FamilySearch continues to make the website easier to use. Following are a few of the most recent changes.
Easier Access to the Wiki
Many of our patrons have asked to make it easier to find the link to the FamilySearch Wiki page. Now you can get to the wiki right from the FamilySearch search page.
Delete a Person
You can now delete a person from Family Tree. You can also restore a deleted person. As part of this change, the box containing the change history was moved above the box containing the tools. We recommend this feature be used only for deleting people who never existed and for deleting newly added people who were typed in by mistake. Use the merge feature for all other issues.
To delete a person:
- Display the person’s details page.
- Click the Delete Person option in the Tools box.
- Verify that you really want to delete the person.
- Provide a reason for deleting the person.
- Click Delete.
People whose records are from Church membership records cannot be deleted. There are also other types of restrictions that will sometimes prevent the system from deleting a person. If you encounter one of these situations, you’ll get a message stating that there are restrictions on deleting this person.
Restoring a Deleted Person
Once a person has been deleted, that person can also be restored. If you don’t know the ID number of the deleted person, you will need to:
- Display the change history of a person who was previously connected to this person.
- In the change history, find the entry that documents when the relationship was removed.
- Click the Reference link of that entry.
- Click Restore Relationship.
Print Family Group Record and Four-Generation Pedigree Charts
You can print a family group record and a four-generation pedigree chart from a person’s details page. The Print Pedigree option creates a pedigree chart. The Print Family option creates a family group record.
These two reports are created in PDF format and display in a separate browser.
No Changes to a Helper’s Change History While Helping Others
Previously, when you were signed in to help someone, the names of the people whose records you viewed were added to your own History list. This no longer occurs.
Better Labels on Browser Tabs and Back Button
When you are navigating through the Family Tree, the browser tab now displays the name of the person you are working on.
As you moved around, the Back button now lists the names of people whose records you’ve viewed. Hold down the back arrow key until the menu appears.
Restrict by State or Province
You can now restrict a search by a state, province, or county when you search historical records.
To do so, enter United States, Canada, England, or Australia into the country field. A drop-down list appears from which you can select a state, province, or county. Eventually, this feature will include more areas of the world.
The search results will contain only records from that place and records that have a primary event that occurred in that place.