Introduction to FamilySearch
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The FamilySearch services and resources are focused on helping you learn more about your family history. FamilySearch is also a centralized location for recording and archiving your family tree online. Only records of those who are deceased are available for others to collaborate with. You can enter and keep track of family members that are living, but these will only be available for you to see.
With tons of records becoming available everyday and their revolutionary ‘volunteer-driven’ indexing programs, this not only the place to keep and share your family history, but the place for discovering more about your family history.
Whats New at FamilySearch?
If you have not been keeping up with the changes at FamilySearch, you are in for three cool surprises.
1> For a year now, FamilySearch is available to everyone. Previously it was only available to LDS Church members. If you do not yet have a FamilySearch login, we encourage you to do so now.
2> Photos and stories can now be attached to the Family Tree! We all know that a family history is not complete without Photos and Stories. FamilySearch now allows photos and stories to be entered/uploaded and connected to people in the family tree. This is great news for Family Photoloom users! Read more below.
3> FamilySearch has completely revamped their site design and interfaces to their internal services called APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). FamilySearch is encouraging third parties (such as Photoloom) to add and enhance services through the use of FamilySearch’s published APIs. This is a win-win for FamilySearch and the companies like Photoloom. In the end, the real winner is the end user. You get the benefits of a solid family tree data source AND the revolutionary features and enhancements that come from other specialized companies like Photoloom.
Photoloom and FamilySearch
Photoloom uses these FamilySearch APIs today to pull information about your ancestors from FamilySearch into Photoloom so that you can organize your pictures around your family history.
Photoloom was previously certified with what they called their “New FamilySearch” APIs. With the recent updates in design and architecture there is a “New-New” FamilySearch API, that we now call “FamilySearch Family Tree”.
Photoloom is currently in the process of being re-certified with the “Access” level FamilySearch Family Tree APIs. The “Access” level of certification allows Family Photoloom to pull in information about your ancestors from FamilySearch.
What’s Next ?
It’s only natural… Photoloom is the easiest way to organize your Photos around your family history. Now that FamilySearch is allowing photos and stories to be added to the Family Tree… Yes, you go it! Your Photos and Stories, that you have organized around your family history in Photoloom, will be sharable on FamilySearch!!
This functionality is currently in development. Once complete, we will apply for the “Connect” level of certification with FamilySearch. This will allow the stories and photos that you are collecting and organizing with Photoloom to become attached to the FamilySearch Family Tree.
Photoloom’s one step Photo Tagging
Photoloom provides a one step process for tagging ancestors in your photos. Since Photoloom’s person records also include a connection (relationship) to the family tree. Adding a photo or a story to your FamilySearch Family Tree will be a snap, and much simplified over the 7-step process that FamilySearch uses.
Here are the steps needed to tag a photo with a person in your family tree:
Photoloom (pictures already uploaded)
#1 Drag record onto picture (if needed) Adjust tag rectangle, and you are DONE
FamilySearch (from ‘Photos’ section, pictures already uploaded)
#1 Click picture (if needed) Adjust tag circle area, and you are just getting started J
#2 Type a name for a “Persona name”, press enter.
#3 Click “People” tab for a list of “Persona” tagged pictures
#4 Click one of these Persona Portraits
#5 Type in the PID number or Search for person in the tree
#6 For a “Search”, type in identifying information, click ‘Find’
#7 Press “Link” or “Select” button, and you are DONE
This next level of certification with FamilySearch will be an excellent match allowing the value that Photoloom was design for to be returned back to the FamilySearch Family tree.
Look for updates here on this blog: http://www.photoloom.wordpress.com