FamilySearch Users Can Now Correct Name Indexing Errors!

 FamilySearch has added a much-anticipated innovation that now enables users to make name corrections to its indexes. Corrections made by users increase the likelihood of success for researchers to find the records of their ancestors. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

If you have ever searched for ancestors online in indexed records, you inevitably find collections where your ancestor’s name was indexed incorrectly. Sometimes it was indexed correctly according to what was written on the source document, but that name may not be an alternative spelling of the name used by your family.

The reasons for incorrect entries of indexed names are many and valid—difficult-to-read handwriting, faded ink, document damage, errors in the original documents, uncommon names, language barriers, and unexpected spellings are among them. When entries are indexed incorrectly from valuable historic records, it is difficult for family researchers to find the ancestor and the accompanying information they are seeking.

People can now correct the spelling on the index and leave a brief explanation. Corrections will appear along with the original index entries—making both searchable online. Only indexes referring to images can be corrected, meaning that not all index entries are editable. A user can check the image and compare it to the index entry. An icon of a page and a camera at the side of the index entry indicate that an image is available.

FamilySearch product manager John Alexander recommends that users take the time to use the new tool as needed when they run across indexed records that they know are in error. “Adding corrections to an index when the information does not match the names as written in the original document or if the document was recorded wrong will increase the quality of the index and usefulness to other searchers,” said Alexander. For example, if “Johnathan”—spelled with an H—was indexed as “Jonathan,” a user who recognizes the error can add to the index to show the actual spelling as written in the document.

Alexander reported that users will soon have the ability to correct additional types of indexing errors besides names.

FamilySearch Indexing Editing Made Easy

Editing an index entry on FamilySearch is simple. When searching for an ancestor on the site, users can look through the results for a likely record and click the ancestor’s name. A box will pop up with the indexed information on the left and a clickable image on the right. If the index is editable, the word “Edit” will appear in blue to the right of the name.

To enter the desired correction, click Edit, and follow the prompts. A space is included for other comments or explanations. User corrections will not override the information already on FamilySearch but adds an alternative. Multiple corrections can be added to a record. All will be searchable.

Can’t to be at RootsTech London and RootsTech to learn of the first numbers of edited names!

FamilySearch Indexing Editing tool enables users to correct name indexing errors.

FamilySearch’s Top Record Collections of 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (8 January 2019), In 2018, FamilySearch added hundreds of millions of searchable free images and indexes of historical records from all around the world. The records came from locations such as Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, and the United States. We thought we’d summarize those countries with the largest volume of new records and images for you and provide convenient links to help you quickly discover a few new ancestors. FamilySearch now has over 8 billion free names and record images.

Country Records and Images 
Australia 1,618,183
Brazil 1,591,900
England 9,948,263
France 12,010,885
Germany 85,357,860
Ireland 7,868,337
Italy 7,541,275
Mexico 63,530,408
Netherlands 18,018,230
Russia 1,032,510
South Africa 1,029,108
Sweden 45,910,699
United Kingdom 3,264,935
United States– Alabama 4,115,533
United States– California 6,055,650
United States Census 11,779,223
United States– Georgia 1,224,740
United States– Illinois 1,041,748
United States– Kansas 1,609,914
United States– Kentucky 1,561,926
United States– Michigan 1,570,493
United States– Native American Census Rolls 1,974,407
United States– New York 4,194,464
United States– New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 3,243,589
United States– New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (Castle Garden) 428,944
United States– New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 5,192,064
United States– North Carolina 7,023,969
United States– Ohio 1,077,187
United States– Oklahoma 5,848,398
United States– Pennsylvania 1,236,748
United States– Vermont 2,401,944
United States– Veteran’s Administration 3,099,585
United States– Virginia 6,236,808
United States– West Virginia 1,158,909

What’s new for FamilySearch in 2019!

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (7 January 2019), The popular, free genealogy website,, announced its 2019 plans to enhance its record search and Family Tree search capabilities and introduce new interactive discovery experiences. FamilySearch is a global leader in the growing Family History market segment, serving 12 million users worldwide.

In addition to over 300 million additional historical records and images for family history discoveries, look for the following new offerings in 2019.

1. Online Interactive Discovery Experiences

For the first time, fun discovery experiences that have been available only at life-sized, interactive kiosks in select FamilySearch venues will also be available on in 2019. Making these three discovery experiences available online will expand the reach of the activities to more patrons globally.

  • All about Me

Have you ever wondered about the origin and meaning of your name or what events happened in the year you were born? The All about Meexperience will allow you to discover these fun things about yourself and also about your ancestors.

