It’s Now Easier Than Ever to Track Your Ancestors in the U.S. Census Records

March 4, 2014  - by 

TreeSeek, a FamilySearch Affiliate, introduces a new tracking feature that is now available for FamilySearch’s Family Tree. This feature is called the Source Tracker. It allows you to see which ancestors from the Family Tree have U.S. census records attached. It also shows you which census records are missing for an ancestor and helps you locate them within the census data sets.




To get to the Source Tracker:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Login now to create your chart button
  3. Log in using your FamilySearch account information.
  4. Click the button for the Source Tracker option
  5. Click Create Charts button

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Source Tracker will pull individuals from your Family Tree who lived from 1790 to 1940. These are the years for which the United States Federal Census records are available, with the exception of the 1890 census, which was destroyed in 1921.

Source Tracker Name Page 2

  • If you click on the blue name (1)  on the left of the screen, you will be taken to the individual’s personal page on Family Tree.
  • The magnifying glass (2) indicates that the person does not have a census record for that specific year attached to his/her sources. Click on the magnifying glass and FamilySearch will display the census records with the closest match to the information from your ancestor’s personal page.
  • The check mark (3) indicates that this person has a census record for that specific year attached to his or her sources. If you click on the arrow, you will see the image of the census record in which your ancestor appears.


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  1. I created mine but it’s not accurate at all. For example, I have five censuses as sources for my grandpa and the program says I only have one. And I have them labeled with census and the date. Hmmmmm….

      1. Matt and Karisa it might be better to exchange emails and work out exchanging more personal information that way.

  2. I am having a hard time trying to find Craig W. Perkes’ mother’s name. It is not in He is the one who lives in West Valley City, Utah, and is 52 years old. Can you tell me his mother’s name or help me find it?

  3. You have a little problem with transfer of name. If the name has a Jr on it . It is coming out on the search screen as the last name . Not Title.

  4. I have tried several time to pull up the
    Source Tracker and it never works!!
    I always get the following messge….
    “Trouble getting tree data from FamilySearch. No Transport”
    I guess I am not sure what this means,
    can anyone help me?
    Thanks but I do love the TreeSeek

  5. Can this site be added as a quick link somewhere? Every time I want to use it I have to troll through the old blogs.