Monday, September 29, 2008

New FamilySearch

The Church has developed a new FamilySearch that they are implementing by temple district. We're in the Washington, D.C. temple district and just got it. Adam has been looking forward to this for over a year, ever since he got to beta-test it back when he was working at the family history lab at BYU. I've always enjoyed famly history but my desire to do it has waned a lot since leaving home. I liked helping my mom, but when it comes to doing my own research, I haven't done much. However, this new FamilySearch has increased my interest once again. It kind of mixes together PAF and IGI and the old FamilySearch and the even older Ancestral File. So anyone can submit information and it combines it all. The old AF did that too, but it had definite flaws which this new site has mostly fixed. Oh, and the coolest thing is that this new site makes TempleReady and floppy disks obsolete! Now you can just print a name of your family member off the internet with a barcode, show up at the temple, and they'll use the barcode to create a little blue or pink or yellow card.

So yeah, if you're interested and you're not in Utah, which will get it last, you can go to new.familysearch.org. Actually, you can probably use it in Utah as well, you just can't set up your own account yet. Also, familysearchindexing.org is the new way that the Church does indexing. It's much easier than staring at a sheaf of paper with a magnifying glass, and anyone can sign up to do it. The site pilot.familysearch.org has all of the indexed records for anyone to search. So if your family history has stalled, maybe you'll find ancestors on one of the newly indexed records!

If you hate family history and this post has bored you to sleep, sorry. I like it!

4 comments:

Jolena said...
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Jolena said...

I think it's cool! I wish it was in Utah already. Not that I have much time to work on Family History, let alone everything else I'm supposed to be doing. By the way, it might be a good idea to start looking at options for coming out to Utah in January. Maybe around the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Just thought I'd share. I wouldn't buy yet, but probably soon.

Elise said...

Hey, we're excited about it too! We had a chance to set things up before it became available here because our FH coordinator had access and showed us around...it was so neat. I'm excited to delve into it more. Let me know if you have any tips!

Shalyse said...

I am so happy for you that you have the New Family Search. I have been waiting a long time for it. I can't wait until they finally open it up out here! We love you Adam, Tori, and Katrina! :)