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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The FamilySearch Site Map

Clear down at the bottom of each page of the website, there is a Site Map link. Usually, a site map to a website contains a list of all of the pages available on the website by category and this page looks like that type of page. Essentially, this page seems to be a listing of the menu items available from dropdown menus scattered around the website.

Since I have been complaining about the Help Center recently, I decided to see what happened when I looked for some of the things I have writing about. Behold, when I clicked on the Site Map link to the Help Center, I was taken back to the previous layout instead of the new one.

This makes me think maybe the new Help Center I wrote about previously was or is a Beta test and will go away perhaps.

The task I was interested in completing was finding the Partner website registration page that I wrote about in my last post. Here is a screenshot of the page again, for reference.

Unfortunately, there is no reference to this page on the Site Map. But since it did get me back to the old Help Center (at least for the time being), I was able to get to this page.

Over the past two or three years, I have spent a major part of the time I spend supporting patrons at the Mesa and BYU libraries helping them get onto and use the partner programs. So this example of trying to find the signup page is not trivial. How can I explain to someone who needs help anyway how to get to these pages?

But it is nice to know that some of the pages are available in a Site Map.


  1. I find it easier to go directly to the site without all the in between steps you describe above.

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