The Genealogy Star blog this week reported that editing has now come to FamilySearch’s new version of their family tree. The family tree will be a replacement for new FamilySearch when it is released. It has been in development for many months and its aim is to fix many of the challenges with the current tree.
New FamilySearch is a compilation of data submitted to FamilySearch over the past century including items submitted to the IGI, Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, and the submissions by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the four generation program. Much of the data that exists in new FamilySearch cannot be edited and many users have been very frustrated as they cannot fix erroneous data they find about their ancestors. FamilySearch began an effort to fix these problems and has now released a beta version of the new product for selected users. The new version will be the first that will be available to the general public. The previous version was only available to members of the Church.
From my perspective the product looks great. It does not solve everything, but much of the information that I could not correct in the past can now be edited and corrected. It also includes a history log where users can see what changes have been made to the record and can roll back erroneous changes. One of the other great feature additions is the source box. When a user is searching on FamilySearch and finds a source, they can place it into their source box and link it to the ancestor that it describes. This goes a long way to fixing the really terrible sourcing system that is currently a part of new FamilySearch.
In addition, FamilySearch continues to release millions of records each week online for searching. The 1940 census is nearly complete. They also recently announced a relationship with the Italian National Archive and are asking for indexers. They said:
FamilySearch launched a historic partnership with the National Archives of Italy in December 2011 to digitally preserve and index its civil registration records (birth, marriage, and death) for all states from 1802 to 1940. Since the project launch more than 24 million images have been published, and 4 million names have been made searchable on FamilySearch.org.
But there are 115 million historic Italian documents with over 500 million names remaining to index and publish. Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed. To meet this opportunity, FamilySearch is requesting help from indexers and arbitrators who speak or read Italian or a closely related language, such as Spanish, or who are willing to learn a handful of simple Italian words and phrases to help facilitate the initiative.
Descendants of Italians and Italy historic and genealogy societies are especially invited to participate to help accelerate the publication of this valuable record set. Interested individuals, societies, or groups should visit http://www.familysearch.org/italian-ancestors to learn more. To search the completed Italian records online and to learn more about reading Italian records, visit http://familysearch.org/italy.
It continues to be a great time in family history. FamilySearch has not announced when the new tree will be available, but at the pace the development is proceeding it feels like it will be fairly soon.