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# Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Major Updates to FamilySearch Beta Site
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch has announced a major upgrade of its FamilySearch Beta site. Its usefulness has already outpaced FamilySearch's familiar Pilot Record Search site. New features, including the following, make the beta site easier to use and nudge it closer to replacing
  • A new web address at  (though still works).

  • New records, including all those found at the Pilot Record Search site and more, for 450-plus collections.

  • Alphabetized browsing (click All Collections on the FamilySearch Beta home page to access it) so you can quickly find the collections you’re looking for. In most cases, the collection title begins with the name of the state or country where the records were created.

  • If you’re interested in only collections with record images, you can click All Collections, then check a box at the bottom left to see only titles of collection with images.

  • You can type apostrophes into the search fields to find names such as O’Hara.

  • You can filter your search results by collection category. 

  • When viewing a record, you can click to see the previous or next record image in the collection.

  • Census results now list all household members with their genders and ages.

  • If you’re searching Trees (a link on the FamilySearch Beta home page), where the information from FamilySearch’s Ancestral File is, you can find people by event year—that is, the year of birth, death or marriage.
  • For easier navigation and viewing of the site, you’ll find new labels in the header and footer, enhanced color contrast, and visited links that change colors once you’ve already clicked them.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:31:14 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [6]
Saturday, September 11, 2010 1:33:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I did a quick check of the new Beta site and was disappointed to see that when you enter a location you no longer get a drop down menu with suggestions as to what area might match your location. This was very helpful.
Barb Leimback
Saturday, September 11, 2010 6:29:22 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Did I miss a "clear search" when I no longer wanted, or the data was not relevant, for the name & info I had entered in the "search engine"?
Gladys Boice
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:47:09 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
You can offer your comments on the FamilySearch Beta site by clicking the orange Feedback button on the far right side of every page.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 1:32:08 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
There are some serious issues with FS Beta. We keep hearing about 2 more months then 3-6 more months. The search feature stinks and results are not rated and some times are far off base. The sources and loading issues still need major work.

I know the reason why they feel they need to move from one format to another. But, in their rush they will throw out a valuable research tool called Pilot. And they are replacing Pilot with a junker not ready for prime time.

I was around for PAF 3.0 - that was a junker and the same attitude then is now. It is now a different generation but the same attitude now is like then. Beta is not ready. And losing Pilot before Beta is ready is not right.
John R. Carpenter
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 3:39:08 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
i must have missed something then because my experience of beta and a great deal others differs from your POSITIVE appraisal above. did you actually have more than a quick look at it. you most certainly seem to have had your eyes shut if you even bothered to go to the blog because we are not a very happy bunch right now. yes there are new records being added and i applaud familysearch for that; that is once you find your way to the one you want.

the word frustrated does not even go any where near to summing up how we feel about the search engine. those of us who have actually stayed around and are still tiring to use beta are fast becoming more and more despondent and are ready to pull our hair out.

they say they are about to put the site into alpha state even though the search engine is next to useless
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 3:43:33 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)

they say they are about to put the site into alpha state even though the search engine is next to useless


I'm off to bye a wig!
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