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NEW Family Search

Started by Amy I Anderson. Last reply by Michael Helmantoler Nov 28, 2009. 6 Replies

Where/Why did it all begin?

Started by Sean K. Last reply by Sean K Oct 1, 2009. 4 Replies

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Comment by Geniaus on November 9, 2011 at 3:24am

I've also got a Rootstech 2012 Registration to give away - please enter for a chance to win

Comment by Michael Helmantoler on April 7, 2011 at 2:36pm

We are still functioning, but there are so many forums, wiki' and blogs hosted on the domain that we don't get much attention.

There are many Family search subdomains beyond that which you mentioned. There will be new ones that some communities will know about because they are volunteering to help build the data. The last I heard on "new" family search which is located at is that it will appear as a Family Tree tab for users with LDS related data.

There is a "new" family search released every three months so stay tuned.


Comment by Sherry Warren on April 6, 2011 at 11:04pm
Is this group still functioning? I see posts from 2009, but none since then. Of course, I am new to the site and there may be newer posts and I just don't know how to see them. Anyway, I am an indexer and just love it. But, I am only just beginning to use familysearch to find records about my ancestors. I get confused about all the different familysearches, pilot, new, old, beta. Which one is the real one--the one which has the most recent records?
Comment by Cherryl Forbes Montgomery on September 15, 2009 at 4:52pm
Hello folks...I'm new to Family Search and Genealogywise and really don't know my way around. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can learn to use the Family Search site?
Comment by tami osmer glatz on August 7, 2009 at 2:21pm
Michael - you forgot one of the easiest ways to volunteer, at FamilySearch - the Indexing! From, just click on the "Index Records" tab, and sign up to help transcribe and index original records to add to the pilot site!
Comment by Michael Helmantoler on August 5, 2009 at 12:49pm
Kathleen and others, there are many ways to volunteer to help with Family Search. Here are 3 ways that relate to the new family search.

1 Volunteer in your local Family History Center,
2 Serve as a Family History Consultant in an LDS Ward or
3 Apply for a part-time (15hrs week) Church Service Missionary supporting new Family Search on the internet from your home.

I am doing the latter and you really learn the hidden mysteries of this very sophisticated database software. Most of the missionaries I met on-line are stay-at-home 50-70 year old ladies. I am impressed that they can learn to use the support tools. The training staff and other missionary leaders are very knowledgeable and patient.
Comment by Caren on August 4, 2009 at 6:16pm
Family Search is awesome. Course I could be biased cuz my grandfather is one of the genealogists who works on the site. :D
Comment by Kathleen Fox Allen on August 4, 2009 at 3:29pm
I thought I loved FamilySearch - but apparently I'm fickle, because the pilot site is my new favorite thing! It jump started my research like nothing else.

I want to volunteer. Can any current volunteers tell me more about how it works? (How much time you need to dedicate to it, etc?)
Comment by Michael Helmantoler on July 30, 2009 at 10:42pm
The Record Search pilot provides a preview of the next generation of searching and viewing indexes and records. It includes both indexed and unindexed collections. There are currently over 600 million indexed names and images available to search. No registration is required to access the site (
Comment by Melanie Henry on July 30, 2009 at 8:55pm
I've been doing some indexing for Family Search, have used their site for my own research for years. I'm very interested in knowing the latest news about the changes and innovations taking place.

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