Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NFS August 2009 Release

The beta test for the August release of New FamilySearch (NFS) started last Friday and Ron Tanner, product manager, gave attendees to his presentation at the UVPAFUG meeting Saturday an advance pique at some of the new features.

Notice: Virtually all of this article is germane only to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friends who are not members might want to skip this article.

New Temple Ordinances Tab

The old Temple Ordinances tab looks like this:

The Old New FamilySearch Temple Tab

The new Temple Ordinances tab has been taken from FamilySearch Family Tree, where it has garnered great user response. It will look like this:

New New FamilySearch Temple Tab

This new temple ordinance tab has several advantages:

  • Accumulating names prior to printing Family Ordinance Requests (FORs)
  • Reprinting FOR
  • Reassigning ordinances from the temple back to yourself (if temple hasn’t yet printed card)
  • Removing (cancelling) reserved ordinances
  • Sorting and resizing columns
  • Reserving all ordinances for an individual, including sealings

Other Changes

Family group records do not automatically show all sources. Instead, you can click a link to the sources and display or print them separately.

The new Temple Ordinances tab requires Adobe Flash Player version 9.0.115 or newer. If you are unable to use the FamilySearch Family Tree Project, you will also not be able to use the new Temple Ordinances tab.

See my previous article, “NFS Rollout News: Ron Tanner Presentation,” for information from the presentation about the NFS rollout. Tanner went on to talk extensively about possible future features. I’ll talk more about those in an upcoming article. Stay tuned…


  1. I noticed in the Beta that the new process does not run the names through Temple Ready when it prints the FOR from the Temple List. Instead it runs them through Temple Ready when it is adding names to the list. This is good for future names but the old process did not run the names through the Temple Ready duplicate check process until you printed the FOR so any names already in the Temple list when this new process starts will not get the Temple Ready checking process unless they change it before they release the update.

  2. Gary,

    Make certain you offer that feedback through normal channels in case the right people aren't monitoring comments here.

    Thanks for all you do for FamilySearch users,

    -- The Insider


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