March 7th, 2007

Renee Zamora

Still Beta Testing

I just learned that some members of the UVPAFUG have just received their invitation to "new FamilySearch" beta 2. They also received Challenge #5 along with the rest of us. I am really surprised that these invitations are coming out so late! I hope that means beta 2 will hang around for many more weeks for us.

I didn't mention in my earlier article that the Forums are missing from the "Help Center" in beta 2. I have no idea why they are not there or why the Forums are not currently being beta tested? It would appear that there is still hope that some of you will eventually get involved in the Forums beta testing. [I offered you the chance to sign up to beta test the Forums many months ago.]

What I am currently working on for you is some screen captures of the beta testing. I know you are all so interested in what it looks like. Please be patient as I get things ready to share with you.

What I do have for you is a PDF copy of one of the Help Guides - "Introduction to New FamilySearch". The LDS Church has worked hard at making such wonderful "Overviews and Guides" to help everyone learn what "new FamilySearch" is and how to use it.

I have noticed that the "Overviews and Guides" seem to be missing information on the new feature "Individual Map". I am speculating that it must be such a late edition to the beta test that they didn't have a chance to get it into their "Help Guides". The "Individual Map" can be a little buggy at times too. "Individual Maps" use Google Maps to show all the geographical locations of family and personal events that took place during someone’s life time. Great research feature! I'm personally glad they started beta 2 when they did even if some things aren’t ready to go live. It just makes me wonder how long of a wait we will have after beta 2 before everything is fixed and ready to be time released to temple districts around the world.

Well I hope this PDF will help bring you a little taste of what is in store someday for all of us.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!