Originally posted by Robert Givens on: September 02, 2008, 08:34:12 AM
FamilySearch is the Church’s main Family History Site and that will not change. All these other sites are temporary site locations for new applications which will be developed to be added to the FamilySearch site once they are ready for full release. Many of these sites are available in limited release or access is being allowed while the sites are being prepared to be added to FamilySearch.
new.FamilySeach: This is a temporary site location for two application, Family Tree and the online Temple Ready application. These programs are in limited release to some Temple Districts. Once these programs are completed they will be added to FamilySearch and the new.FamilySearch site will be discontinued.
FamilySearch Labs is a place where you can go to see new applications and new versions of existing applications which are being developed and will someday be added to FamilySearch. They let us use the programs while they are being developed and encourage us to provide feedback to help develop the applications to meet our needs.
The FamilyTree program that you see at FSLabs is the new version of newFamilySearch that is under development. FamilyTree is the upcoming view that users will get when they log into Me and My Ancestors.
The RecordSearch program you see at FSLabs has already been added to FamilySearch as Record Search Pilot. Record Search is the application which allows us to search the databases created in the FamilySearch Indexing program.
The FamilySearch Indexing program was developed at FSLabs and has now been added to FamilySearch. The FS Indexing program is a project to extract all the microfilms from the Family History Library and make them available online through the Record Search application.
The FamilySearch Research Wiki and the FamilySearch Research Forums will be added to FamilySearch once they are ready. They are being developed to provide research assistance in doing Family History.
FamilySearch Archives is a new application which has been added to FamilySearch. This is a project to digitize all the books at the Family History Library and family history books from other major libraries and make them available online at FamilySearch. It is being hosted for FamilySearch by BYU, you can access those books which have already been scanned and digitized from the search menu at FamilySearch.
If you want to find out more about the technology applications of the Church you can go to http://tech.lds.org/index.php.
(This was written by Gary Turner at the FHCNET mail group I belong to.)