This notice was updated 3 February 2015. So, here we are at the end of August, 2015 and still waiting for the real "end" of new.FamilySearch.org. I have heard that it might take until some time in 2016, to finally make the complete transition. As stated in the above notice, "This step allows FamilySearch to begin the final phase of the transition, which includes the transfer and synchronization all of the remaining data from new.FamilySearch.org to its replacement, FamilySearch Family Tree."
One of the most prominent problems encountered in the operation of the FamilySearch.org Family Tree because of the continued link to new.FamilySearch.org is the inability to resolve some of the obvious duplicates.
My perception, that comes from constantly using the program, is that the Family Tree is coming along fairly well. There are some duplicate issues that have yet to be resolved, but by and large the Family Tree is almost completely operational.
The real issues with the Family Tree are not going to be resolved merely because the transition from new.FamilySearch.org ends. The underlying issue with the Family Tree is the condition of the data. My response has been and continues to be to systematically work through each of the families in the Family Tree and do the following:
- Correct all the duplicate information as much as possible
- Correct the names of any family members as shown in the Alternative name section
- Eliminate duplicate individuals when allowed
- Standardize dates and places
- Add as many sources as can be found from my own records and from online
- Make sure that all dates agree and all places actually existed at the time
- Delete any unsupported relationships
I realize I live in a family history world where some people wish they had my problems, but by the seventh generation, the numbers start to be come a major challenge.
In short, I am no longer "waiting" for the complete transition away from new.FamilySearch.org. I feel that enough progress has been made in stabilizing the Family Tree to allow me to do much of the work that needs to be done to correct the entries. There is no longer any valid reason to wait for further developments. The few cases where the duplicates cannot be merged can continue to be ignored, but otherwise, it is time to get to work and correct the Family Tree.