On May 29, 2013, the former Genealogical Records Division announced they would be changing their name to the FamilySearch Records Division. The new name is only the start to other new and exciting changes. As part of the change, they will begin to add new living records, work more with other online genealogy service providers, and create new tools that will make doing your family history easier and more exciting than ever!
One of the most exciting announcements made as part of the name changing process was the plan for the FamilySearch Records Division to work more closely with partners. Rod Deguilio, the director, explained that they would be creating a team devoted solely to working with commercial partners to help those who are searching for their families. Some of these teams will include companies such as Ancestry and MyHeritage, among others. Working more with these service providers will allow people to help find and work with records in order to do their family history.
And speaking of records, new endeavors are underway to find and publish more than ever! It’s a fact that the majority of those who use FamilySearch consider the search tool to be one of their most valuable assets. In order to make that tool even more efficient, another team has been put together that will be dedicated to finding more emotionally engaging records. What does emotionally engaging mean? That’s the most exciting part! A new emphasis is being placed on not only finding more interesting records of those past, such as obituaries and gravestones, but on publishing living records as well. This means that you will be able to search for information about family members who are still living. These new living records will especially benefit those who are just starting and need some extra help.
Another part of providing more emotionally engaging records is widening the scope of the kind of records that will be provided. One of the goals of the new FSRD is to continue finding records that provide valuable information, but also to find records that help one feel closer to those they are researching. One of the most exciting and life-changing parts of doing family history is feeling a connection with those that have gone on before and the records we search for should help do that. Some types of these records may include:
- Family Photo Albums
- Information on Origin of Surname
- Oral Records
In addition to all of this, be on the lookout for new tools in the future that will help those young and old to do their family history. Many plans are just starting in order to help make finding your ancestors less stressful and more fun.