  • Picture My Heritage

This simple and fun experience lets you insert yourself digitally into traditional clothing related to your heritage. On Picture My Heritage, you can save your custom photos or share them with friends and family.

  • Record My Story

Priceless stories and memories from you or family members can be recorded on Record My Storyand added—by text or audio—to or downloaded to another source.

2. Family Tree and Friends, Associates, and Neighbor (FAN) Relationships

The free FamilySearch Family Tree will give users the ability to record other relationships to an ancestor beyond immediate family members, when applicable, such as friends, associates, and neighbors (FAN). This function will aid research by allowing users to record information about other people living in an ancestor’s household as noted in a historical record, such as boarders or staff.

FamilySearch will continue to develop site experiences that enable families to connect with their ancestral homelands near and far. will also provide more help throughout the site to make it easier for visitors to accomplish key tasks in a few simple steps.

3. Updated Find Capability

The FamilySearch Family Tree search capacity will be significantly updated to provide faster and better results. Another innovation will allow search engines such as Google to present names and limited facts from the Family Tree to online search queries without the searcher being signed into This feature will enable millions of people searching for their ancestors online to discover the vast, free services FamilySearch offers them.

4. Memories

Millions of people use FamilySearch Memories to record, preserve, and share their family photos, historical documents, and stories. In 2019, users will be able to record audio remembrances related to a photo they have uploaded. Memories will also give users the capability to organize items in an album according to their interests or needs.

5. RootsTech London 2019

RootsTech will hold an additional conference in 2019 in London, England.The first international version of the highly successful RootsTech family history conference will be held in London on October 24–26, 2019, at the ExCel London Convention Center.

The RootsTech London 2019 convention will not replace the annual conference in Salt Lake City (held on February 27–March 2, 2019) but will be an additional RootsTech event. Registration for RootsTech London opens in February 2019.

Roads to RootsTech : Episode II


In « Roads to RootsTech » Episode 2, Tara tells us of the organisation of such a massive event! Here’s I’ve got to say something because Tara deserves a massive shout out ( The whole RootsTech team does in fact!) for the massive work that she does and yes, she reads everything everywhere, so if you read this here Tara 😉 :

Well done!!!!

Roads to RootsTech : Episode I

How I love this « Roads to RootsTech series » giving us insight behind the curtains!

Good Job Guys and Girls!






Jen Allen, show manager, tells of organizing RootsTech and the importance of beginning early in this episode! 🙂


Expanded immigrations records of Ellis Island available at FamilySearch !

Salt Lake City, Utah (14 August 2018), What do over a 100 million Americans have in common? Their ancestors immigrated through Ellis Island or one of the New York Harbor immigration stations that preceded it. FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced today the entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are now available online on both websites giving the opportunity to the descendants of over 100 million arrivals to discover their ancestors quicker and free of charge. (Find and share this announcement and more downloadable photos and infographics from the FamilySearch Newsroom.)

Originally preserved on microfilm, 9.3 million images of historical New York passenger records spanning 130 years were digitized and indexed in a massive effort by 165,590 online FamilySearch volunteers. The result is a free searchable online database containing 63.7 million names, including immigrants, crew, and other passengers traveling to and from the United States through the nation’s largest port of entry.

“The Foundation is delighted to make these immigration records accessible to the public for free for the first time,” said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “This completes the circle of our decades-long collaboration with the team from FamilySearch, which began with providing the public with unprecedented access to their genealogy and sparking a world-wide phenomenon linking past and present.”

The expanded collections can be searched at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s website or at FamilySearch in three collections, representing three distinct periods of migration history.

famous-immigrants-NY-Ellis-IslandThe ship manifests list passengers, their names, age, last place of residence, who is sponsoring them in America, the port of departure, and their date of arrival in New York Harbor and sometimes other interesting information, such as how much money they carried on them, number of bags, and where on the ship they resided during its sail from overseas.

For millions of Americans, the first chapter in the story of their lives in the New World was written on tiny Ellis Island located in upper New York Bay off the coast of Manhattan Island. An estimated 40 percent of Americans are descended from those who emigrated, primarily from European countries in the period from 1892 to 1954. Millions of them passed through Ellis Island’s immigration center in route to lives in “the land of the free”.

A lesser known fact is that what we know today as “Ellis Island” didn’t exist before 1892. Ellis Island’s predecessor—Castle Garden—was actually America’s first immigration center. Today it is known as Castle Clinton National Park, a 25-acre waterfront historical park located within The Battery, one of New York City’s oldest parks and the departure point for tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.


