A radically updated version of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (LDS) genealogy Web site <www.familysearch.org> is on its way to a computer near you. “New” FamilySearch is rolling out this year in phases – at first, only to church members for evaluation. It promises to be more user-friendly, collaborative and interactive, with changes including:
• The International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File databases are combined, so your search results show a single family tree that merges data on the same person.
• Software such as Ancestral Quest, Legacy and RootsMagic will include Web-based interfaces that exchange data with New FamilySearch. You’ll be able to use the programs to organize family information for submission to the site.
• Printable family group sheets include the sources used; just click an individual to view more information on him or her.
• You can submit facts to the New FamilySearch and link them to scanned images of source documents.
• You can update the information you’ve submitted and add comments to other people’s submissions.