As FamilySearch.org continues to change, we provide information about changes that have been made or will soon be made. Some of the most recent changes that are part of the next release of FamilySearch include:
The Removal of the Feedback Tab
The Feedback tab was originally part of the beta version of FamilySearch. It provided a visual reminder for testers to provide feedback on their testing experiences. Now that the beta test is over, we don’t need to have the Feedback feature so prominently displayed.
You can still provide feedback by:
- Using the Feedback link located at the bottom right corner of the home page, or
- By click on the Help tab in the upper right corner of the home page. That will take you to the Help Center, where you can click the Feedback link.
A New Viewer for Images
Up to now, FamilySearch.org has required that you use Flash to view images of records. However, Flash does not work on many mobile devices. Images on FamilySearch,org are now displayed directly in your browser using HTML. This new viewer looks almost the same as the old Flash one. You don’t need to do anything to prepare your computer to use this new viewer.
The following two changes are the most noticeable:
- The Flash viewer let you indicate a specific section of a record to print. Now when you click the Print button, the system prints exactly what is shown on the screen.
- The thumbnail version of the image, which was located in the bottom left corner has been removed. Instead of using the thumbnail to move an image around on your screen, you can click anywhere on the image and drag it where you need it.
A New Layout for Search Results
Search results will now be viewed using a new format. The new format will make viewing search results easier to view by clustering information into similar groupings within columns. The first column contains the name of the individual, the name of the collection the person was found in, and the time period the record collection covers. The second column includes information about event dates and places. The third column includes relationship information, such as spouse, children, and other family relationships.
In this new layout, it is much easier to scan the results quickly for dates, places, and relationships.
Notes that were part of original Pedigree Research File (PRF) submissions are now displayed on the results screen.
Ancestral File Number (AFN)
When you search Trees, you can now search by using the Ancestral File number (AFN). This number was once assigned to records in the Ancestral File. This is a fast way to find a specific person if you know his or her AFN.