FamilySearch recently sent out an Information and Tips email to family history consultants, family history center directors, and other church leaders.
Below are 3 resources for helping you in your family history efforts:
"1. Modern technology provides blind individuals an easy method for working on their family history. The new.familysearch.orgWeb site can be accessed using the JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reader. Keyboard commands support signing in to the site, searching for ancestors, combining duplicates, adding new individuals, and clearing names for ordinance work. Blind individuals can also access PAF (Personal Ancestral File) using JAWS.
You can find documentation on how to access new.familysearch.org with JAWS in the Help Center (from thenew.familysearch.org main menu, select Help Center, and then use JAWS as your search term). Also, blind individuals can receive personal training on how to use new.familysearch.org from a FamilySearch Support missionary at 1-866-406-1830 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. A series of online interactive courses on how to read handwritten genealogical records in different languages is available onfamilysearch.org. Additional lessons for each of the courses are currently being developed. The courses provide instruction and practice in reading documents written in 11 different languages or scripts. To access the training, go to www.familysearch.org, click on the Library tab, click Research Classes Online, scroll down to find the Reading Handwritten Records series, and select the lesson you want to complete.
3. FamilySearch has announced a new test site where anyone can go and see the next generation familysearch.org Web site being built test-drive the site, and give early feedback so that changes can be made before the new site becomes official. To access the new test site, referred to as “Beta FamilySearch,” go to beta.familysearch.org."