Saturday, December 18, 2010

FamilySearch Bloginar

Click on this link to View the recorded online presentation:
Click Here (Recorded Playback)
When: Originally on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Noon to 1:15 p.m. MST
Where: Online (Now Recorded)


12:00 Welcome. FamilySearch Bloginar Overview
12:05 New Online Collections
Indexing Update
RootsTech 2011 Update

12:15 Next Generation ( Latest Tips and Tricks
November Upgrade(s)
- Catalog place search
December Upgrades
- New search forms
- Date context fixes
- Other search results improvements
Upcoming Changes (January/February)
- Filters
- Collection specific search
- Exact/close/partial controls
13:00 Questions and Answers

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Meeting Name: FamilySearch December 2010 Bloginar
When: 12/15/2010 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Bloginar presentation and recording will be made available following the bloginar.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Big Changes at

Big Changes at
Updated Site Now Available; More Improvements to Come

SALT LAKE CITY–FamilySearch announced several changes today for its family history website, Online patrons will find millions of new records and images, over 40,000 helpful articles, over 100 interactive courses of instruction, and a dynamic forum to ask personal genealogy questions. The changes have been in testing for some time. FamilySearch will continue to implement the new website in phases to ensure all critical elements are functioning as desired. Once complete, the website will be promoted more broadly.

The new site offers the following free benefits to FamilySearch patrons:

• Millions more scanned, historical documents and indexes that are published more frequently.
• An improved search experience that looks through more content and gives more accurate results.
• A thriving online genealogical community where patrons can give and receive help.
• One user name and password for all FamilySearch products and services.
• Responsive, reliable, and scalable hardware and software that will allow the site to grow and improve.

FamilySearch has published a helpful document called “Adjusting to the New Version of” and a video tutorial that summarizes the changes to the new site. These new guides can be found under the “Changes at” link.

The prior version of the site will still be available through the transition period.

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 or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.