This memo was posted on the FHCNET message board. Hopefully it will clear up some confusion that has been swirling around about FamilySearch products.
There is some confusion that needs to be cleared up. The website beta.familysearch.org that will eventually replace the www.familysearch.org site 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