Byte-Size Genealogy

Help us simplify family history!

Come build software that will help Church members meet their ancestors and find family names for the temple through quick and easy activities, opportunity hints and decision wizards. Byte-Size Genealogy brings ideal family history opportunities to users based on their skill, interests, and recent actions on the Family Tree at

We need you!

We seek project/product managers, engineers, designers, coders, testers, UI and UE specialists, business analysts, technical writers, and marketers. Everyone is welcome to participate not just in their role, but also in brainstorming and validating the products and features customers want. If you have a skill you would like to share, please contact

We are in the early days of developing this community project. Getting it off the ground has been difficult because we are only able to contribute to it on a part-time basis. We are looking for leaders to help us build this into an energized community of active participants.

Anyone interested in this endeavor will need to learn about how to develop apps for FamilySearch. You can get started at You will need to:

  • Read the Getting Started instructions.
  • Register for a FamilySearch Developer Account.
  • Register Your App and Receive an App Key for Authentication.
  • Join the FamilySearch Developer Network for email communications, announcements, and discussions.

We have been coding in JavaScript, JQuery, PHP, and MySql. Our programs use the FamilySearch JavaScript SDK and the FamilySearch PHP SDK. These are a high-level wrappers for the FamilySearch REST API. The readme files have great information there.

We have developed several apps that read the Family Tree and find pertinent research information. I have shared my latest apps at Check out the readme file for more information about each one. The apps that have been certified are at Please try them out!

We are part of the Lean Learning Team of FamilySearch. The team is developing a streamlined process to test customer response to new apps. These ideas will enhance this year’s development of 5 worldwide FamilySearch testing centers.

This page was last modified on 23 August 2015, at 11:08.

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