FamilySearch Updated Their Messaging System

FamilySearch is proud to have the world’s largest online family tree and thrilled to provide free family history experiences to millions. In order to give users the best experience possible, they are constantly working on updates and improvements to their online experience. To keep you up to date on the latest FamilySearch experience changes, FamilySearch will be listing them chronologically.

On April 30, 2021, FamilySearch updated the FamilySearch Messaging System. The latest changes include a new look. They redesigned the interface to make Messages features easier to find. The new design also allows for future improvements.

Another change allows the FamilySearch Messaging System to auto-fill contact names. In the “To” field, type the first few letters of another user’s contact name, and the rest of the name will fill automatically, with some options to choose from if more than one name begins in a similar way. Contact names are determined by the individual and are the public name linked to a user’s FamilySearch contributions. Contact names can be viewed or changed in Settings.

In addition, there have been updates that allow you to control the conversation you have with other FamilySearch Messaging System users. “Delete” allows you to remove old conversations. “Mute” can be used to stop receiving messages from another user. To find this option, select the person’s name next to the message.

“Report Abuse” allows you to alert FamilySearch if another user breaks the FamilySearch Code of Conduct. To find this option, select the person’s name next to the message.

“Send Message” lets you choose to send a message to someone by pressing either Return or Shift + Return. Choosing Shift + Return allows you to control line returns in longer messages. To access this setting, select Change near the send button.

If you use a bookmark for Messages, note that this updated version uses a new URL. The previous URL will no longer be accessible.

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