FamilySearch has flipped the “switch” to release its redesigned website from beta. Now, when you go to FamilySearch.org, it looks like this:
The new FamilySearch home page has search fields that let you scour historical records, the Family History Library online catalog or family trees. You also can browse records by location.
On the right, you can link to the FamilySearch blog (“Changes at FamilySearch.org”—a good place to start for an overview on changes to the site), see online genealogy lessons (“View Online Lessons”) and get information on FamilySearch Centers around the world (“Get Personal Help”).
We’ll keep you updated on news from FamilySearch. Let us know what you think of the site.
Update: I wanted to update this post with some official information from FamilySearch’s press release. The new FamilySearch.org has millions of new records and images, more than 40,000 helpful articles, 100-plus how-to courses, and a forum for discussing your research. According to the announcement, “FamilySearch will continue to implement the new website in phases to ensure all critical elements are functioning as desired. Once complete, the website will be promoted more broadly.”
Click here for links to a video and document about the new version of FamilySearch.org. (Pages 8 and 9 of the PDF document has information on what became of the data from the International Genealogical Index, Pedigree Resource File and Ancestral File, which many commenters to the FamilySearch blog post asked about.)
You also can link to the prior version of the FamilySearch, which will remain available during the transition to the new site.