FamilySearch Family Tree now on the FamilySearch Front Page

Back in November I wrote about the FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) online genealogy database. At that time you had to know the secret of how to get in to the database. Now FamilySearch has added a tab to their main page. You will still have to sign up for a FamilySearch account if you don’t already have one.

FSFT contains all the data from the old Ancestral file, Pedigree Resource file and IGI. That means there is already a lot of information. That also means that all the past duplicate records and past errors are in FSFT. Once you learn how to negotiate the database you can make corrections to the data and best of all it encourages you to add sources any time changes are made. If your family is not already in the database, you can add new information one person at a time or by using a GEDCOM. Note that adding new data via a GEDCOM can take an extreme number of hours. There are both videos and documents to help you learn how to use FSFT.

If you are not interested in putting your family data on FSFT then you can still just search the database, Again, you will still have to have a free FamilySearch account.

I think that eventually that FSFT will become a great source of information. It needs the help of everyone to add good sources. Remember that any data that isn’t sourced should be used only as clues in your own research.