Congratulations! You have been selected to be among the first to use Family Tree on FamilySearch.org.Should I try out this "new" program? (I hope you recognize my sarcasm). Apparently I was sent this "invitation" because:
Now you can access your family tree and the largest collection of genealogy resources in the world from a single website—FamilySearch.org.
Why you? Because you have previously used new.FamilySearch.org. Family Tree, which represents a new approach to researching and organizing your family tree, will be replacing new.FamilySearch.org in the coming months. Early access allows you to experience Family Tree using your own tree data on a live system. You can also invite other users of new.FamilySearch.org to work with you. (They will just need to follow the activation instructions provided below.)Does this mean virtually everyone who is presently on New.FamilySearch.org got this same invitation? If so, the honeymoon is over. All of my relatives who have been putting interesting things into New.FamilySearch.org can now show up in FamilyTree and duplicate their contributions, such as showing my grandfather as the son of his second wife and other such nonsense.
The long invitation has some interesting comments. One is a helpful suggestion to download the entire 127 page manual from the FamilySearch Help Center. I notice that the manual has been upgraded to the date of 10 July 2012, but is out-of-date with the operation of the program. Right at the beginning of the manual, it states that the feature of adding new individuals is not yet available, however the program provides for adding people. There is a feature lag between the manual and the program. I should note, that the Manual goes on to explain how to add people to the file. So the disconnect is likely just an editing error.
The Manual states,
The Family Tree is currently being tested and is not yet available to everyone who currently uses new.familysearch.org. If you do not see the Family Tree link, it means either that you are not authorized to use Family Tree or that you have not signed in.Who is not authorized to use Family Tree? I thought everyone was invited to use the program?
The invitation concludes with the statement:
During the initial stages of the Family Tree, your experiences, insights, and ideas will help us to refine the process. Please take the time to share your thoughts by clicking the orange Feedback tab on the top right of the web page. You’ll also be able to view the comments of other users.Remember to use the Feedback tab and report all the problems you are having with the program.
How many people will take up FamilySearch's invitation? Any guesses?