Below are highlights of a number of features that are relatively new to

Pedigree Views

You can now view your family pedigrees in a traditional view, as a fan chart, and as a portrait chart showing photos of ancestors that have been submitted to FamilySearch by your relatives. With a descendency chart view, you can see your descendants and maybe spot ancestral lines to which new information can be added. The charts can be printed and shared with others. One FamilySearch user makes place mats from her ancestral fan chart so her children can have dinner with their ancestors.

Record Hints

With a feature introduced about a year ago, FamilySearch automatically compares people in your ancestry with its vast database of indexed records—the indexing having been done by FamilySearch volunteers—and then offers “hints” of records that you might access.

If the hinted record is indeed a match, you can add information from that record to your family tree. Record Hints can be accessed from two places in the Family Tree section of FamilySearch: the descendency view of a pedigree chart or an ancestor’s individual details page.

FamilySearch Apps

The family history center can be on your smartphone if you use apps such as FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories, both of which can be downloaded free from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

FamilySearch Tree lets you view the details of your Family Tree. It helps you see connections with your ancestors by looking through the stories and photos. It also lets you add more photos and stories to your family branches.

FamilySearch Memories makes it easy to collect, preserve, and share your favorite family memories. You can quickly record photos, video, and audio to capture events, heirlooms, pictures, and family history stories. You can tag people and events, and all this syncs to You can also make voice recordings and it will turn the audio into text.


The Memories section of lets you upload photos and stories about your family and ancestors. You can then tag them and link them to people in your tree. You can record the stories by speaking into a smartphone and uploading the recording or by copying and pasting from a word processing document or email.

In Family Tree, all of the information for living people is private and can be accessed only by family. Items in the Memories section, such as a photo or an audio file, can be made accessible to a wider audience.

For more information about these features, see the article “New Features You’ll Find at”

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