Wednesday, April 17, 2013

First Look at FamilySearch Family Tree Stories

In addition to the revamp of the FamilySearch website (see FamilySearch Unveils Their New Website Design) and the opening of the Photos feature (see FamilySearch Photos Is Open), FamilySearch added their "Stories" feature to the FamilySearch Family Tree.

I added a story to my great-grandfather's profile on FamilySearch Family Tree today, and it was very easy to do.  Here was my process:

1)  From the Person profile for Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946):

2)  On the line of tabs below the person's name, I clicked on the "Stories" tab:

3)  To "Add Story," I clicked on the green plus sign, and a form opened for input of a Title and the Story:

4)  I entered a title, and then copy/pasted text from my RootsMagic database into the "Write your story here" field:

I could have attached a Photo to this story also.

5)  After adding and editing the title and story, I clicked on the blue "Save" button on the screen above.  The "Attach Stories to ..." page opened:

I have to click on the blue "Attach Stories" button on the screen above in order to get the Story into the FamilySearch Family Tree system.

6)  After I clicked the "Attach Stories" button, clicking on the "Stories" page leads to:

I added the names of the two persons named in the Story to the "People in This Story" box on the right.  Since I have photos of Della and Austin in the Family Tree, their head shots are shown.

7)  This process is very simple and easy to follow.  The key stroke is to click the "Attach Stories" button.

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1 comment:

Elizabeth Lapointe said...


I use FamilySearch to research the historical recods of Canada.

I found that it takes 5 clicks to get to the end point of the record I want to look at, and it seems like it is presented backwards.

Do you know if if they tested this before it went to out to the public? Surely, the test people would have said it doesn't completely make sense, and in some respect, isn't as user friendly as as it could be.