Internet tests begin for family history site

The Church has begun a public beta test for its new family history Internet site.

Once the test is completed and the service is formally launched, it will greatly enhance the way people trace their family history, according to a media advisory from the Church's Media Division, Public Affairs Department.

"The test is proceeding well," said Michael R. Otterson, director of media relations for the Church, "and is expected to extend through at least April."

The developmental test is open to anyone with Internet access. The site can be found at No special password or clearance is required.

Since the test was begun on April 1, "The site has had extremely heavy use," said Brother Otterson. Due to test requirements, the site may be unavailable at times or periods of slow response may be experienced.