Family Tree is now available to all who use the FamilySearch website. You can find it at www.FamilySearch.org. Family Tree replaces the new.FamilySearch.org website. To begin using Family Tree, click the Family Tree link found on the FamilySearch.org home page. You can also access Family Tree directly by going to www.FamilySearch.org/tree.
Family Tree offers several useful features that will make your family history work easier and far more efficient. These features include the following:
- Share Your Data—Family Tree organizes your genealogy into an easy-to-use genealogical tree format. Data of deceased individuals within your family tree is viewable by others who may share a common interest in researching the same lines you have. Information about living people is not viewable to the general public. Your own personal information is viewable only by you.
- Collaborate with Others—Family Tree enables you to easily collaborate your research with others in order to ensure that duplication is minimized and that you get the most out of your coordinated research efforts.
- Make Corrections—Deleting incorrect data, making corrections, and changing relationships is much easier in Family Tree.
- Provide Sources—Adding sources and links is easy with Family Tree’s Source Box feature. Links to original record sources can also be added for easy access to Internet record sites.
- Preserve Your Information—FamilySearch will preserve your family tree for future generations. In the near future, it will allow you to preserve family photographs and stories for future generations to enjoy.
- Temple Submissions—Family names can be quickly and easily prepared for submission to temples around the world.
- Help Others—By using the helper feature, family history leaders are able to assist others more easily.
- Training—To receive training on these features visit the training site specifically for Family Tree at http://www.FamilySearch.org/treetraining.
Dick Eastman, creator of the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter, writes “FamilySearch.org is not the first online genealogy database to allow users to make corrections, but it is the biggest and one of the most respected. It offers everyone an opportunity to ‘groom’ the data with the results helping everyone. If that is done, the database could become highly accurate within a couple of years or so. In my mind, this is one of the best examples of collaborative genealogy.” Family Tree is one more step toward making family history research easier and more productive.