Completing Tasks on the FamilySearch Tree Mobile App

January 7, 2018  - by 

There’s a reason family history is so important—taking some time out of each day to turn your heart to your ancestors can enrich your life, establish your identity, and strengthen your family. Thanks to new and constantly advancing technologies that are available today, it has become easier than ever to integrate family history moments into your daily life in simple, rewarding ways.

The FamilySearch Tree mobile app is a great way to do your family history, no matter where you are or how busy your schedule is. Even if you have only a few minutes to spare in your day, you can use that time to do quick and easy tasks to discover your ancestors and add to your family tree.

What Are Tasks?

How to use record hints in the Family Tree app.Tasks show potential work to be done in your family tree. Your suggested available tasks are indicated by a blue record hint icon, which means that FamilySearch has found a birth, death, or other record that may have your ancestor listed in it. Because FamilySearch uses a public tree that anyone can add to or edit, attaching these records helps to prove your ancestors’ life events and dates. Reviewing and attaching records to your tree can help you verify your ancestors’ vital information, find family members that may not have been added to your tree yet, and input important details that can then help FamilySearch identify more potential matches in indexed records.

Completing Tasks in the FamilySearch App

Now that you understand what tasks are and how they can help you in your family history efforts, it’s time to get started! There are three ways to find tasks in the FamilySearch mobile app:

  1. How to use record hints in the family tree mobile app.Record Hint Icons. These icons will appear next to your ancestor’s photo if there are available tasks for that person. Tap the blue icon to see all the possible records your ancestor has been found in.Watch this video to learn more about record hints on the app and how to use them:

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  2. Ancestors with Tasks. This feature will allow you to see a list of your ancestors who have available tasks. The list includes tasks for people you recently viewed, your first five generations, and any part of your pedigree you’ve expanded.
    • Apple: Select the Tasks icon from the main toolbar.
      Learn how to access record hints on the FamilySearch tree mobile app.
    • Android: Select Ancestors with Tasks from the app menu.
      Learn how to access record hints on the FamilySearch tree mobile app.

    Tip: To get even more available tasks in this list, select the Information icon in the top right corner of the screen, and then tap Expand Ancestors with Tasks. This will allow you to see tasks for the parents, spouses, and children of each person you visit.

Learn how to complete simple tasks in the Family Tree mobile app.
How to quickly complete simple tasks in the Family Tree mobile app.
  1. Descendants with Tasks. From an ancestor’s person page, select the menu with three dots from the top right corner. Then tap Descendants with Tasks. This will load a page that lists all potential record matches for that person’s descendants. You can expand your results by using the drop-down menu to display three, four, or five generations of descendants.
    Tip: This feature works best with people who were born in or before the 1830s.
Learn how to use descendancy research in FamilySearch's Family Tree app.
How to find tasks based on descendancy in FamilySearch's Family Tree.

How to Review and Attach Records

Once you select a blue record hint icon from one of the three places listed above, you’ll see a screen that shows all available record hints for that person.

To attach a record to your ancestor’s FamilySearch profile, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a record hint from the list, and then tap Review to get more details and make sure that it is a good match for your ancestor.
  2. Compare the information from the record (left column) to your ancestor’s information (right column) and make sure everything looks correct. If there are multiple people listed on the record, tap the paper clip icon to expand and verify details for each individual.
How to attach records to your ancestors on FamilySearch's Family Tree app.
Learn how you can use FamilySearch's tree app to do family history.
  1. Add any new information from the record by tapping the + symbol. (This could include dates, places, or family members not yet listed in your tree.)
  2. If you decide that the record is a match, explain how you reached that conclusion under “Reason to Attach Source,” and then tap Attach to add it to your ancestor’s profile.
  3. If the information from the record doesn’t match your ancestor’s profile, select Not a Match to dismiss the record and continue reviewing other record hints.

Completing tasks is an easy way to connect with your ancestors and fill in your family tree. And remember, the more records you attach to your tree, the more record hints FamilySearch will be able to find for you. So the next time you have a minute to spare, grab your phone and find out what records are waiting to be added to your tree—you’ll be amazed by the difference you can make in just a short amount of time.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to provide such detailed instructions. Very timely as we have a mobile apps lesson planned for this Sunday.

  2. Amazing!. Yes Family history is important one for all people. Familysearch tree mobile app is very useful to me. In this post you are giving detailed information as how to review and attach records in perfect manner. Thank you.

  3. For 2 consecutive weeks we highlighted mobile apps which sent traffic to our ward Family History FB page. I will update the FB page with this article link. Many people were touched.

      1. For those who were family search savvy, the ability to nearly mirror FT functionality on a mobile basis (after trying all the features) was amazing. Others really liked the find family members within 200ft. We joke that our ward is inbred, as there are several extended families and lots of cousins. Our ward mission leader even sent us a thank you note for having the time allowed to give the apps a workout. As our gospel doctrine class was touching on family history, showcasing some apps was a natural progression. We’re really hoping 2018 is our year for family history…. this was a great way to close out 2017. We also highlighted Find A Grave and Billion Graves for researchers in class, as well as JoyFLIPS (wish they were android as well.). Please let me know if you have any questions!!


  4. “Because FamilySearch uses a public tree that anyone can add to or edit,…”
    This is the reason that I will not put my family tree on Family Search. When I first started in genealogy, I made a newby mistake of adding information from other trees to mine. As I investigated further into genealogy, I found there were many wrong entrees into some of those other trees that I blithely entered onto my tree and spent much time going back and deleting or correcting those wrong entrees in my tree. Of course, I still look at others’ family tree postings, but I no longer just merge or copy them onto mine, as I still find wrong entrees on a lot of those trees. When I find mistakes about my ancestors on others’ trees, I will usually notify the tree owner of the correct information with the source information or link.

    If Family Search ever decides to give the family tree owner the option of allowing, or not allowing, others to edit or add to other persons’ trees, then I will strongly consider adding my tree to Family Search.

    Thank you.

    1. I do not want to upload my tree to a website that anyone can view and edit. I have many living relatives whose details need to remain private (including my own). Ancestry , for example, is full of trees with incorrect details & when you point out these details with proof to the tree owners, they then block you.

      If Familysearch decides to make a private tree possible, I might consider using it.

      1. FamilySearch does maintain privacy for living individuals. All people marked “living” are only available to see by the person who added them. They are not viewable by the public.

    2. Louise, I fully agree with you! I have worked too hard and too long to put a tree together and I refuse to put it in a position that others can do as they please with it whether right or wrong. I was at meeting where the guest speakers were from the Church in Utah and they made fun of me when I mentioned my tree was on Ancestry and held as private. I’m willing to share and work with others but I want the control of how it’s done.

  5. Can I download my HUGE tree from Ancestry onto the app? As my old file on Family Search site is very out of date

  6. I have a ? r tasks. Some tasks cannot be immediately verified due to incomplete info or name duplication issues.
    So i would like to delete those suggested Tasks from my account. How do u delete suggested tasks from your LDS FS account, yet leave it so other relatives can do it if they wish.
    I can email me

    1. Leisa, I’m sorry this is happening! You can minimize these suggestions by clicking the arrow on the top left. You can also see your relationship to these persons by clicking the “View my Relationship” link.

  7. When I look at Ancestors with Tasks on Android, some of the suggested tasks appear to be completed already–the sources are already joined to the records. Some of these say they were attached by “FamilySearch – Data Admin”. If the sources are already attached, why are these still showing up in my Task list? There doesn’t seem to be anything else I can do on them.