Family Tree is Live on for All Users & Open to the Public

Well – it’s finally happened. Family Tree is now open to the public. Where previously it was only available to LDS members, the general public is now invited to get involved. I just spent a few minutes on the Family Tree site, and can see that this is going to be a great “time sink.” A good time sink, but never-the-less, I can see spending hours on this… Did I mention that it’s all FREE?

The following is directly from the Family Tree Blog.

Much has been written about Family Tree, the first of several site enhancements for, and the replacement for We’re happy to report that Family Tree is now live on and is available to all users. This opens up the contribution, collaboration, editing, and sourcing tools of Family Tree to researchers—including potential family members— around the world.

As you visit with people about Family Tree feel please share with them the many exciting features of this new tool:

  • Connect and collaborate with others on shared family lines
  • Edit and delete incorrect data, including relationships
  • Provide sources and links to online information that shows where you found family information
  • Preserve family tree information for future generations
  • Use Family Tree on behalf of someone else (helper)
  • Print pedigree charts, family group records, and other reports

Read the full article at the FamilySearch Blog.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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