SALT LAKE CITY - FamilySearch International, a
nonprofit, volunteer-driven genealogy organization, announced the
release of significant new enhancements to its web services that allow
visitors to collaboratively build their family tree online, preserve and
share precious family photos and stories, and receive personal research
assistance-all for free. Find out more at FamilySearch.org.
"Every person who has ever lived has a right to be remembered and is a
story waiting to be told," said Dennis C. Brimhall, CEO for
FamilySearch. "Every family is a story in progress." Brimhall explained
that the new FamilySearch.org
features help move family history beyond research to appeal to a larger
audience of people who are very interested in their family's stories,
but who don't consider themselves genealogists or researchers. "We all
treasure memorable family photos
and ancestral stories that inspire, amuse, or connect us. Families can
now share and preserve for posterity those social heirlooms that help
vitalize their family history," Brimhall added.
The enhancements include Family Tree, an online application where users
begin by adding information about themselves and then start to add
information about their ancestors to collaboratively build, manage, and
share their family history.
The tree is already populated with over 900 million records contributed
by patrons. And there are billions of historic records that can be
searched for free to help further expand your family tree.
The Photos and Stories feature lets you preserve favorite family photos
of ancestors and share them through social media. You can tag people in a
photo to identify who they are and connect them to respective ancestor
profiles in the Family Tree.
The photos can then be easily shared with the online community. You can
also upload your favorite stories about an ancestor to preserve them for
Julie Lowe from Missouri is the proverbial photo archivist of her
family. She has albums of ancestral photos. Between her and her
siblings, they are also walking libraries of countless stories and
memories of their parents, grandparents, aunts,
uncles, some great-grandparents, and other ancestors. They will be using
the Photos and Stories feature to begin preserving their favorite
photos and stories for future generations. Each person can save and
share up to 5,000 ancestral photos in Family Tree.
"When a parent or grandparent takes the time to tell you a story,
there's a bonding that occurs there," Brimhall said. "Likewise, a family
photo and story preserved and shared in the context of one's family
tree, in an instant,
can personally touch us and teach us time-honored principles by those
who have gone on before us, like the value of hard work, dealing with
life's ups and downs, and the impact of choices."
Other features added include the interactive Fan Chart, a tool used by
millions to create a colorful fan chart of their ancestry; the Family
Tree Wizard, a tool that asks questions to help you
begin to build your personal family tree and get you started; and Live
Help, a global online community that provides free product help and
personal research assistance by phone and web chat 24 hours a day/7 days
The help website and services are available in 10 languages.
About FamilySearch International FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world.
FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use
FamilySearch records, resources,
and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this
great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively
gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for
over 100 years. Patrons may access
FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries,
including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.