Beta Family Tree
Beta Family Tree Testing is Near Completion
Direct access to the Family Tree by Ancestral Quest is now being tested. Although the changes are massive, the impact on the user is very small. I will show the differences as they appear at this time. Remember that we are in an interim period where both databases are accessible. This will pass. The current rumor on the date for the termination of access to the newFamilySearch database is June 30, 2013.
To demonstrate the current state of access to the Family Tree through AQ BETA, I selected a person to view.
According to the icons showing for Sarah Goldthwaite, she is deceased. She is not currently linked to the Church’s databases. My file does not include LDS ordinances for her. Her death is assumed because it is over 110 years since her birth.
Her Edit Individual screen confirms what we see from the icons.
I clicked the Cancel button, and returned to the Family view. From there I clicked on the Temple icon to place her record on the Names to Reserve screen.
At the bottom of the Names to Reserve screen you will find the following line.
I clicked the Link / Upload button. This brought up the Link screen. There are some interesting things on this screen.
Let’s start at the top, and work our way down. The More Names line is new. As it stands now, you are seeing the value retrieved from the Family Tree. On the old database this would have been the Summary Value. Clicking on More Names will cause AQ to retrieve alternate names from the FT database.
Note that for Birth and Christening, there is only one date and location for each.
At the bottom of the screen, there is a new Show nFS Data check box. In the screen above, this is unchecked. Because it is unchecked, any values in the Birth, Christening, Death or Burial fields will come from the Family Tree database only. Now I will check the Show nFS Data box.
This causes AQ to use the old API (Application Program Interface) to retrieve from the nFS database, the other dates and places, which have been dropped from the Family Tree.
Now I will click on More Names.
Now, Ancestral Quest selects Alternate Names from the FT database.
There is one more thing to look for. The Family Tree database stores multiple values for dates and places of marriages. To demonstrate this, I’ll select another record.
I have selected my grandmother. I will click on the Family Tree icon.
I next click on the Spouses Children button at the bottom of the screen.
Each of her marriages shows a More Marriage Opinions line. I will click on each of these.
Now the Alternate Marriage facts are presented.
You still have a short time to correct the errors which were introduced when the Church’s computers selected often incorrect and/or incomplete data to be moved to the Family Tree. Use it wisely.
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