Robert Kehrer, senior product manager for search, recently announced enhancements to FamilySearch Genealogies, its personal tree feature previous called Community Trees. FamilySearch Genealogies are searched or submitted from https://familysearch.org/family-trees. To reach that page, click on Search and then on Genealogies.
There are four tree collections in FamilySearch Genealogies:
- Ancestral File
- Pedigree Resource File
- International Genealogical Index from LDS Church member submissions
- Community Trees
You already know what the first three are. Anyone can upload a tree to the Pedigree Resource File. The ability to have a personal tree on FamilySearch is often overshadowed by FamilySearch Family Tree. You can upload a GEDCOM. If desired, you can then move new persons into Family Tree.
Community Trees is a new addition to FamilySearch Genealogies. They previously resided on the FamilySearch Labs website. It is “s collection of sourced genealogies from specific times and places that have been linked according to family lineages and relations.” See my article, “FamilySearch Community Trees” for more information.
The new search form allows searching all or any one of the four collections. The form has been updated to with the familiar feel of the historical records search form.
Two years ago I complained that this area of FamilySearch.org didn’t have a pedigree view, even though it contained lineage-linked trees. See “Ancestral File Tree View.” This new release fixes that deficiency, as shown above. Like New FamilySearch and Family Tree, it uses the new-fangled couple pedigree instead of an individual pedigree. In my opinion, lines joining four parents to two children is initially ambiguous and confusing. (See the image, below.) But you get used to it.
A separate person page is avoided by including a panel along the left side. (See the first image of this article). Unlike the classic FamilySearch.org website, which displayed four generations with rich details, this pedigree shows only names and birth and death years.
But overall, this release is a big win.