Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Investigating FamilySearch Family Tree Lite

If you find yourself trying to use the Family Tree on some tablets or smartphones, you might get overwhelmed with navigating an interface that is not suited to a small screen. In addition, there may be features that you do not need. You may also face the situation where your internet connection is slow or almost non-existent. In these situations, you will likely appreciate the new Family Tree Lite edition.

The blog post shown in the screenshot above describes the program in more detail. The link to the new program is the following:

It may take a few minutes and some clicking to get used to the program. To move backward in time through generations involves clicking on a person and then looking at that person's family. You may find yourself lost and have to return to the beginning by clicking on the "Me" menu option. Here is a screenshot of the program as it appears on my iPhone 7.

Right now, it appears that the only way to access the program is through a browser directly on the internet. I see no reference to a FamilySearch app or shortcut. However, if you have an iPhone, here are the instructions for adding a website, such as this one, to your home screen.
Here's how to add a website shortcuts on the iPhone/iPad Homescreen:
  • Open Safari.
  • Type in the web address.
  • After the website loads, tap on the share icon at the bottom.
  • In the share sheet, tap on Add to Home Screen.
That short process added an icon-link directly to the program. I am sure there is a similar process on Android devices.

1 comment:

  1. Using Chrome, on my Android phone, I clicked on the three dots in the top right corner of the screen. "Add to Homescreen" is one of the options in the pop down menu. Thanks for the tip, although I think my preference for using FamilySearch will always be on my wide screen Windows laptop.