Friday, June 19, 2009

My First Look at FamilySearch Alpha

I love it when new things come to light in the genealogy world. Since I'm not an LDS church member, I'm on the outside of the New FamilySearch watching the development with interest and anticipation.

Dan Lawyer on the FamilySearch Labs blog mentioned FamilySearch Alpha today... so I went exploring and found the Alpha home page:

I couldn't resist putting a name in the Search fields, and it led me to, surprise! the FamilySearch Record Search page of matches:

There are five links in the top menu - Home, Search (which goes to the Record Search home page), Learning, Library and Indexing.

Clicking on the "Learning" link, I saw:

This page will probably link to articles and the FamilySearch Wiki at some time.
The link to the "Library" provides a general information page about the library - and will be added to in the future.

Similarly, the "Indexing" link leads to a generic page.

If you notice the Utah forest and mountain theme in the top screen shot - this is on every page on FamilySearch Alpha. Nice!

I look forward to watching the site grow! It will eventually replace the current web page.


Geolover said...


Thank you for noting that the new setup will replace the present site.

This means that those running Win98 will no longer be able to utilize this resource. I am not sure if it will be compatible with Win2000, for which the latest Quicktime software may not be available.

Eileen said...

I really like the new search databases but I am wondering about the search status of the old databases (Ancestral File, IGI, PRF) in the new FamilySearch Alpha world. Will we still be able to search them?