Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Church's Family Search Website Redesigned
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The LDS Church has redesigned its popular Family
Search website, making it easier to find information and adding a "virtual
genealogist" to guide users through the search process. The site's redesign
comes just one and one-half years after the site was introduced and rocketed
to the top tier of the most visited websites on the Internet. The site's new
features are aimed at novice genealogists.
On the website, users can click on the "Search" tab, then on "Research
Guidance" to get a "virtual genealogist" who introduces herself and conducts
a customized tour that guides the user through the research process and the
resources of the LDS Church's Family History Library. In its press release,
the Church says that the feature is also useful for experts who specialize
in a particular area, but need help outside of that area.
The site updates also include a completely redesigned Family History Library
section, giving facts about the Salt Lake City library, including services,
hours, collection description, contact information and tips and frequently
The website is also still under some development, as the Church plans future
growth. The new design will accommodate that growth, allowing for the
translation of pages into other languages and new features. The design now
includes access to news releases and links to available products.
FamilySearch Offers Customized Research Assistance
LDS Church Press Release 13Oct00 I6