9 Ingredients to Finding Your Ancestors with Descendancy View

March 10, 2015  - by 

Have you found your ancestors or cousins by using the descendancy view on FamilySearch.org? It is one of many new FamilySearch tools that make it easier for you to find your family members and add them to your tree. It is also one of the best illustrations of the power of indexed records

Descendancy research basically means searching for your ancestors’ descendants. The new descendancy view makes it so easy! The descendancy view shows what your ancestors see when they look down their family tree toward our day—from their children to their grandchildren, to their great-grandchildren, and so forth. As you can imagine, the number of people multiplies with each generation, as do your chances of finding someone new.

As you do descendancy research on FamilySearch.org, you will notice icons and links that guide your search. One of the icons is the record hinting icon, which indicates that there are records that are likely connected to the person you are looking at. Record hints are generated from indexed records and show possible matches of records in the FamilySearch.org database to the people in your tree. Thanks to your indexing efforts, the computer can now match these records to the people in your tree, making it easier than ever for users to attach the hinted records as sources, find their ancestors, and add them to the tree.

Here are some simple ingredients that will get you started with descendancy research and record hints.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Success

1. Sign in to FamilySearch.org, and view your family tree.

2. Find an ancestor who was born before 1830.

3. Select the ancestor, and change the view to Descendancy.

4. To expand the descendants of your ancestor, click the arrow next to a person’s name, looking for record hints on the right.

The Record Hints icon suggests that there may be records available for an individual.
The Research Suggestions icon indicates possible gaps or missing family members.
The Data Problems icon warns of potential data problems.5. Look for both the Record Hints icon and the Research Suggestions icon together. These two icons together mean that there are records for the person and possibly missing family members to add.
6. Click the Record Hints icon to view possible records of your ancestor.

7. Compare the information from the new record to the information already in Family Tree.

8. If the information is accurate and the record is for your ancestor, attach the record to the entry in Family Tree, and add any missing family members to Family Tree.

9. Return to the descendancy view in Family Tree.

We hope that you are able to experience the joy that comes from finding your ancestors. Once you have learned how,* we encourage you to show others.

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  1. My grandfather Baldwin died when my father was 3 months old, and he was raised by relatives until he was old enough to do farm labor. We never knew any family on his side of the family.
    I called the Salt Lake hot line and received permission to submit his relatives for temple ordinances.
    As I found names needing work, in finding my cousins, I reserved the names.
    Last week I received a email from a
    lady wanting me to release the name of her grandmother.
    Imagine my surprise, Her great grandfather is the younger brother of the great grandmother who raised my father.
    I have now found a living cousin I did not know I had.

  2. In step 8 you say, ” If the information is accurate and the record is for your ancestor, attach the record to the entry in Family Tree, and add any missing family members to Family Tree.,” but I guess included should be directions of how to do this, because after comparing, there is no button to attach it. This is not self-explanatory.

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  3. We are finding the access on the new pedigree family tree charts not user friendly. It takes time to access the person(s) now. Previously we could tap on the person and see the personal information and automatically get to the information that in turn can be updated or changed. It is not user friendly.

  4. The article “9 Ingredients to Finding Your Ancestors with Descendancy View” is a great article but is out of date. The record hint and research suggestion icons have changed in FamilySearch. The article should be updated.