Family history center directors may have noticed that we have combined the consultant newsletter and the family center director newsletter this year and are calling it “My Family History Calling: News You Need to Succeed—For Priesthood Leaders, Consultants, and Center Directors.”
We appreciate all the work you do as family history center directors. We are excited about new changes happening in the Family History Department and how it will affect all of us. This issue is to let you know that at RootsTech we will preview what those changes will be.
We’re working hard to create new and engaging experiences that help more people discover, preserve, and share their family story. I would like to take some time here and talk about why these enhancements were made.
Why do we keep making upgrades to FamilySearch? We have hundreds of thousands of people who use FamilySearch, and to put it simply, we need to regularly upgrade our technology to keep up with new tools and new users. Website enhancements are the only way to do that—and to allow us to grow the infrastructure required to acquire and host record collections at a rate that would be impossible without upgrades. Some of these collections contain several million records. Our database has grown so fast that the old FamilySearch system needed to be revitalized to handle storing and manipulating such huge databases and user numbers.
While it is impossible to make everyone happy, we feel very good with the number of people who are pleased with how FamilySearch is evolving. Yes, we’ve heard some negative comments and we take them seriously. Our developers read every one of your comments and consider what you have to say. But we have also heard from folks who are quite happy with what FamilySearch has to offer.
Here are some of the positive things our users are saying on the blog:
- I really like it when folks come together and share ideas. Great site, continue the good work!
- I can’t believe all the information I can find on FamilySearch now that I couldn’t find in the old days with the old FamilySearch.
- Thanks for all the training you provide. I had no idea that there are so many video classes I could take until my ward family history consultant showed me last Sunday. She also showed me wiki researches and so many other things. This is great. THANK YOU!!!
You’re our front line with users. Thanks you for all you do!