New FamilySearch Family Trees

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The new FamilySearch Family Tree entry for those of us who do not belong to the LDS Church is now available. I couldn’t help myself – I had a look to see what I could make of it.

It’s not really intuitive.

For example, have a look at the tree above and tell me what you think I should do next. Where do I put my father? My mother? Where does it explain that if I put living people in (and I wasn’t initially willing to) they won’t show up anywhere? Where does it tell me that they won’t show up anywhere?

The add and search screen are the same, so if you enter someone’s name hoping to add them and then fill in the fields for parents and spouse, you are not adding the parents and spouse, you are just searching for the person with these people connected to him/her, and you have to add them separately. And because the chart shows two people in each box where you would expect to see one, it’s difficult to work out where to put anyone at all.

I’ve added five people so far, including myself, and I can only see three on the tree, so I’m not spending any more time on it.

I have every respect for the work that FamilySearch do, but they really need to find some decent web developers and analysts.

Pinterest, again

About four months ago I deleted my Pinterest account because of issues I had with their sharing policy. Now, every time I see a mention of Pinterest I think perhaps I was a bit hasty. Well, today I tried to get back into my account, and after requesting a password reset, there it is! All my followers and followings, all the photos I uploaded myself, all my boards are there. I had deleted all the pins I’d borrowed from others because of my concerns.

Pinterest profile

I admit now that I can’t remember precisely what those concerns were, and when I read the current Terms and Conditions I can’t see anything to make me delete my account. Perhaps they’ve changed? Or perhaps I’m less picky.

So, for better or worse, I’m back on Pinterest. Yet another social network to take up too much time!

Back in business

Sydney HarbourFor some reason that I still can’t really explain my blog has been out of action for the last couple of months. I’ve tried to fix it but didn’t really have time to get into it properly when my small attempts didn’t work. In that time I’ve updated my Social Media for Family Historians book and written a new one called Land research for family historians in Australia and New Zealand.

I’ve just had another go, and when what I tried to do didn’t work I put it back the way it was and started installing another one, with the intention of loading it up with a backup. For some reason I can’t explain doing those things has caused it to work.

It’s a mystery to me, but it’s good to be back!