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14 February 2006 @ 10:08 pm
Family Tree Beta 2 Update  
I received the following email from the LDS Church's Family History Department regarding Family Tree Beta 2.

Dear Beta Testers, It is time to start preparing for the second beta test of Family Tree, and we need your help. To have a successful beta test, we need to invite members with differing levels of family history experience. In our first beta test, most testers were family history center directors, consultants, and members who have done family history work in the past. The feedback we received from this group was just what we needed, but for beta 2 we need to expand the demographics.

 For the second beta test, we will invite most of the beta 1 testers to participate. And we are asking you to invite your friends and family who HAVE NOT significantly participated in family history work in the past. We have created a web site where you can add their names and e-mail addresses. We will send them a survey and give them the opportunity to participate as a beta tester.

 Remember, we are looking for members who HAVE NOT significantly participated in family history work. For example, people who do not use a family history software program such as Personal Ancestral File, who have never submitted a name to the temple, or who have never visited a family history center. Please don’t invite your friends who are active in family history, they will not be selected to participate. Since we are already inviting our testers from the first beta test to also participate in the second, we have all of the active family history enthusiasts we can include.

To invite your friends, please click on the web link below. It will open a page where you can add your friend’s names and e-mail addresses. This link will be available for a limited time, on a first come first serve bases. Once the available beta slots have been filled the survey will close.

 Thank you for your help in this important work,

 Beta Test Team

What does that mean? I not really sure if they are going to add any more enthusiasts at all to Beta 2. But here is a possible work around - find someone you know that fits the criteria, not having done family history in the past and see if they will participate. If they are picked they do need to use the system. Then if they are nice to you, you could have them sign in for you and let you play with the system. I still believe beta 2 is for LDS members only. So if you know someone that fits the above criteria shoot me an email at zamora05@hotmail.com with their name and email address and I will try to sign them up. I will update this blog and let you know when the slots are filled.
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(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Disappointing news! :(
Renee, That is very disappointing news. Why were there presentations given to UVPAFUG and the St. George Genealogy Fair if they weren't looking for testers who had an interest in genealogy? I really do hope that the Church reconsiders and opens the Beta 2 up to us more willing participants -- the ones already doing family history work. Andy
Reneerzamor1 on February 15th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
Re: Disappointing news! :(
I know what you mean. I'm still hoping they will send the invites to UVPAFUG members!
(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
Re: Disappointing news! :(
Actually, this has alot to do with what the Family History Department wants to do to help the average member, and others, who do not have much experience with family history generally.

And that is most people. While it may be the most popular hobby, this is going to bring in even more people. Especially those who do not otherwise own a computer. There are areas in the world where the only way to get on the 'net is at a cyber cafe. So what they do is they buy a 'jump drive', hook it up to a USB port on the computer, work with their data or other things, then take the drive with them.

There are other reasons for this as well, to gauge the ease or difficulty with using the new system. Novices are best to test this part of it out. Novices have a way of catching things the more experienced family history researcher would not catch because of the fact that their experience would be more limited. And they would be trying to 'get it all exactly right', even though that's not entirely intended or expected of them.

This is part of a much larger 'rethinking' of how things are done in the Church regarding family history. We'll be hearing about alot of things in the next year or two and this appears to be the start of it all.

(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
are u looking for someone like me
I have not done a lot with my research esp where it comes to using programs like family tree, etc. I would like to leave my email addy to be considered as a beta tester2
thank you
mary lou flanders kingry
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
I fit
I dont have a software program,never submitted a name or visited a family center.

Tammy Marshall
Reneerzamor1 on March 30th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I fit
Yes you would fit, but the cut off date to submit your name was March 20th. I will keep your name in case they open up the invitation list again.