FamilySearch Family Tree is a collaborative pedigree that enables people to work together. A key ingredient of that collaboration is the ability to make changes, updates, and additions and the capability to carry on a conversation with those you are working with. That conversation just got a lot easier.
A new user-to-user messaging system called FamilySearch Messaging has launched. This has been one of our most commonly requested features. The new messaging system connects users within a private network and displays the users’ contact name (the name the users have chosen to display in FamilySearch.org). Messaging keeps the email addresses private for those users who have chosen not to display an email address but gives others a way to contact them.
Think of it like text messaging on FamilySearch.org. Go to a person’s details page, and click a piece of information. If the information was ever modified, the system shows the contact name of the user who modified the information. You can initiate a conversation with that user by clicking the Send a Message link.
- Click the user’s contact name. The user’s contact card will pop up.
- Click the new Send a Message link with the paper airplane icon. A message window appears. FamilySearch fills in the To field with the user’s contact name and the About field with a link to the deceased person’s details page in Family Tree. Tip: If you want to remove the information in the About field, click Remove.
- Fill in the subject and the message.
- Click Send. The system sends an email notification to the person receiving the FamilySearch message.