Each month, FamilySearch publishes a list of new changes and updates to the FamilySearch.org website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as well as other parts of FamilySearch.org. In some cases, these changes will also be published as individual articles where the need to do so exists.
Status of the Redesigned Landscape View
The redesigned Landscape view has been released to all users.
SourceLinker: Duplicate Checking and Assuming “Deceased”
The SourceLinker attach tool helps you attach information from a record to people in Family Tree. If you add a new person from the record into Family Tree, the system will perform a duplicate check to make certain the person is not already in Family Tree.
In the past, even if a person lived more than 110 years ago, the system required you to mark that the person was deceased. Now, when you add a new person, the system will automatically mark the person as deceased if any event on the record happened more than 110 years ago.
SourceLinker: Opening an Image in a New Window
In the SourceLinker attach tool, you can click “Open in a new window” to view the record you are linking in a pop-up window. This popup does not have all of the controls found in the full image viewer.
The benefit is that the image in the pop-up does not close after you attach the record as a source. This lets you keep the image on your screen so that you can use it to look for more information.
Mobile Apps: Add and Edit People
We recently updated the Android and iOS mobile apps for Family Tree. You can now use the apps to edit existing information and add people to Family Tree. When you edit information, you are asked to supply a reason why you believe your changes are correct.
If your mobile device is not connected to the Internet, you can still use the app to view information, photos, and stories in Family Tree. You will need to be connected to the Internet to add people and edit information. This ensures the integrity of the data, and the update should increase your ability to find ancestors.
Adding People and Changing Information from the Person Screen
- To add a person to someone’s record in Family Tree, tap the Add
- To edit information, go to Details, tap the information, and tap the Edit
- To remove information, go to Details, tap the information, and tap the Delete
Adding People from the Landscape or Descendancy View
- Tap the + icon.
- Enter the person’s information.
- Tap Continue.
Search Results on Small Screens: Improved Design
In search results on small screens (such as a phone), it is difficult to show three columns (name, events, and relationships). Now, when results are displayed on a small screen, the relationships column is hidden. You see a new drop-down control that lets you switch between the events and relationship columns.
A “Sticky” Column Header Row for Search Results
Before when you searched for a person, the column headings would scroll off the top of the screen, and you had to remember what information was listed in each column. Now when you are scrolling down search results, when the column headings get to the top of the screen, they will stay there, and the results will scroll below them.
This gives you the maximum screen area to evaluate multiple search results. This is especially helpful if you are expanding the results to view the record details. You can also see what information is in each column and adjust column width and placement.
Offsite Icon When an Image Is Available on Another Website
Sometimes a historical record on FamilySearch.org includes an image of the original record. Sometimes the historical record has only the information that was indexed, but you can see an image of the original record on another website. The records now have an icon that indicates that the image is on another website. This helps you know that when you click View Image, you will be going to a different website.
When an image of the original record is on FamilySearch.org, you see a small camera icon. When the image is on a different website, there is a small web page box behind the camera.
Family Tree: “View My Relationship” on the Details Page
A person’s detail page now displays a View My Relationship link for people in your scope of interest. (The scope of interest is 4 generations of ancestors and 1 generation of their descendants.) This is like the View My Relationship link in Memories. When you click View My Relationship, a chart shows how you are related to the person.
International Genealogical Index (IGI) Sources Added to Family Tree
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) was an index to many of the computer records created by the Church. The records were a source of information for many of the deceased people in Family Tree. We are adding the IGI sources to the Sources sections for those people. If a person had two or more records in the IGI, you may see multiple IGI sources listed. (If you click the source, you see a message that the source was an IGI record.)
We have moved about 100 million of the 500 million IGI sources to Family Tree and will continue until all of the records have been added.