Friday, July 11, 2014

FamilySearch Announces New Mobile Apps

FamilySearch previewed three new mobile apps that will prove to be popularfamilysearch_logo_new with genealogists.

Tree Viewer for Android and iOS

The Tree Viewer app interfaces with Family Tree by FamilySearch.   It provides views of the records, photos, stories and sources for the individuals in the Family Tree database.  

The app is well designed and is easily mastered by users.  It is written in ten languages:  English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.


Memories – iOS Only (for now)

The Memories app is designed to take photos, record memories in both audio format as well as written format using the audio / written translator tool built into your iOS device.

It is obvious that the app will be very popular among genealogists.

For some reason, FamilySearch hasn’t written Memories for Android.   This is a clear miss on their part given the huge Android user base that far exceeds number of iOS users.

If you are like most of the people in my genealogy groups, you use Android devices.  If want FamilySearch to develop this very useful app for the Android operating system, send your comments to

Both apps will be released on the App stores on Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014.

FamilySearch noted that the apps will work on both phones and tablets.