Friday, October 08, 2010

FamilySearch Goes Beta

4 Major Updates to FamilySearch Beta

October 5, 2010 - 11:00am by LawyerDC
At the end of last week we released another substantial update to the FamilySearch Beta website. In addition to the four major updates outlined below, we’ve made a large number of improvements under the hood that aren’t really visible to users of the site but make a big difference in the overall performance and function of the site. Here’s the quick list of updates.

* Redesigned Home Page
* Brand New – Getting Started Section
* Redesigned Learning Resources including online Research Courses
* Just Released - FamilySearch Center Section

Redesigned Home Page. We redesigned the home page to highlight more of the site features like the Getting Started Section, Learning Resources and FamilySearch Centers. We also added a basic browse by location feature under the search form. We plan to make the browse by location tool much more interactive over time and would love to get your suggestions of how to improve it. Click the Feedback link on the site to leave us a suggestion.Beta.FamilySearch (BLOG)

How to Use Google Advanced Search for Genealogy - Part 1

How to Use Google Advanced Search for Genealogy - Part 1
This article discusses how genealogists can get the most out of Google’s advanced search capabilities. As many people quickly discover, simply typing in the name of your ancestor in Google is not going to get you what you want. You need to be a bit more sophisticated in your Google search queries if you want to have success in finding the correct genealogy record. In this article, we will show you simple and proven techniques that genealogists can use with Google to help you find your ancestors.

The first step in a genealogy search is to make sure you use the Google Advanced Search page, which can be accessed by clicking on the link on the main Google search page, as shown above.