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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Another View of FamilySearch Family Tree

It is interesting to see what people think of's Family Tree program especially in a venue outside of the core genealogical blogging community. My daughter, Amy Tanner Thiriot is a regular contributor to The Keepapitchinin blog and has written an insightful analysis of Family Tree entitled "In Which We Bid Farewell to NewFamilySearch and Welcome Family Tree." I highly recommend the article, not because she is my daughter, but because she is a professional historian and writer and gives a different perspective to the issues in Family Tree.

The Keepapitchinin (keep a pitching in) blog is one of the most popular Mormon history blogs and has a number of regular contributors.


  1. Your daughter said you would be willing to answer questions about Family Tree, so I'm going to take her up on that.

    I'm a fan of the new features of Family Tree, but am stumped when it comes to doing the equivalent of NFS's separating records. I have encountered one record (which I cannot point to because it has been mysteriously fixed) that was clearly a mashup of at least three different people. I knew how to fix that in NFS, and I know that you can undo certain actions performed by other people in Family Tree. But finding those actions is virtually impossible and even then they cannot always be undone.

    As an alternative, I could simply delete all of the information that does not pertain to the person I am interested in, but I fear that such an approach would hide any trace of the other real people who had been merged in.

    What do you suggest?

    1. It is my understanding that in some cases, FamilySearch volunteers are working on correcting the duplicates and other problems inherited from the data coming from I know this is the case because some of my relatives are locked and the information continues to be corrected and updated. They are dedicated to eliminating all duplicate records. I hope this helps.