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Friday, June 19, 2009

FamilySearch on Facebook

Unless you spent full time online looking it would be difficult, if not impossible to keep up with all of the new developments in the genealogical universe. It is even more difficult to keep up with changes on the Web itself. One of the Websites with the biggest impact right now is Facebook, a fast growing social networking site. It is likely inevitable that genealogy would move into Facebook in a big way. For some time now there has been a FamilySearch group on Facebook. There were 206 members as of June 19, 2009 with several discussion topics in progress.

Part of the discussion stream on the Facebook FamilySearch was about the design of the new FamilySearch Alpha found on FamilySearch Labs. FamilySearch is described by the Alpha site as follows:
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Although the Facebook site for FamilySearch has the official FamilySearch logo, it is not readily apparent whether or not there is any official connection between the Website and FamilySearch.

From The Genealogical Society of Utah Website:
FamilySearch is dedicated to promoting the preservation of genealogical information throughout the world. FamilySearch has its roots in the Genealogical Society of Utah. The society, established in 1894, is an incorporated, nonprofit educational institution entirely funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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