February 2018 Product Updates

The Family Nexus Product Updates

February 1, 2018

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1. Winter Wonderland 

While other places in the United States have experienced colder than normal temperatures, we have had a fairly mild winter so far here in Utah. However, we do have snow on the mountaintops which makes for inspiring sunsets.

We are releasing version 1.2.2 to the App store next week! It contains some bug fixes and enhancements as outlined below. In particular, we have some fun new features for our Premium Subscribers related to photos and stories. Let’s look at specifics for these Product Updates.


  • Fixed issue preventing users from sharing event cards on Twitter
  • Fixed issue that broke our location-based notifications
  • Fixed issue preventing user from seeing larger version of photos in the Memories tab
  • Fixed sorting issue in Family tab. Children now sort chronologically instead of alphabetically
  • Improved map layer icons and removed “bouncing” animation

New Features

  • Notification badge icons. Show how many unread notifications you have from the home screen.

Premium Features

  • Tap on premium map layer icon (like cemeteries and churches) to reveal the name.
  • Users can now zoom in on photos, documents, and stories
  • Users can now download Memories to the local device
  • Users can now share individual Memories via email, text, social media, etc.
  • Custom events like Residence, Occupation, Naturalization, and Military Service can now be seen in the Person Details page and in the Map View.

Most people aren’t traveling at this time of year. Instead use this time to compile your research and plan a trip for the Spring or Summer! The Family Nexus app can really help you learn about and connect with the places from your family history!

2. Tips & Tricks – Standardizing Places

Have you noticed some map pins in The Family Nexus that just don’t seem to make sense? Events that show up in a region of the world where you didn’t know you had roots can be exciting. Finding out later that it was just a data problem and you don’t have an ancestor who died in Indonesia can be disappointing.

The Family Nexus uses data about people, dates, and places directly from your tree in FamilySearch.org. When data is entered the system tries to match a place name to a “standardized” place in their authoritative database of modern and historical place names. Abbreviations, misspellings, and other errors can cause the data in the “Place” fields to be less valuable because they aren’t tied to a standardized place.

Read step-by-step instructions on how to do this in this article from The Family Nexus Blog. Cleaning up data and standardizing place names can be very helpful for your own research and for others using FamilySearch. An added bonus is that the event pin shows up in the right place in The Family Nexus mobile app.

3. RootsTech 2018

RootsTech 2018 is just around the corner! This amazing conference will be held from February 28 through March 3, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Family Nexus will be there sharing the excitement of being a family history treasure hunter! We will be located in booth 1140, near the Cyber Cafe. Be sure to come by and introduce yourself!

Plus, you won’t want to miss our exciting announcement at RootsTech this year! If you haven’t registered head over to rootstech.org and register today!

CALL FOR HELP! If you are a fan of The Family Nexus and you would like to help us staff our booth at RootsTech this year send me an email at david@thefamilynexus.com. We would love to have you! You will get a sneak peek at upcoming features, get a free t-shirt (they are going to be the talk of the conference!), a free premium subscription, and more!

Until Next Time

The Family Nexus is on a mission to make family history more social and mobile. In the process we aim to facilitate Discovery in new and exciting ways.

We can’t do this without you. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. The Family Nexus app is like none other in the industry. We ask for your continued support by becoming a Premium Subscriber. We have a long list of new features we want to add, and we can’t wait to bring those to you! Spread the word with family and friends! Also, tell us what kinds of features you would like to see. You can send an email to feedback@thefamilynexus.com.

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