Last week I spoke at the BYU family history conference and it gave me the opportunity to review a number of software products that have been either released, or significantly updated over the past year. There are some truly outstanding products on the market that have emerged. Over the next few weeks I’ll introduce (or reintroduce) a few of these great products. This week I will focus on TreeSeek.com. TreeSeek may be familiar to some of you when you visit. Their original URL was CreateFan.com and they had the first fan chart that was connected to FamilySearch. In many ways their experience was the inspiration for the fan chart on FamilySearch. They have really expanded their vision and services since CreateFan, however. The new site TreeSeek.com has a number of really great visuals for your family history, including a nine generation fan chart, a name cloud chart, a seven generation fan chart, a four and five generation photo chart, and four and nine generation pedigrees. The site is integrated with FamilySearch, so if your tree is on FamilySearch.org all you need to do is login and they pull the family information and photos from FamilySearch to generate the charts. They have also added a bit of entertainment. They have a new solitaire experience you can try in beta. The cards are generated from pictures of your ancestors. It is entertaining and a great way to show your kids photos of your ancestors while they enjoy a game of solitaire. TreeSeek has moved beyond just great views of your tree and entertainment. They have recently added a Source Tracker. Source tracker reads the information from the FamilySearch tree and generates an incredibly useful report on which ancestors have been sourced in each US census in which they should be present. The software looks at their lives to determine which of the censuses they should be in and then looks at the sources to see whether a source has been added for them from that census. If it finds a source then it gives you a check box. If it doesn’t find a source then it allows you to click on the report and do an immediate search on FamilySearch to find the person in the census for that year. I don’t think I have ever seen a more compact, simple, and powerful experience than this one for helping find information on ancestors. They have developed the same experience for vital information. The software looks at your ancestors and generates a chart that shows whether name, gender, birth, marriage, and death have been sourced. It also provides a summary of the number of sources on each record in your tree. Again, if a source is missing it provides a link you can click on to search in the FamilySearch records. The experiences on TreeSeek.com are an example of the power that a creative organization can do when enabled by access to FamilySearch records and trees. There are many more of these experiences to come. Have a look at TreeSeek.com. For more experiences you can visit FamilySearch.org/products.
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