Tuesday, 14 December 2010

FamilySearch website regenerates

The new incarnation of the Mormons' FamilySearch website, for several months available in a beta version, has now been migrated to the previous version's address at www.familysearch.org. It's not quite the end of its predecessor, which will continue to be made available at www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp for a while longer - but we're now very nearly at the end of an auld song.

Family Search has issued a press release to announce the arrival of the new site:

Big Changes at FamilySearch.org

Updated Site Now Available; More Improvements to Come

SALT LAKE CITY–FamilySearch announced several changes today for its family history website, FamilySearch.org. 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• Millions more scanned, historical documents and indexes that are published more frequently.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 www.familysearch.org” and a video tutorial that summarizes the changes to the new site. These new guides can be found under the “Changes at FamilySearch.org” link.

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

(With thanks to Paul Nauta at FamilySearch)


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