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Updated Site Now Available; More Improvements to Come

SALT LAKE CITY–FamilySearch announced several changes today for its family history website, Online patrons will find millions of new records and images, over 40,000 helpful articles, over 100 interactive courses of instruction, and a dynamic forum to ask personal genealogy questions. The changes have been in testing for some time. FamilySearch will continue to implement the new website in phases to ensure all critical elements are functioning as desired. Once complete, the website will be promoted more broadly.

The new site offers the following free benefits to FamilySearch patrons:

  • Millions more scanned, historical documents and indexes that are published more frequently.
  • An improved search experience that looks through more content and gives more accurate results.
  • A thriving online genealogical community where patrons can give and receive help.
  • One user name and password for all FamilySearch products and services.
  • Responsive, reliable, and scalable hardware and software that will allow the site to grow and improve.

FamilySearch has published a helpful document called “Adjusting to the New Version of” and a video tutorial that summarizes the changes to the new site.  These new guides can be found under the “Changes at” link.

The prior version of the site will still be available through the transition period.


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Does this have any bearing on when we might see Legacy 7.5?

Adrian - no, the two are not related. However, we have updated the 7.5 News/Updates section over at

I'm sure this question has been asked before but, living in Scotland and, wanting access to FamilySearch but not a yet a patron(even though i procured a password). When will we be able to gain access to these records?

James - FamilySearch still has not announced this. Last I heard it will be sometime in 2011.

Actually, some of these records are available now. If you click on the link for the Beta site (at the top of the homepage, you might find dozens of new hits for your ancestors when you search. I did this last week and was able to take my family tree back several generations, due to transcriptions of thousands of marriage, birth, and death records from Belgium that had not been available previously.

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