch.org has begun publishing collections that have been indexed by automated indexing tools.

To help improve the tools, your feedback is needed. On auto-indexed records only, you will see a tab labeled “Errors?” at the bottom of the page.




If you find the automated tools have made an error, please click the Errors? tab, and report the problem.









Memories: The People Page Now Has a Help Tray

You may have noticed that several pages on FamilySearch.org have a Tips icon in the bottom right corner.

When you click the Tips icon, you’ll see a panel that links to tips about some of the features on that specific page. The panel is called the “help tray.” A help tray is now available on the People page in Memories.

How to See the Tips for the People Page

  1. At the top of the screen, click Memories. Then click People.




  1. On the lower right corner of the screen, click the Tips icon. The system displays the help tray.
  2. To see the tips for a topic, click the topic in the table of contents.

















Coming Soon

New Features in the Family Members Section Make Correcting Relationships Easier

The new features in the Family Members section are being released incrementally, so if you aren’t seeing it now, you will be soon.

Have you clicked an edit icon lately in the Family Members section? You’ll find the icons on the Person page in Family Tree. You may have thought, “Wow. That’s different.” You’re right. There’s a new feature attached to the edit icons that makes it easier to see and correct family relationships and add sources. For example, if the wrong mother is listed for a large family, you can now change the wife and mother in a single operation!











What’s New

When you click an edit icon, you’ll now see a fly-out (it’s similar to a pop-up). The fly-out gives you more information and makes it easier for you to modify relationships and add sources—without going to another page! You’ll still see the other family members, which will make it easier to see how your changes impact the family.












What You Can Do

When you click an edit icon, here are some of the changes you can make using the fly-out:

  • Add or modify marriage information for the parents.
  • Change the parents for a child. (Tip: To change a parent for all the children listed, use the edit relationship icon for the husband and wife.)
  • Change an incorrect spouse.
  • Add or change the relationship type (such as biological, step, or adopted).
  • Add sources that show that the relationship is correct.

When you click a Wrong Person or Wrong Parents link, you’ll have the option to remove or replace the incorrect person.










If you use touch devices (like iPads), you’ll always see the link to open the relationship fly-outs. And all members of the family will be displayed with their default portrait!

So when you see the new fly-out, try it out. We think you’ll enjoy the new possibilities!

Memories: Gallery

Soon when you click Memories, you’ll see a memories gallery. The gallery brings all of the items you have uploaded (photos, stories, documents, audio) together on one page. It also makes it easier to organize your items into albums.

Previously, you had to go to different pages–Photos, Stories, Documents, and Audio—to see all the items you had uploaded. If you couldn’t remember whether an item was uploaded as a photo or as a document, you had to search each page. There was no way to see all of your items in one place.

Our users have frequently asked for a way to organize their memories into albums. There is an album feature in Memories, but users weren’t finding the feature, and it was a bit awkward to use. With the gallery, you will be able to drag and drop your Memories items into albums. The gallery will make it easier to create and manage albums.










Mobile Apps: Record Hinting

If you are using a mobile app and there are record hints for people in your pedigree lists, you will see a blue icon (the same as the web icon) on the person’s details header. Click the icon to see the list of record hints.

You will be able to see that an ancestor has a possible record to review. You can attach the record as a source. If you find new ancestors in the record, you can add them to the tree. In the future, we will provide a feature that will expand the list of persons with hints.

Mobile Apps: Manage Relationships

The ability to edit, delete, or remove spouse relationships or parent and child relationships using the mobile apps is coming.

War of 1812 Campaign

As part of our new campaign, FamilySearch.org has taken lists of people who served in the War of 1812 and identified their living descendants in the Family Tree. Their descendants will receive an email inviting them to find their ancestors who served in the War of 1812 and view their pension files on FamilySearch and Fold3 (owned by Ancestry.com).

The War of 1812 Pension Files are rich with information about the soldiers who served. The files often includes a soldier’s full name, age, place of residence, service data and dates, the organization he served in, his rank, the acres granted for bounty land, the soldier’s death date and place, his widow’s name and maiden name, marriage date and place, widow’s death date and place, and also the names of his previous wives, if any. You can often find marriage records, death records, obituaries, family Bible pages, and other valuable documents within the pension files. In many cases, there is enough information in the pension file to identify the veteran or his wife in Family Tree. Descendants will be able to add missing details in Family Tree about the soldier, his wife, and extended family members based upon the details provided in the pension file. The War of 1812 pension files were never microfilmed, so access to these records prior to today was very limited. The Federation of Genealogical Societies, in partnership with the National Archives Records Administration (NARA), Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, FamilySearch, and others, are working together on this community project to digitize the 7.2 million pages of records within the pension files for the War of 1812.











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