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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 FamilySearch.org:
A new web address at beta.familysearch.org
(though fsbeta.familysearch.org still
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
- 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.