What to Expect from FamilySearch in 2020

FamilySearch posted a blog with details about what you can expect from them in 2020. FamilySearch announced some of its plans to enhance user experiences in 2020 through select updates and improvements to records and Family Tree capabilities.

FamilySearch’s Family Tree is the world’s largest shared tree. In 2020, users will enjoy an improved merge experience. They will be able to learn more and more easily collaborate by combining duplicate profiles for common ancestors. The latest changes feature for ancestor profiles will allow users to see more details of all past edits and changes though the family tree view.

The FamilySearch mobile app will release a new My Contributions feature. It will be available in both iOS and Android formats, with access to website to follow. My Contributions will help users organize their family history work in three tabs.

The Stats tab summarizes your contributions to the shared Family Tree. They will include sources and memories attached and persons added. The Changes tab is a list of all of your activity in Family Tree. Changes are organized by person, with the most recent on top. The Private Persons tab shows you a list of all the living and confidential people you have added to the Family Tree. It allows you to better manage them within your private space. Only you are able to see these profiles.

A new tool called Explore Images will be available for viewing new record images within days of their being digitized from archives worldwide and published on FamilySearch.org. It will also provide access to the billions of other historical records images FamilySearch already has online.

Previously, FamilySearch gave indexers the ability to edit the name field on indexed records. The purpose was to make corrections when errors are found. Sometime in 2020, indexers will be able to edit dates and places on indexed records.

Related Articles at FamilyTree.com:

FamilySearch Posted A 2019 Year In Review

FamilySearch Users Can Correct Name Indexing Errors

FamilySearch to Allow Same-Sex Relationships on Family Trees

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