See Ellis Island and Castle Garden Immigration Records for more fun, quick facts and helpful resources.

Create your free FamilySearch Family Tree, and preserve and share your immigrant ancestors’ photos and stories.


About the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created museums on both islands, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center®, and the Peopling of America Center® which transformed the museum into the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Its newest project will be the new Statue of Liberty Museum. The Foundation’s endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

Patronomia passe à l’International !

La saison de RootsTech est toujours propice aux annonces de nouveaux partenariats et c’est tant mieux !

Aujourd’hui c’est au tour de Patronomia de présenter son nouveau service de Patronomia qui vous permettra de faire imprimer sous format livre votre généalogie d’où que vous soyez dans le monde ! Expats au Japon, en Afrique ou en Amérique du Sud ? Vous etes des petits veinards ! ( Vous pouvez évidemment commander de Namur ou d’Antony 😉 )




Puteaux, le 21 février 2018 – PATRONOMIA a annoncé mercredi le lancement de son service international de composition et d’impression à la demande de livres de généalogie, devenant ainsi le premier prestataire mondial sur cette niche.

Toute personne qui a fait des recherches sur ses ancêtres peut réunir texte et photos dans un livre facile à consulter et le faire imprimer en plusieurs exemplaires pour le distribuer à ses proches. Les notices généalogiques se rédigent automatiquement dans la langue choisie, les arbres généalogiques sont clairement mis en page.Ce service sera présenté la semaine prochaine aux États-Unis où PATRONOMIA disposera d’un stand dans la section “Innovation Alley” au congrès international de généalogie RootsTech, du 28 février au 3 mars à Salt Lake City.

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Grâce à un accord avec le portail américain FamilySearch, chacun peut créer en quelques minutes un livre personnalisé de son histoire familiale dans la langue de son choix : dès maintenant en français, anglais, espagnol et italien, ultérieurement en allemand, portugais et néerlandais.

La technologie mise en œuvre par PATRONOMIA permet d’automatiser la composition de l’ouvrage et de garantir ainsi des prix bas. L’utilisateur peut feuilleter son livre à l’écran et faire autant d’essais que nécessaire avant de donner son “bon à tirer” et de payer en ligne.

L’impression des livres est réalisée en France dans un délai très court – de 3 à 5 jours – par Jouve, certifiée Imprim’Vert®.

L’expédition se fait par Colissimo vers l’Europe, par DHL vers le reste du monde.

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À propos de PATRONOMIA

PATRONOMIA développe et exploite des applications web innovantes pour la généalogie familiale et la généalogie successorale.  Créée fin 2012 par un informaticien féru de généalogie, PATRONOMIA est devenue en cinq ans un acteur incontournable de son secteur.

La société est basée à Puteaux (Paris – La Défense).

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À propos de FamilySearch

FamilySearch, autrefois connu sous le nom de Genealogical Society of Utah fondée en 1894, est l’organisme généalogique le plus grand au monde. Chaque année, des millions de gens utilisent les documents, les ressources et les services entièrement gratuits de FamilySearch pour en apprendre davantage sur leur histoire familiale.

À propos de RootsTech :

RootsTech est un congrès international où les personnes de tous âges sont invitées à découvrir et partager leurs souvenirs et leurs liens. Cet événement annuel est devenu le plus grand du genre, attirant des dizaines de milliers de participants du monde entier.

À propos de Jouve

Acteur global de la chaîne graphique, Jouve intervient de la conception au routage de vos produits imprimés. Notre offre associant technologies de pointe et solutions innovantes valorise vos ouvrages. Nos équipes vous accompagnent pour répondre efficacement à votre besoin tout en améliorant vos processus métier et votre compétitivité.


FamilySearch plans for 2018 : you’re not ready!

Salt Lake City, Utah (22 January 2018), FamilySearch is a global leader in fun, online family history services with over 9 million users in 2017. In 2018 FamilySearch will be expanding its free site and services by adding new family discoveries, more online connections, expanded global reach, and millions of new sources to search. (Find and share this announcement online from the FamilySearch Newsroom).

1.   Personalized Home Page

Refinements to the FamilySearch personalized home pagewill enable signed-in patrons to make many more new discoveries and easily engage with their family trees.

As new photos, stories, or documents are added by other members of the family, they will be shown on your personalized home page and prioritized based on relevance. You will also be able to see new additions as relatives add them.

