FamilySearch Beta Goes Official

By Diane Haddad Premium

If you haven’t been to the FamilySearch website lately, you might be surprised. A total overhaul, underway for several years, has finally gone live, and the former FamilySearch Beta site is now the official

The streamlined new home page focuses on the site’s searchable content, with a front-and-center search form that lets you scour millions of digitized historical records and indexes, family trees (the former Ancestral File, with Pedigree Resource File data to be added soon) or the Family History Library online catalog. Changes are still ongoing in how you can browse record collections and filter search results — look for more details in the September 2011 Family Tree Magazine.

Links on the top and right side of the new home page send you to the FamilySearch blog, online genealogy lessons and FamilySearch Center information. For more details on how the new FamilySearch site differs from the previous one, see the FamilySearch blog.

If you miss the previous version of FamilySearch and the old Record Search Pilot Site, both sites will remain available during the transition to the new site. You’ll find links to them at the bottom of


From the May 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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