Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
In 2010-2018 Iserved in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The New Look at

The New Look at

This may be the first thing you see. You can click on “See what's new” to view some of the new features. If this does not come up, you can still view it at:
A slide-show of rotating screens may be displayed. Clicking a link or a button will take you on to the next stage. If you just want to search, click on Search.  
 This is the new home page. As in the past, clicking FamilySearch in the upper left of any page will return you here.

de-show of rotating screens may be displayed. Clicking a link or a button will take you on to the next

On the top Menu:

Family Tree will take you to the Family Tree.

Photos will take you to the place where you can add Photos and Stories.

Search takes you to these menus choices: RECORDS GENEALOGIES CATALOG BOOKS

RECORDS is the official historical records that you can use as primary sources.

GENEALOGIES is the collection of patron-contributed genealogies.

CATALOG is the Family History Library Catalog of non-digitized records on microfilm.

BOOKS is a collection of over 40,000 digitized book that are useful for family history research.

If you are signed-in with an LDS Account you will see an additional choice: your Temple List

The menu choices at the bottom overlap those at the top.

Fan Chart is another way of viewing (and printing) the Family Tree. You can click to navigate it.

Photos takes you where you can add Photos and Stories

Family Tree is the normal view of the Family Tree

Family Records is the same as the SEARCH link

Indexing takes you to FamilySearch Indexing

Live Help takes you to where you can search for the closest Family History Center or view the FHL.

The Get Help link in the upper right-hand corner, brings up choices of how to get help.

What kind of help do you need?

Product Support 
Get help with any of the family history tools provided by FamilySearch.

Research Assistance 
A community of researchers is ready to assist you with your questions.

Getting Started
Watch video tutorials, read step-by-step guides, and connect to other beginners.

Learning Center
A variety of free, online courses for beginners to advanced researchers. Take a course

At the bottom of most screens: About Blog Feedback Language

About has information about FamilySearch and a link to Products (PAF etc.)

Blog is the FamilySearch Blog with insights into its future and past

Feedback gives access to:

Self-help - This is the familiar Help Center, where you can search for answers, view training, etc.

Local Assistance - Family History Consultants in your Ward or find a nearby FamilySearch Center

Contact FamilySearch - Chat or Email or Phone

My Cases - View your previous cases here

Feedback - Report a problem or Share your ideas

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