FamilySearch's new user dashboard personalizes activity and new content in a fun, interesting way.Enjoy more adaptive, relevant FamilySearch Record Hints. As millions of new records are added to FamilySearch weekly, the search engine maps them with your family tree. FamilySearch will specifically begin looking for new ancestor record sources you don’t already have in your tree. It will be easier than ever to add them.

Relevant ancestor event notifications, if you want, will be able to prompt you throughout the year regarding relevant dates in the lives of your ancestors. These can be great nudges to learn more about your forbears.

2.   Historical Records

FamilySearch will digitally preserve over 400 million images in 2018 and publish the majority of them online. It will also add hundreds of millions of indexed, searchable names in historical records, thus making it easier and faster to find your ancestors.

New additions will include prominent international collections from Europe, Central and South America, and the United States. New images will first be accessible in the FamilySearch Catalog Viewer. Once they are indexed or have additional metadata, they’ll be published in the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

3.   Online Discovery Experiences

FamilySearch will introduce fun, new personal “discovery” experiences online and in additional physical locations in 2018. The online experiences will be similar to the popular attractions currently found in select FamilySearch Family Discovery Centers.

4.    Family Tree

Refinements to the FamilySearch Family Tree in 2018 will extend its reach globally to more devices through improved language support and making the service faster and easier to navigate in lower bandwidth regions of the world.

An underlying goal of the FamilySearch Family Tree is to ensure new developments regarding data are always converging towards more accuracy and completeness.

An upcoming feature will help improve collaboration while encouraging more sound edits and discouraging poor edits to good data.    

5.  Family Tree Mobile App

FamilySearch will continue to update its FamilySearch Family Tree app and mobile experiences, which extend the website’s functionality. Currently, the robust app has 90 percent of the functionality of the web feature.

The app will provide fun, location-based experiences for making family discoveries wherever you happen to be. The popular 2017 “Relatives Around Me” feature allowed crowds or groups to discover who in the crowd was related to them and how.

New experiences in 2018 will build upon this, allowing interaction based on your proximity to people or locations with which you have a personal ancestral relationship.

The app will also continue to enhance the research capabilities of the mobile experience, including a new Research Mode that will allow multiple windows to be opened simultaneously to facilitate multitasking and research from within the app.

6.    Memories

Individuals are now uploading millions of family photos and documents for free permanent storage at FamilySearch. In 2018, patrons will be able to add multiple photos to a family story, rather than just one.

The FamilySearch Tree Fan Chart will help patrons, at a glance, easily discover areas in their tree where memories and sources are attached to ancestors, and help them identify opportunities where they need to be added.

7.   FamilySearch Web-Based Indexing

FamilySearch will end its desktop indexing software in 2018 as it continues to roll out more updates to its new web indexing platform. The new web tool is easy to use and works with any digital device (besides cell phones) with a web browser. It enables hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to make millions of historical images easily and freely searchable by name so online family history researchers can quickly discover ancestors.

8.  RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, will continue to expand its support of community growth, personal development, and exciting industry innovation. This popular global family history conference will attract over 100,000 attendees (in-person and live online viewers).

Keynotes this year will include: Scott Hamilton, olympic figure skating champion, Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York photographer and writer, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Finding Your Roots. and Natalia Fourcade, internationally renowned Mexican pop-rock singer.

The RootsTech Innovation Showcase will highlight exciting innovations related to family history. It will replace the Innovator Summit and Innovator Showdown.

9.   Oral Histories

Family history in oral (no written documentation) cultures are kept in the minds of village elders—walking, human libraries. When they pass away, the library is lost forever. FamilySearch will increase the number of oral histories it captures from these tribal historians significantly throughout Africa.

FamilySearch appreciates its growing customer base (over 134 million visits in 2017!). When you visit FamilySearch in 2018, be sure to sign in to your free account to enjoy the most of what FamilySearch has to offer! »

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FamilySearch vous propose de nouvelles résolutions !

Un challenge, sous la forme d’écriture de l’histoire de votre famille, en répondant chaque mois à quelques questions selon un thème prédéterminé et regroupées en catégorie ( Famille en ce compris histoires de familles 😉 , Carrière, Loisirs, Amis…) et cela peut etre décliné selon vos souhaits de plusieurs manières : par semaine, tout d’un coup, en faisant quelques lignes à la fois, tout un paragraphe ou plus si affinités !

A garder pour vous même comme memeto ou à partager avec qui vous voulez 🙂

Bref, un chouette projet que je vais tenter de suivre selon mes possibilités et que vous pouvez partager avec le #52stories !

Answer one question per week as part of the #52stories project from FamilySearch.