Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FamilySearch Has A New Look

FamilySearch has updated its home page with a new look. There are six main tabs, FAN  CHART, PHOTOS, FAMILY TREE, SEARCH, INDEXING and LIVE HELP.  To get to what sort of looks like their old page, either click the SEARCH button at the top or the SEARCH button on the 6 button toolbar.  On the search page you will now see a direct link to BOOKS which is FamilySearch’s collection of out of copyright books.  It also includes manuscripts that have been digitized from microfilm.  These are compiled genealogies that have been submitted to the Family History Library.  This was not on the main page before.

Photos is a new section.  FamilySearch is now encouraging people to upload photographs as well as their family tree.  For those people that have access to New FamilySearch it is still available but I don’t know for how much longer.  FamilySearch will be taking it down and Family Tree will be the only access to the data. 

Getting to the FamilySearch Wiki and the online courses is a bit tricky.  There is no direct link on the home page. Click on the GET HELP link in the upper right corner.  You will see a drop down list.  Click the last entry, HELP CENTER.  To get to the online course click  on LEARNING CENTER.  To get to Wiki click on RESEARCH ASSISTANCE.  You will see the VISIT THE RESEARCH WIKI at the bottom. 

The FamilySearch Forums have been discontinued.  They will be replacing the forums with some sort of question and answer format but I haven’t seen it yet.

For more information, you can watch Legacy’s FREE webinar What’s New at FamilySearch.  This particular webinar will be archived and will remain free so you don’t have to be in any hurry to watch it.  It will be shown live tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 2:00pm EST. 

  Between yesterday and today FamilySearch has added a link to the Wiki on the main search page.  Many people had complained about it FamilySearch.  This was a topic of discussion on Facebook and on several genealogy mailing lists.  I am glad that FamilySearch listened.  It is nice to have all of the main links in one place.  To get to the Wiki click on the SEARCH button at the top of the page.  You will now see the WIKI link right next to BOOKS.

Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Must still be too soon to write about the layout. Wiki is now on the Search page, right next to Books.

  2. They fixed it between yesterday and today! I know that a lot of people were complaining about it to FamilySearch. It has been the talk of Facebook and some of the genealogy mailing lists. I am glad they listened! I use the Wikis all the time.