Changes to Websites, New Technical Tools and Enlarged Databases
Family history is a dynamic and changing environment. Some of the more significant changes to have taken place since late 2014, include the following:
- Improvements in FamilySearch for recording personal and family stories;
- Ancestry introduces an interface with FamilySearch that enables synchronization on a limited scale and facilitates matching persons;
- MyHeritage introduces a matching feature that includes Family Tree on FamilySearch and a timeline feature;
- FamilySearch introduces a new tree view called "Landscape" that is much more user friendly and facilitates better and more comprehensive matches when entering relatives onto your tree;
- Searchable databases have incrementally expanded on FamilySearch and on all of its collaborative partner sites; whereby, there are about 20 billion historical records now available online;
- AmericanAncestors, featuring a Colonial New England database, was added as a collaborative partner of FamilySearch;
- Many minor improvements have been introduced to a variety of technical tools on all websites including search fields; and
- Ancestry has introduced a new look to its website, currently in beta stage, with many new features, including a life-story, facts view and media gallery.
RoadMap is designed to be simple to use and easy to understand in order to help you apply the technical tools on each applicable website; and, to do so in a progressive and orderly way. I know that if you will follow the pattern of RoadMap, you will be successful in finding your ancestors and their descendants along with their stories. Remember, there are available to you about 20 billion searchable historical records mostly covering North and South America, western Europe and countries of the South Pacific and Pacific Asian rim. You just need to learn to use the amazing technical tools now available and you will be well on your way to getting to know your ancestors and some of their descendants.