First the post says:
Why was Family Tree Created?This confirms much of what has been said previously.
For what it was intended to do, new.familysearch.org has done its job. But, based on user feedback and internal assessment, more functionality, user friendliness, and features were needed. That is exactly what drove the development of Family Tree—the desire to create a world-class family tree application as well as a user-friendly tool for clearing names for temple work. The engineers at FamilySearch have taken the best of what new.familysterch.org provided and added to it powerful tools for data accuracy, usability, and collaboration.
How can I learn more about Family Tree?I already wrote about this in my last blog post. The link is to the FamilySearch.org Help Center.
A great way to learn about Family Tree is to try it! For special training on the different aspects of the new system you can refer to the Family Tree Training site. The training website allows you to take a training course, view tutorials, access a user guide, take part in webinars, and much more.
Here is another interesting comment which adds some insight into what is going on between New.FamilySearch.org and Family Tree:
Do I need to use both Family Tree and new.familysearch?
Over the next few months, information added to Family Tree will be automatically added to new.familysearch.org and vice versa. However, new.familysearch.org cannot display all of the types of data and corrections that Family Tree can. Therefore, the information in new.familysearch.org will increasingly become outdated.
With the introduction of Family Tree, the “combine” and “separate” features in new.familysearch.org are being turned off. These features create serious problems with the information in Family Tree. When you find duplicate records, you can resolve them with the powerful new merge feature in Family Tree instead. You can also use Family Tree to correct records that were incorrectly combined in new.familysearch.org.
We anticipate that early in 2013, new.familysearch.org will no longer be available. At that time, all Church-related family history activity—including qualifying names for the temple—will be done with Family Tree.There is a reference to the new.familysearch.org features of combine and separate being turned off. Hmm. I wonder when in the process this will happen? It also references the merge feature in Family Tree. This is the feature I have been anticipating to move further back on my family lines. When will all this happen? We heard that new.familysearch.org would go away by the end of the year. Apparently, this is now into 2013 some time? Or maybe later in 2013? Or whenever?
Two more questions answered:
Is FamilySearch going to allow public users to have access to Family Tree?
Family Tree is going to be available to everyone, whether LDS or not, beginning this fall.
Will Family Tree be on www.familysearch.org?Not going as smoothly as anticipated?
Yes. Family Tree will be hosted and available as a service of www.familysearch.org. This combined tree and search experience offers many efficiencies, including the ability to attach sources you find on FamilySearch.org to individuals in your tree and to keep all your notes in one location.