What To Expect From FamilySearch in 2023

FamilySearch is excited to provide its annual glimpse into plans for the coming year to help individuals worldwide make fun personal and family discoveries. In 2023, FamilySearch patrons can expect free access to more of the world’s genealogical records, new search capabilities, more free help, and more localized discovery.

RootsTech 2023

In 2023, FamilySearch’s popular RootsTech even returns. The world’s largest online family history conference runs March 2-4, 2023, and will include a live, in-person event in Salt Lake City, Utah on the same dates. It is a great way to make new family connections, learn helpful tips for expanding your family tree, explore innovative new products and services, or be inspired by wonderful keynotes and speakers. 

The online experience is expected to attract millions of attendees worldwide, and thousands are already registered to participate in the in-person event. The online event is free, and the in-person event is only $98 for the jam-packed 3-day event. Find out more at RootsTech.org.

More Free Records

FamilySearch adds up to 1 billion new online genealogical records from around the world each year to help patrons make new family discoveries. What many might not know is that since 2019, each year, FamilySearch has focused extra efforts on select countries (homelands) to significantly increase its online offerings of genealogical record collections from those countries. The result is a significant increase in discovery opportunities for individuals with ancestral roots now from 45 homeland countries.

In 2023, new homeland countries of focus will be the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, and Uganda. In addition, FamilySearch will make continuing significant additions to the homeland collections of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

FamilySearch will finish publishing the complete 1950 US Census online in early 2023 – including territories and schedules. It will likely be the most searched US genealogical collection online for the next decade.

New FamilyTree Features

FamilySearch has a global user base and is therefore always seeking to create experiences customized to local interests and practices. In 2023, FamilySearch will offer Chinese patrons the ability to create decorative tree designs from their Family Tree data.

Another new feature will enable members of family groups to collaboratively add and share memories with one another about living or deceased relatives. They will also be able to collaborate with one another on adding facts and sources for a living relative.

Finally, be on the lookout for other new tools and enhancements in the FamilySearch Family Tree to help extend, collaborate on, and share more family connections.

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