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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Big News Family Editing Comes to FamilySearch Family Tree

FamilySearch is a moving target. No matter what you knew about it yesterday, you need to look at it today to see what is going on. Here is a summary of the different parts of FamilySearch and the latest news:

Family Tree is part of the biggest change being made to the website. Good news and waiting. Family Tree is the replacement for  There are a series of incremental changes going on nearly constantly. For example, today I found that marriage dates can be edited or deleted. Family relationships can also be edited, such as biological, adopted, step etc. You can also change the parents of a child. You can also add a source directly to a marriage and a child relationship. In short, all of the incorrect family relationships in can now be edited in Family Tree.

You can also add people to the database. I hope you realize how big this really is!!! 

Get to work and correct your family!

This program is open to anyone who wants to register (or who has already registered) by clicking on the Help menu and reading the instructions concerning how to sign into the program.
Look to the Historical Record Collections; there are always millions of new records, every work day. That is "every work day" including Saturdays. Today, 11 July 2012, almost a million new records were added and I would consider that a rather slow day. There may be more added before the day is through. If you click on the column heading for "Last Updated" you will see the most recent additions. Here is a screen shot showing the latest additions as of this date:

There are currently 1219 collections of records comprising millions of individual records, including 14 collections added or updated today and yesterday.


  1. This is first of all, good news. I'm glad you put in a plug for Historical Collections, also.

    Question: When there are two or more dissenting opinions on a person's birth date, for example, will all the edits for that be listed?

    1. I agree that it does seem to be good news, but like Margaret, I have a reservation regarding adjudication.

      Even Wikipedia eventually found it necessary to have changes moderated. This could easily evolve into an "out of the frying pan into the fire" situation.

    2. Huh - I have just seen that even this page is moderated :-)

  2. Mary Beth FigginsJuly 12, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    I signed into and was unable to find how to get into Family Tree as you described. requires you to be LDS. A search in under Family Trees brought up items from Ancestral Files and Pedigree Resource with no indication that they could be edited, sourced, etc. Where to I need to go to access what you described?

    I do love the Historical Records and use them frequently.

    1. Mary Beth. Members of the public can access nFS and the Family Tree, but it's by request only. If you go to the help center and search for public access new.familysearch and public access family tree you should get the instructions on how to do this

    2. Anyone can access the new Family Tree. Click on Help and then read the last article with the title "Gaining Access to the FamilySearch Family Tree (pdf)".

    3. I was able to get the Family tree link on my page when I logged in but the screen is just jumping in and out - I was able to do a search & when I clicked on one of them I see a tree that again in jumping between screens???? Ideas?

  3. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

  4. only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) can join the new.familysearch it is not open to non members of the LDS church. That is why the LDS church came up with new.familysearch and Besides the only thing on new.familysearch is just your own family trees there are no historical documents or anything. The non members can search familylsearch .org. is in the process of getting the family tree up and running. You can also submit your own family tree to