I felt sorry for Randy when he took a week off during NGS (or was it FGS?) and missed a couple of announcements. I take two weeks off and come home to find the laws of nature changed!! But enough about the Ancestry.com/FamilySearch.org partnership (for now). First, it's high time I caught you up on the New FamilySearch (NFS) rollout!
The Teeter Has Totted
Do you remember walking the length of a teeter-totter with no one on the other end? When you pass the half-way point, the far end drops. Well, while I was gone the NFS teeter-totter dropped! We've now passed the half-way point with 69 out of 126 operating temples using the New FamilySearch.
While I was gone Recife Brazil went live, completing all 5 temples in Brazil. This ties Australia for the country with the most temples completely switched over to New FamilySearch. Only Mexico and the United States have more temples and neither is completely switched over.
Buenos Aires also went live. Along with Brazil, that completes 6 of 10 South American countries with temples.
Europe had 4 temples go live: Frankfurt, Freiberg, Denmark and Finland. Sweden and the Netherlands are rumored to go live next Tuesday, which will finish all of continental Europe, leaving the 2 temples in England before I consider the entire continent technically complete.
Two Pacific island temples went live, the first since the 2 in Hawaii. They were Manila Philippines and Apia Samoa.
Coming up in August President Monson will dedicate 2 new temples. Panama is scheduled for 10-August-2008 and will likely use NFS right out of the gate as most other new temples. Twin Falls Idaho is scheduled for 24-August-2008 and might not use NFS right away. Rexburg Idaho isn't using it, is it? I'm thinking that as Rexburg went, so will Twin Falls. But then again, maybe the fix for the IOUS problem will be in place by then.That the "In Transition" information is not official was made clear when Lima Peru didn't go live on 15-June as rumored. I don't number that table because I'm too lazy to renumber it each week. But for those of you who like to know, there are 26 temples that are publicly (but unofficially) known to be in transition. The list is getting short enough (which is exciting!) that maybe one day I'll start.
The number of temples for which no news is known is also getting small enough that I'm going to list all of them. I'm adding them to the "News About Other Temple Districts" section of my Temple Districts Using New FamilySearch article.
Let me know when New FamilySearch is coming to your town. Even though I'm now an Insider, I can only share information after you tell me it is publicly known. I understand that to mean announcements made to all family history consultants, priesthood leaders or public meetings. (Sorry; I can't share information gleaned from temple workers or support missionaries since I consider these sources to be private.) Contact me at AncestryInsider@gmail.com.
My mistake. Lima Peru was released after all.