The new designed FamilySearch website has been launched, apart from the completely new look to the site there has been several new facilities added. The major addition is the much debated Family Trees. The idea is that if all genealogists put their genealogy onto the FamilySearch Family Trees researchers would be able to collaborate and share information making the trees much fuller and bigger. Other additions are Fan Charts that can be viewed and printed, the ability to preserve and share family photos and Live Help which means you can contact experienced FamilySearch assistants who will with genealogy queries.
All this is great and FamilySearch is to be commended for their work which they share with all regardless of their religious beliefs. Personally I’m not sold on the idea of putting my research onto their family trees section where anyone can amend it without contact and discussion with me. However I haven’t investigated the trees in depth and may well change my mind later!
I did do a test search of the trees and entered my grandmother, Eliza Bint, into the trees search and amongst the results found her with the right year of her birth and her parents were named, but no sources of where the information was found and no way of knowing how the information came to be on there. I’ll be watching the site during the next few months.
The photograph section was unavailable when I checked due to overwhelming response. This section does excites me as I think it will become THE place to look for family photos. When it becomes available then I shall be taking a good look.
Overall the site has a good feel and is a great asset to the genealogy world.