New FamilySearch Web Services

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FSDevNet Mgr

Jan 7, 2008, 9:46:52 AM1/7/08
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"New FamilySearch Web Services has spawned many Third-party products
and an active Developer Community"

FamilySearch has release Web Services for it New FamilySearch family
tree. This means that software companies in the genealogy marketplace
can create programmatic interfaces to read and write to the data in
the New FamilySearch using FamilySearch APIs (ie. Application Program
Interfaces) The FamilySearch APIs are "RESTful", meaning they follow
guiding principles of "Representational State Transfer". The
FamilySearch APIs are simple as possible and straightforward in their
use. Request are made using parameters on the URL address and results
are returned with eXtensable Markeup Language (XML).

FamilySearch has created the website to
facilitate the marketing and utilization of these new web services.
FAQs and hundreds of Knowledge Articles are available to the public.
Registered Developers will be able to receiv a higher level of
support, download complete documentation and sample code, engage in
forum discussions, review news and events posted by FamilySearch and
other developers. All of the benefits and agreements for FamilySearch
Developer Services and FamilySearch Affiliates programs are easily
accessible from this new website. Developers are building this new
community by joining, sharing ideas and code, and actively
participating in forums, news, events, and the FamlySearch Affiliates

In the beginning of the API development, a few Web Service Affiliates
contributed greatly to the design and testing of the initial web
services and they will soon be offering compatible products.
Specifically, Generation Maps, Incline Software, Millennia Corp,
Ohana Software, Progeny Software, RedBugz Software, and Roots Magic
worked closely with FamilySearch until the web services we released
the end of last year. Many developers are becoming FamilySearch
Affiliates so that they can benefit from increase website privileges
and co-marketing opportunities through the use of the FamilySearch
Certified Logo.

All these new offerings and services will be showcased the week of the
FamilySearch Developers Conference, March 12, 2008 at the BYU
Conference Center. The purpose of of the conference is to learn from
FamilySearch engineers and community developers about the new
FamilySearch Web Services (API) and best practices for consuming them
in a variety of popular software environments. (go to

Independent or commercial software developers and invited to attend
many presentations, labs, and sessions. They keynote and conference
theme is "Brave New Platform: Changing the World of Genealogy".
Compatible Third-party products will be showcased at the BYU Family
History Technology Workshop and Computerized Gealogy Conference, March
13-15th. (see and

Matthew Burnham

Jan 7, 2008, 3:34:17 PM1/7/08
I just tried to have a go with this. Has anyone figured out how to
suitable username/password for the Basic Client?


On Jan 7, 2008 2:46 PM, FSDevNet Mgr <> wrote:
> "New FamilySearch Web Services has spawned many Third-party products
> and an active Developer Community"


Gordon Clarke

Jan 7, 2008, 4:05:46 PM1/7/08
You need an account on our live system or an account on our ref. system.  If you are in a online Temple District you'll need your membership number and comfirmation date to register. In order for me to provide access to the reference system I need to know something about your development plans.
Best regards,
Gordon Clarke
FamilySearch DevNet Manager

>>> "Matthew Burnham" <> 1/7/2008 1:34 PM >>>

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