Change Is Coming for FamilySearch Web Site

September 1, 2011
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Public Preview Now Available for Next Generation FamilySearch.org
28 July 2010

SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch has expanded the public preview of its next generation Web site. The beta test site can be accessed at beta.FamilySearch.org.

Feedback Sought

The site includes a new look, a new navigation system, and a host of revised features. The FamilySearch staff is eager for people to explore the site and test the tools. Even more, they hope visitors will provide feedback to improve the experience. To emphasize the point, a new “feedback” tab is prominently placed on the right side of each page.

New Tools and Services

One of the most obvious changes is a new search engine for finding and viewing records. The new search engine manages multiple databases, indexes, and images. The intent is to quickly and easily provide results based on user preferences. Although still under development, visitors can freely search hundreds of millions of names from a variety of records.

The site also includes a Research Wiki and Forums. The Research Wiki is similar to the popular Wikipedia (an online encyclopedia of information supplied by users from around the world). The Research Wiki focuses on genealogy information and already has tens of thousands of articles to help patrons understand the resources available to assist them in their research. Forums is an online meeting place where individuals can ask questions regarding family history research (or volunteer a few minutes to help answer questions from others).

Blogs have also been added so patrons can subscribe to data feeds of personal interest. As new posts are made, users will receive an email notification.

A direct link to FamilySearch Indexing is included. Indexing is a community-project that has already attracted over 300,000 volunteers from around the world to transcribe digitized records. The indexes are then available to the public to help find and access family history information.

ABOUT FAMILYSEARCH
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Paul Nauta
FamilySearch Public Affairs
nautapg@familysearch.org
801-240-6498

FamilySearch.org is an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

View the Press Release at FamilySearch.org

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