Apps complement FamilySearch research

Tim Cross spent a morning recently getting better acquainted with his ancestors.

On a bus. With his iPhone.

Cross is a product manager for New FamilySearch, a Web site where Latter-day Saints can view all the information the church has about their ancestors in a streamlined family tree format. The Web site is now available to most church members and will continue to add new features in the future.

But Cross is also excited about the work being done outside the FamilySearch offices.

On his way into work one morning, he used the iPhone application Mobile- Tree to import his ancestors' names from New FamilySearch and match them with photo galleries.

MobileTree is one of many products that play a complementary -- and at times important -- role in optimizing the New FamilySearch experience, whether it's adding photos, printing charts, preparing names for temple work or maintaining a personal database of family history information.

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