The latest release of FamilySearch includes only a few changes, none of which were huge. These changes were made to make your search experience a little easier and to speed things up. They include the following:
Search Form Refinements
Small tweaks in formatting and presentation were made to address some issues that users voiced a concern about. For example, the search fields now have a descriptive word or two to help you know exactly what information should go into a field.
The All Record Collections Page
FamilySearch adds new records collections almost daily. We are quickly approaching our 1,000th record collection. While it’s wonderful to see so many record collections being added for your use, it also means that it takes significantly more time to upload collections. Some have noticed that the system seems to be responding slowly when uploading a record collection. We have fixed that problem so that all record collections upload nearly 400% faster.
Several other behind the scene changes were made that users will probably not notice but will make the search experience in FamilySearch a better experience for everyone. We hope these changes are helpful.
We’re currently engaged in focus group testing of a new main page interface that allows for easier search, location of records, and an improved new user experience. Look for that in second quarter.
What has everyone at FamilySearch excited is the launch of the family tree. By end of year we’ll be rolling it out to all users.