Friday, April 7, 2017

Seeing Change History on the Mobile FamilySearch Family Tree Apps

In the most recent updates to both the iOS and the Android versions of FamilySearch Family Tree apps, you can now view the change history for a given person.

iOS

  1. Open the app and sign in if you see the sign-in screen (DUH!)
  2. Find the ancestor and tap to open the details screen. 
  3. In the top right corner, above the dark bar that includes the ancestor's name, tap the 3 dots.
  4. Below the short list, tap More.
  5. Tap Recent Changes.
Android
  1. Open the app and sign in if you need to.
  2. Find the ancestor and tap to open the details screen. 
  3. On the right side of the dark bar that includes the ancestor's name, tap the 3 dots.
  4. Tap Recent Changes.
What You'll See 
  • Whatever change was made--along the lines of Photo Detached, Residence Added, Child Relationship Added....
  • The date of the change.
  • The display name of the person who did it. Tap that name and you'll see contact information if the person makes it public. If they don't and you'd like to get in touch, you can use the Send Message option. 
  • The reason for the change, if the person entered one.
  • If records were merged, you see a green outline around the information. It shows any information added to the surviving record from the deleted record and reason statements. It shows the surviving and deleted record, but that is not awfully useful as it only shows names.
You can't unmerge. You'd need to open a browser and go to the website to do that. You also can't restore information that was removed--usually. Sometimes you can restore when changes were made if you see a Restore button. If no changes have been made to the record since information was removed, I believe you will see the Restore button. That is just my current working theory. I've seen it only on very recent changes to ancestors.

Anyway, it's nice to have this option on the apps now. Handy for when a record is suddenly different and you want to see what someone did and who that someone is. 

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