Written by Cassie McDaniel
Friday, 11 April 2008
As most readers are aware, technology and the Internet have transformed how Church work—particularly genealogy—is done. FamilySearch, the official Church genealogy site, is currently adding features and options that will enrich your genealogy research experience. Improvements include the following:
1. FamilySearch Developer Network. This is a community where developers can learn about the FamilySearch API, which allows them to build applications that work in conjunction with FamilySearch. They can also communicate with one another and FamilySearch personnel about technical issues concerning the family history and genealogy industries.
2. The beta version of the FamilySearch Wiki. This is a place to share research techniques and tricks and to learn from experts in the field.
3. FamilySearch Labs. Allows enthusiastic family historians to help test new FamilySearch products. It gives a sneak peak into emerging technologies and concepts. It also helps developers gather feedback from users.
4. Family Tree. This is a product that is being developed to replace TempleReady as a tool to prepare names for the temple in a streamlined process that is completely Internet based. It will also allow users to create and manage their family histories online and work collaboratively.
5. Premium Databases. Many genealogical databases and records become available every day. By visiting your local family history center you can access many different subscription databases for free. Find a family history center near you.
6. Record Services and Digital Books Scanning Services. FamilySearch can assist record custodians in digitally preserving and providing access to their records. Record custodians merely need to contact the FamilySearch Records Services representative for their area.
7. Indexing. Volunteers can contribute time to help people find their ancestors online. FamilySearch Indexing is an Internet-based record extraction utility. Volunteers transcribe information from digital images to create free searchable indexes online linked to the original images.
If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to get more involved with FamilySearch. Visit the forum to discuss FamilySearch products in more depth.