I made that up. I didn't know how else to put it in a headline, but the New FamilySearch (NFS) rollout has hit an important milestone. Let me explain. I'm dividing the United States rollout of NFS into 3 phases. The first phase consisted of rollouts to individual temples at the rate of about 1 per month. (That was a real phase that I didn't make up. See New FamilySearch Rollout Accidentally Announced.)
I'm calling the rollout to Utah and Idaho, which will occur last, phase 3. That leaves everything in between as phase 2. Now the exciting milestone. Look at the map and you'll see there are no more red dots in the United States outside Utah and Idaho! All other U.S. temples have already started using NFS or are in the 4 month window! Phase 2 is completely in-process. Wahoo!
In fact, the only red dot remaining north of the Rio Grande is Regina Saskatchewan. They could be in transition too and it could take several weeks for dog teams to get the word out, ay! (Just kidding. Please don't be offended!)
The Rest of the World
FamilySearch publicly announces after temple districts have gone live. Before that, I can put them in the yellow—notified—category only if someone tells me or mentions it somewhere online. And it pretty much has to be in English too, or I may never hear about it. Keep that in mind as you look over the red dots in non-English speaking countries.
Since most of Europe were notified early this year, I suspect they should start going live, even though I haven't heard anything yet. I haven't heard of any districts going live the week of 4-July-2008, so maybe FamilySearch employees get some time off.
Announced for 8-July-2008 are
- Johannesburg South Africa,
- Newport Beach California and
- Redlands California (completing California!).
In the 3 additional weeks of July, we could have between 6 and 12 districts activated. Perhaps that will include the 6 districts that were notified near the first of the year:
- Buenos Aires
- Copenhagen Denmark
- Frankfurt Germany
- Freiberg Germany
- Helsinki Finland
- Stockholm Sweden
Plus there are 4 weeks in August that are unaccounted for. That's another 8 to 16 temples that could go live that I don't know about. But that's pure speculation on my part. If you have missionaries internationally, pass on what they know. I'm at AncestryInsider@gmail.com .
I've recently added a cool new feature to my map. Hover over a dot and Internet Explorer will display the name of the temple. (Unfortunately, I just found out that this doesn't work in Firefox.) Thank you to those that suggested this improvement.
I've added blinking to the temple districts that have changed since the last map (which was just last week).
Since my last rollout update article, four temples have gone live:
- Ciudad Juárez México - 17-Jun-2008
- Hermosillo Sonora México - 17-Jun-2008
- Birmingham Alabama - 24-Jun-2008
- Raleigh North Carolina - 24-Jun-2008
These districts have received notifications with 4 month windows ending in September and October:
- Anchorage Alaska
- Medford Oregon
- Montreal Quebec
- Oklahoma City Oklahoma
- Portland Oregon
- Spokane Washington
Wednesday and Thursday people usually start reporting in new notifications. Will this continue now that much of the English-speaking world has already been notified? Check back to see at Temple Districts Using New FamilySearch.