What Is New FamilySearch?
The LDS Church has developed a web application to enable people to contribute to and work with interconnected databases of genealogical information. The most significant features of this new system are:
- multiple people can make assertions of facts
- records can include source citations
- temple ordinance features
- a single, linked, pedigree
- the ability to annotate records
- synchronization with external genealogy database applications
Is New FamilySearch Compatible with the Mac?
There is a certification program for third-party programs that allows degrees of support. There are currently two Macintosh applications in the certification process: FamilyInsight and GetMyAncestors. Both of these are from Ohana Software. The first is in beta test and allows users to access, update, and synchronize with New FamilySearch. The beta version is available for download for $25 USD. The second is a free, access only product.
Who Can Access New FamilySearch?
Access is limited to LDS members until after all temple districts are online. Once that is achieved, work will begin on making the system available to the general public.