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. The instructions in this post are written for iOS devices and might be confusing to Android users. To access My Contributions on an Android device, the first step is to tap the main menu (“hamburger”) icon in the upper left corner of the screen (instead of tapping the More button in the lower right corner). The steps after that are the same.

    Also, note that for both the Private Persons and Changes tabs, there is a search feature. This allows you to enter a name (can be a given name, a surname, or a full name), and you will see the persons with changes or private persons that match the name you entered. This is particularly helpful for users who have more than 300 changes or 200 private persons.

    1. Thank you for your feedback Alan! We have updated the article to include Android instruction and screenshots. We also added a couple sentences about the search feature you mentioned.

  2. I love this. I can see where it will be especially useful when I want to remember who it was that I was working on recently. I appreciate all the new tools !

  3. Great feature, thank you! I have been asking for it in the past. I installed the on my phone so I could see my stats.
    I was able to see the “living” people people that I created accidentally and I made corrections.

    I am looking forward to the desktop version since a phone is just too inconvenient to use.

    It only shows the last 300 changes on the phone. Could I see all changes, or all people, and then filter them by name, location, date range?

    I have over 18,000 contributions, so I would like review some of them.

    Thank you, Jerry