Track Your Contributions to the Family Tree with New Feature

February 7, 2020  - by 

At FamilySearch, we unite families. This mission cannot be accomplished alone. It requires the efforts of individual family members sharing their experiences and their knowledge.

That is why we are excited to announce the new My Contributions feature for the Family Tree app! You can now keep track of the individual contributions that you have made to the Family Tree. The new feature is available on both iOS and Android versions of the app. Here’s how it works.

To find the My Contributions feature, open the Family Tree app, and tap the More icon in the bottom right corner (iOS) or the 3-bar menu in the top left corner (Android). This will bring up a menu of options. Tap My Contributions. You will then see three categories—Stats, Changes, and Private Persons.

iOS

Menu Screenshot iOS

Android

Menu screenshot - Android

Stats

The Stats tab shows you a bar graph of the total contributions that you have made to the FamilySearch Family Tree over the past eight years.

iOS

Stats screenshot - iOS

Android

Stats screenshot - Android

The stats can be broken down into different types of contributions, such as how many sources you have attached, how many memories you have attached, or how many people you have added to the Tree.

Changes

This tab is where you can view the most recent changes you have made to Family Tree and your family’s records. The list extends to the last 300 changes made, with the most recent changes listed at the top.

iOS

Changes screenshot - iOS

Android

Changes screenshot - Android

For each item, the name of an individual in the Family Tree is listed first. Individual changes to this person’s record are then detailed beneath the person’s name. You can also search this list for a specific person by typing in either a first name, surname, or full name in a search bar at the top of the screen.

Private Persons

Living and confidential people are managed in private spaces on FamilySearch.org. This section gives you a list of living or confidential people in your family tree. These are profiles that only you can see or modify. Tapping a name will bring you to that person’s profile on Family Tree. It is a helpful feature, especially when you want to manage personal information on a shared tree.

iOS

Private persons screenshot - iOS

Android

Private Persons screenshot - Android

Note that you can also search this Private Persons list for a specific person by typing in either a first name, surname, or full name in a search bar at the top of the screen.

Currently, the My Contributions feature is available only on the mobile app, but keep checking back for updates!

We are grateful for the contributions that you have made to Family Tree, and especially for the ways that you contribute to the lives of your family members.

We wish you the best of luck moving forward with your genealogy and hope that this new feature comes in handy!

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    1. Great question Betty! There is a print icon up on the top right of the article that is next to the other social sharing buttons.

  1. Love finding a way to view my “living” people. However, what happens to all my living people when I die? Who inherits my personal account?

  2. Why not have it available for desktops? Why limited to mobiles? There are many of us who do not have smartphones.

    In mobiles, swipe left to right, and then finger click it, you have same information, not having to go to “more” at bottom.

  3. I use a PC for research and work on familysearch. I cannot find this link on the desktop version. If not available, when will it be available.

    1. Currently this feature is only available on mobile, but we will keep you posted when the feature is available on desktop!

  4. I hope these interesting features will soon be available for those of us who contribute to FamilySearch, but do not use it on “smart” phones.

  5. It would be helpful if this post about the mobile app provided instructions for Android as well. These instructions are just for iOS and might be confusing for users of the Android Family Tree app. The only difference is that whereas the first button to be tapped for iOS is the More icon in the lower right corner, for Android it is the main menu (three bar) icon in the upper left. All the other instructions are the same.

    One other helpful note: on both the Changes and the Private Persons tabs, you can do a search for a name (a surname, given name, or full name) to find the changes (or private persons) that match that name. That is very helpful if you have more than 300 changes or 200 private persons. For Android the search bar is always visible; for iOS, you need to drag down the search bar from the title bar.

  6. Very interesting to measure your progress. Are the statistics available at the ward and stake level as well?

  7. When we write about new things please remember there are more folks out there who use Android devices.
    Goto the drawer or hamburger menu in the upper left corner then select My Contributions. Thanks

  8. I’m having trouble understanding what the different bars of the graph represent. But thank you for this feature. (Should have led with that!) It’s encouraging to know that our efforts make a difference (even though we already suspected that). I am particularly eager for this option to expand to the computer program. A fellow researcher (not a member) has made such a huge contribution that I keep telling him that thousands will one day bless his name. It will be nice when he can see that represented on his graph!

    1. I did not realize that I wasn’t replying directly to FamilySearch. If my comment is to be considered for publication, I might need to reconsider what I said. So please correspond with me about that if you can.

    2. Lorraine, thanks for reaching out! I’m glad that you have found it useful. To answer your question, the bars represent the amount of contributions you made in a specific year. Hope this helps!