Monday, September 24, 2007

Software and New FamilySearch

New FamilySearch is rolling out gradually first to LDS Temple districts, then eventually to the genealogy world at large. The concept is to have a single, free, online genealogy database to avoid duplication of temple work (for Mormons).

Genealogists who are not members of the LDS faith will eventually have access to the New FamilySearch, and will likely see it as a one-stop place for:
  • dovetailing family trees with other researchers
  • finding links to scanned documents proving relationships
  • finding links to other resources that might have relevent documents
There have been many heated discussions about which genealogy programs are best suited to interface with the New FamilySearch.

Please read Renee Zamora’s blog about the various software programs that are compatible with New FamilySearch. She attended several sessions at the Northern Utah Genealogy & Family History Jamboree on 15 Sept 2007 in Ogden, as she reports:

“I first attended Gordon Clarke’s presentation on Third-Party Products and New
FamilySearch. Clarke is the FamilySearch Developer Services Manager. He is
coordinating the efforts to have developers’ existing and new software products
work in conjunction with New FamilySearch Application Program Interface (API)
and web services.

We received official word on what genealogy software applications are working with FamilySearch in getting their products to interface with New FamilySearch. It’s been a year and ½ in the works but now we know:

• Ancestral Quest
• Generation Maps
• PAF Companion (Progeny)
• Legacy
• RootsMagic
• Ohana Software (Family Insight)

…will work with NFS. Now you might of notices several things:

A. PAF [Personal Ancestral File] is not on the list.

Yes, they confirmed that PAF is a dead animal. They understand that some will still use it, so they will still support it. BUT, if you want to have you genealogy database interact and sync with NFS then you need to move over to a commercial product to do so.”

For more of the blog entry, including info about FTM and TMG, see:

Renee has some important additional points for you all to consider, often quoting Gordon Clarke directly.

Please don't waste time worrying any more about PAF. It is off the charts now.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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