Have you ever noticed a little red bubble by the word Messages at the top right corner of FamilySearch? When you see this notification, it means you have a new message awaiting that may help you discover more about your family.

Screenshot of messages bubble on FamilySearch website.

The Messages feature on FamilySearch lets you
talk to other FamilySearch users, points you to new records and discoveries,
and gives you updates about FamilySearch records and tools. The recently
updated messaging system is easier to use, and new types of messages can help
you as you dive into your family history.

Try signing in now to check on your messages! You can also learn about 4 types of messages below.

When you click Messages to bring up the messaging window, 4 tabs will appear: Conversations, Discoveries, General, and Temple. These tabs filter your messages so you can choose what you want to read!

Conversations

While this feature has always been available
in the mailbox, it has been greatly improved. Here you can converse with other FamilySearch
users about records, dates, times, places, and whatever you would like. Many
people use this feature to work with their family on finding and adding sources
in the shared Family Tree.

Screenshot of Conversations tab in FamilySearch Messages.

Discoveries

This tab shows you messages from FamilySearch
about record hints and other findings that can enhance your work on Family
Tree. These messages are specific to you and can help you discover many new
things about your family!

Screenshot of Discoveries tab in FamilySearch Messages.

General

These are messages about feature updates on the
FamilySearch site and other general subjects. If you are curious about what new
records have been added to FamilySearch or want to keep updated about what is
happening on the site, you will find those messages here.

Screenshot of General tab in FamilySearch Messages.

Temple

Here you will see thank you messages, messages about reserved names being released, and other information relating to connecting your ancestors on both sides of the veil.

Screenshot of Temple tab in FamilySearch Messages.

FamilySearch is committed to keeping you informed about all the things that might help you discover and connect with your family. So when you see a little red bubble, check out what new things are happening!

Source: New on FamilySearch