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# Monday, July 02, 2007
Preview FamilySearch's New Record Search
Posted by Allison

You’ve probably heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ ambitious plans to index and digitize all the millions of records in its collection and make them available for free on its FamilySearch Web site.

Now you can get a taste of what’s to come: FamilySearch Labs has added its new record searching interface to the roster of projects the public can preview.

FamilySearch spokesperson Paul Nauta says this system will let genealogists search Family History Library microfilms that have been digitized to date, as well as digital images of genealogical records as they’re acquired from the field. The system also allows for quicker posting of the indexes being generated by volunteers through FamilySearch Indexing. It'll be part of the new, revamped FamilySearch site the church plans to roll out this fall.

To see a demo, go to FamilySearch Labs and click Record Search, then select the link to watch the Getting Started video. You can also get a sneak peek at the  Pedigree Viewer (for online family trees) and Life Browser (for saving and sharing photos and stories).

Click Comments below for information from Diane on how the search works.


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Monday, July 02, 2007 4:54:32 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Monday, July 02, 2007 5:01:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I tried the new record search and was impressed with the ease of use. You can do a simple search on a name and year range, or select More Options to add search terms.

Results rank matches similar to Ancestry.com, and show most likely matches first. You can narrow the results by record type, first or last name and other parameters. A box pops up to remind you of your narrowed results; just close the box to go back to your original results list.

My favorite feature: In the results list, let your mouse hover over a name and a pop-up window shows you the record details. No clicking and waiting for pages to load and then clicking the Back button (unless you want to see the record image). Thank you, Web 2.0! It's a great time to be a genealogist.

My great-grandparents were both in the FamilySearch record search, as part of the Ohio Death Index. I knew they would be, but if I didn't, you can imagine how ecstatic I'd be. I'm pretty ecstatic for future research.
Diane
Diane
Thursday, July 05, 2007 1:17:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
looks good keep up the good work
erv fettchenhauer
Friday, July 13, 2007 3:30:21 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I too was impressed by the new Pilot Project Record Search.
In no time at all I found my McGUNIGAL (sic) DAKIN and McLAREN Ohio deaths,Draft Cards,and census entries.
Really looking forward to the next phase of this new research tool.
Frank McGonigal Ont.Canada
Frank McGONIGAL
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