Yesterday New FamilySearch (NFS) was switched to read-only mode. That doesn’t mean that no changes will occur to the NFS information. It only means that no changes can be made using the NFS website. The NFS database will continue to be synchronized with the FamilySearch Family Tree database. Changes made in Family Tree will be reflected in NFS. Visitors to NFS were greeted with this message:
Those that login to NFS will see a simplified interface. The only remaining options are “Me and My Ancestors” and “Search.”
Because the two databases are still being synchronized, IOUSes will still not be combinable in Family Tree. I don’t recall if FamilySearch has given a date for turning off the synchronization between the two trees. Has anyone heard anything? Whatever you’ve heard, my sense is that we will continue to live with that limitation for a long, long, long time.
It was my intent to write about another feature of Family Tree, but Wednesday night as I attempted to do so, the FamilySearch website was malfunctioning. I’d had other problems earlier in the day. I had seen server errors and website timeouts off and on the entire day.
I wondered if it was just me so I tried the http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ website. Enter the name of a website and the “Down For Everyone or Just Me” website will check it for you. If the website (in this case, FamilySearch.org) is down for everyone, it will tell you so. It was.
Wednesday night, when viewing the list of persons tagged in a document, the links to Family Tree wouldn’t function. I switched browsers from Firefox to Chrome and Internet Explorer. In these browsers, the errant links were completely missing, as were the red exclamation points indicating non-linked persons.
FamilySearch.org works most of the time. But I’ve had problems at least once a day this week. More weeks than not I have at least one problem and often more.I better erase the next paragraph. It’s late and I’m frustrated. (Don’t worry; there were no swear words.)
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