What’s New on FamilySearch.org—May 2015, Part 1


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.



Status of the Redesigned Landscape View

The redesigned design of the Landscape view has been released and is now available to all users.

Resolving Possible Duplicates and Data Problems before Reserving Ordinances

Currently, there is still a high percentage of duplicate ordinances being done. In an effort to reduce duplication, if there are possible duplicates or data problems for a deceased person in Family Tree, the system no longer allows you to reserve the ordinances until the duplicates or data problems are resolved.

Sometimes duplication happens because there is more than one record for a person in Family Tree. (For example, one record shows that ordinances are needed, but another record has the ordinance dates.) When you try to reserve the ordinances, this message will now appear:



To prevent the ordinances from being duplicated, you need to resolve the possible duplicates. (If there are two records for the same person, merge the records. If the records are for two separate people, mark the possible duplicate as Not a Match.)

Sometimes duplication is caused by reserving ordinances before correcting problems in the data. (For example, the problem may indicate that a child has been added to the wrong family.) Once the problem is corrected, you may find that the ordinance work was already done. When there are data problems, you will see a message that tells you what the data problem is.





Fix the data problem before reserving the ordinances.

Family Tree: Complying with the 110-Year Rule

On April 15, we added a check to ensure that patrons are following the 110-year rule when reserving ordinances for ancestors. If a deceased person was born in the last 110 years, you must be the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of the person to reserve his or her temple ordinances. If you are not the spouse, parent, child, or sibling, when you click the icon to reserve the ordinances, you will see this message:





If a close living relative of the person has given you permission to do the ordinances, or if you have information that proves that the person has no close living relatives, you may click Request Permission, and submit a request. You will need to supply contact information for the person who gave you permission. If your request is approved, the ordinances will appear on your temple reservation list.

SourceLinker: Duplicate Checking and Assuming “Deceased”

The SourceLinker attach tool helps you attach information from a record to people in Family Tree. If you add a new person from the record into Family Tree, the system will perform a duplicate check to make certain the person is not already in Family Tree.

In the past, even if a person lived more than 110 years ago, the system required you to mark that the person was deceased. Now, when you add a new person, the system will automatically mark the person as deceased if any event on the record happened more than 110 years ago.

SourceLinker: Opening an Image in a New Window

In the SourceLinker attach tool, you can click “Open in a new window” to view the record you are linking in a pop-up window. This popup does not have all of the controls found in the full image viewer.





The benefit is that the image in the pop-up does not close after you attach the record as a source. This lets you keep the image on your screen so that you can use it to look for more information.

Mobile Apps: Add and Edit People

We recently updated the Android and iOS mobile apps for Family Tree. You can now use the apps to edit existing information and add people to Family Tree. When you edit information, you are asked to supply a reason why you believe your changes are correct.

If your mobile device is not connected to the Internet, you can still use the app to view information, photos, and stories in Family Tree. You will need to be connected to the Internet to add people and edit information. This ensures the integrity of the data, and the update should increase your ability to find ancestors.

AddingPeople and Changing Information from the Person Screen

  • To add a person to someone’s record in Family Tree, tap the Add
  • To edit information, go to Details, tap the information, and tap the Edit
  • To remove information, go to Details, tap the information, and tap the Delete













Adding Peoplefromthe Landscape or Descendancy View

  1. Tap the + icon.
  2. Enter the person’s information.
  3. Tap Continue.














Search Results on Small Screens: Improved Design

In search results on small screens (such as a phone), it is difficult to show three columns (name, events, and relationships). Now, when results are displayed on a small screen, the relationships column is hidden. You see a new drop-down control that lets you switch between the events and relationship columns.


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