FamilySearch Memories App--Android and iOS
It's been a long time since we've seen updates to the Memories apps. But now they work much like the Memories Gallery on FamilySearch.org. Check out these recent additions:
- You can now group your memories into albums.
- You can move items you don't particularly want to see in your list of memories to an Archive. They stay in the system. They stay linked to people. You just don't see them cluttering up your Memories display.
- You can delete memory items. They stay in a deleted folder for 120 days so you can un-delete if you change your mind.
- You can toggle between the FamilySearch Memories app and the FamilySearch Family Tree app.
- You can choose to save a copy of any new photo to your library on the mobile device.
- You can download all photos, stories, documents, and audio files to your device memory. This lets you show off the family photos from the app when you don't have Internet access.
- You can choose to remove synced memories from your mobile device. This frees up space on the device. All these items are stored on FamilySearch.org so you can still see them in the app when you have Internet access.
- You can reset all the data and settings. This erases all content in the FamilySearch Memories app. A start-over option.
FamilySearch Family Tree App
FamilySearch makes fairly regular updates to the Family Tree app. One new one below and some not-so-new that you might want to take a look at.
Map My Ancestors--iOS only (so far)
This feature came out just this week. To see it, tap More at the bottom of the screen. Map My Ancestors is in the list on the left.
You see a map with your location in the center. It populates with map-pins and circles. Map pins are there if more than one ancestor had life events at the place. Otherwise you see a mini-portrait or generic silhouette for a person.
Below the map is a list of ancestors and the distance of their life events from your location. You can search for a person just above that list.
On the map, you do the usual thing with your thumb and index finger to spread or pinch to increase or decrease the zoom. You can also swipe across and up and down to see different parts of the world.
Tap a photo or map pin and it zooms to that place and you see the name(s) and life event(s) associated with the place and the life events.
Other FamilySearch Family Tree App features--iOS and Android
None of these are new, but maybe you haven't played with them yet.
- Search Historical Records--you can search historical records on FamilySearch.org just as you do from Search Records on the web interface. You can browse all published collections, research by location, or search by name, dates, and relationships.
- Relatives Around Me--a fun tool for discovering how you are related to other people physically near you. Could be a handy tool to have at an extended family reunion.
- You can toggle between the Family Tree app and My Memories (the Memories app).
- Tasks lists: ancestors with tasks and descendants with tasks are wonderful to use when you have a few minutes to work on your family history.
- The Recents list is nice for quickly getting back to an ancestor you were working on.
- Tap the 3 lines on the top left and then Settings. The last item in the Setting list is Clear Cache. This forces the app to retrieve the latest data from the website. This is handy when you aren't seeing things synchronize very quickly.
Bottom line: don't discount the usefulness of the mobile apps. They should be included in your family history toolbox.