There is some confusion that needs to be cleared up. The website beta.familysearch.org that will eventually replace the
www.familysearch.orgsite is available to any user free of charge. The beta.familysearch.org website currently provides the millions of additional records and where digitized and indexed records will eventually reside.
The website new.familysearch.org is currently only available to members of the LDS church. Eventually as required features are added to new.familysearch.org, the site will become part of www.familysearch.org and will eventually allow public users to have access to the tree. That time has not been determined and when it does happen plans are to regulate the growth of the site by allowing current users to invite others until we can get the site to a point where it can sustain a significant number of users. Only then can access to the general public to new.familysearch.org be considered.
nFS Product Manager, FamilySearch
14 May 2010
This evening on the FHCNET message board, Ron Tanner, the new FamilySearch Product Manager posted the following statement which will be of interest to everyone. The message defines the current status of several portions of the FamilySearch products and gives a hint as to how the roll-out to non-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be handled.