Bigger Is Better

By David A. Fryxell Premium

The FamilySearch site <>, which launched a year ago to such instant popularity that it temporarily overwhelmed the ability of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to handle the Web traffic, keeps expanding. The free site recently added the LDS church’s Pedigree Resource File, a database of more than 9 million names submitted by individual researchers. Previously, the database was available only on CD-ROM; you still need to buy the inexpensive discs to get full information and downloadable GEDCOM family tree files. 

Also new on FamilySearch:

• 16 more geographic regions in the International Genealogical Index

• improved navigation of collaboration lists, which now number more than 100,000

• status of GEDCOM files you’ve submitted

• upgraded version 4.04 of the free Personal Ancestral File genealogy program for Windows

Last fall FamilySearch slipped in, largely unheralded, another useful feature: the ability to search the catalog of the Family History Library for microfilms of interest — before you go to your local Family History Center to borrow them.
From the August 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine