I want to focus on the features that are now implemented and those that are yet to come. Without reproducing the entire chart, which is found in the PDF document listed on the first page of the Help Center menu (reached by clicking on the Help link at the top of the FamilySearch.org startup page), here is a sample of the first part of the chart only.
Before, getting further into the list, a note of explanation. The feature list for NFS is used as a comparison, but there are certainly features in FT that are not available in NFS. So the possibilities are as follows:
- The feature is available in both NFS and FT.
- The feature is available in NFS but not yet in FT
- The feature is or will be in FT but was never available in NFS
- The feature is in NFS but is not being reproduced in FT because it is not needed
So what is presently missing from FT? Here is a summary:
- Printing of charts
- Family Group Records
- Notes from NFS and add notes
- Upload a GEDCOM file and see a list of people in a contributed GEDCOM file
- Search for ancestors by Ancestral File Number
- Add new people and families not connected to your family line
- Templates for information for Asia, Latin America and other parts of the world
- Specific help screens
- Sign in to help someone else
- Have FT find possible matches
- Search for matches yourself
- Combine duplicate records
- See the combined records
- Separate records
- Merge duplicate records
- Unmerge and re-create incorrectly merged records
Why is the lack of a merge feature a deal killer right now? Because there is no way to further edit your online files once you reach a place in the file where there are duplicates. For example, I now find in the file that my Great-great-grandfather Sidney Tanner has quite a number of variations of parents brought over from NFS. He is also duplicated in the lists of children. Without the ability to sort out this roadblock, I am essentially stopped from further progress in sorting out the bad data from NFS.
If you study this list carefully, what you really see is a program that is almost fully functional. All of the the other necessary features, that I did not list, are there and working just fine. Meanwhile, I will just keep waiting and watching.