Two years ago in mid-2011, I published The Guide to FamilySearch Online. (Tanner, James L. The Guide to FamilySearch Online. Mesa, Ariz: Bookmark Graphics, 2011). The question has been asked many times if there will be an updated edition? This has been a serious concern of mine for the last year or so. In March of 2012, FamilySearch announced the FamilySearch.org Family Tree program. At the time there were nearly constant indeterminate predictions of the demise of the program it replaced, New.FamilySearch.org. Quite frankly, I kept waiting for Family Tree to settle down and to be separated from New.FamilySearch.org. As long as the two programs shared the same database there were several key features of Family Tree that did not operate correctly.
As the time dragged on for the separation, FamilySearch has kept up a steady stream of modifications to both the Family Tree program and FamilySearch.org. A year before the site was revamped, I was demoed a potential startup screen. All of these factors led me to wait "just one more month" for an update. I did not want to publish an updated book that would be out-of-date the day it reached publication.
Presently, it looks like the New.FamilySearch.org program may become separated from the Family Tree program at the end of 2013. Regardless of any remaining changes or updates to the Family Tree program, I will likely do a complete revision and a new edition of the book in 2014.
Another consideration was whether to publish the book in both paper and digital versions or only digital? I will work out all these issues as I see how FamilySearch.org progresses. As I review the book, I find that most of the changes to FamilySearch.org are either superficial of cosmetic. Most of the existing book, especially those portions of the book dealing with other websites and the basic functions of the program are valid if only slightly out of date. Granted, there have been enough substantial changes to the content to necessitate a revision.