FamilySearch sent out an announcement that it’s added millions of names and digital images in 29 collections at the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot Site.
The same content is searchable at FamilySearch Beta, where a new interface and search options are being tested. Click Show Advanced to see all the search fields, which include birth and death year and place, as well as information about parents and spouse. You also can add year ranges designate search terms as exact.
I searched for the same ancestor on both sites, and the beta site seemed to do a better job of weeding out irrelevant results.
Many of the new records are international, comprising church, civil registration or census records from Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Mexico and Spain. In addition, the 1910 US census index grew by nine more states.
You can get help using the genealogical resources of FamilySearch on FamilyTreeMagazine.com:
- FamilySearch Essentials: How to Access Records from 100 Countries Without Leaving Town webinar recording, available from Family Tree Shop