Using the FamilySearch Family Tree to Find your Family

August 27, 2019  - by 

The FamilySearch family tree is a remarkable tool. For some, using the FamilySearch Family Tree to find your family may seem to be daunting task, but there are guides to make your search easier. Using the FamilySearch Family Tree will result in satisfaction and joy not only for you, but for generations to come.

The FamilySearch family tree is free, and even if you’ve never used FamilySearch before, you can easily connect to it.

This article offers links that can walk you through questions you might have when using the FamilySearch Family Tree. Take a look and start finding your family!

A Beginner’s Guide to Searching Records

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There are plenty of great records begging to be found on FamilySearch. “A Beginner’s Guide to Searching Records” will help you get started. Learn which types of records will help you find your ancestors and the step-by-step process to get results.

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Finding a Specific Person

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When researching ancestors you may want to find a specific person – maybe to find a special story, a specific date, or to link to others on your tree. Learn some of the quickest ways to search for that person and how to make sure he or she is truly the person you are looking for.

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How to: Record Hints

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The FamilySearch system is always searching digitized and indexed records that might match people in the FamilySearch Family Tree. If a possible match is discovered, a record hint is created. These record hints vary from supporting more correct dates, to helping you discover additional relationships, to helping you find more complete names, and more. Learn more about how to use record hints to your best advantage.

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Getting Started with FamilySearch’s Shared Family Tree

The FamilySearch Family Tree is the world’s largest online family tree. When you connect to the FamilySearch shared tree, you may discover ancestors you didn’t know about and learn more about those you are already familiar with. Learn how to get started!

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How to: Merge People

Oftentimes, there is more than one person page for the same person. This can create some confusion, which is where merging pages comes in handy. FamilySearch has a “possible duplicates” tool that helps you see if you need to merge the pages; but even if the system doesn’t pick up on the match, you can still perform a merge.  

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Using the FamilySearch Family Tree to find your family can be a rewarding and exhilarating process where you can discover, gather, and connect to the past, present, and future. By following some of the articles linked above, you will be on your way to building a successful and meaningful tree.

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Rachel Trotter

Rachel J. Trotter is a senior writer and editor at Evalogue.Life. She tells people’s stories and shares hers to encourage others. She loves family storytelling. A graduate of Weber State University, she has had articles featured on LDSLiving.com, FamilySearch.org, and Mormon.org. She and her husband Mat have six children and live on the East Bench in Ogden, Utah.

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    1. I realize this is referring to competitors, but DNA testing for me has brought the sort of results you seek. Some folks use 1-2-3and me, I also use Family Tree DNA. Even my wife, a native of Mexico got over 1200 hits. I discovered class mates from the Fifties were second and third cousins, and had no previous idea of this.

    2. DNA has been enormously helpful to me. I highly suggest Ancestry! They have the largest database of users which will yield greater results for you and they are integrated with FamilySearch.org.

  1. I started my tree but find that now information has been added going back to 700s. Who adds this? Is it verified? Or is it a guess?

  2. How can I find a SPECIFIC family tree that is on Familysearch (which may be part of the global family tree – or may not)

  3. For years I have been wanting to explore more of this Family Tree material. Now that I’m retired I finally have time. This is very interesting; much of the work for my families has already been done, but I’m sure I can help some.

    1. Dale that is a great gesture to help some. I want to say that I personally have hit a brick wall with a few ancestors. The main 2 ancestors that just put a complete halt to more research on them was my great grandmother on my mothers side and my grandmother and my great grandmother on my fathers side and the other is my husbands grandfather on his mothers side. I can’t believe how more recent they are compared to other ancestors but yet I am not able to find anything more. I would be so grateful if there is something you can do that could break down these brick walls if I give you the bit of info I have now.

  4. Bin auf der Suche von Arnoldi/Arnoldy die mit dem Bischof Wilhelm Arnoldi verwandt sind, sowie Nachfahren der Familien Steinmetz und Daus aus Wittlich und in Amerika leben.

    Google Translate – German to English: I’m looking for Arnoldi / Arnoldy who are related to Bishop Wilhelm Arnoldi, as well as descendants of the Steinmetz and Daus families from Wittlich and living in America.

    1. Hi Peter! Thank you for your research question. Please check out the FREE Virtual Research Strategy Sessions where you can schedule time with a specialist to help you on any family history question you may have. You can also connect with other FamilySearch users who may be able to help you, by joining the FamilySearch Community. Good luck and thank you for reading the blog!

      Google Translate – English to German: Hallo Peter! Vielen Dank für Ihre Forschungsfrage. Schauen Sie sich die KOSTENLOSEN Virtual Research Strategy Sessions an, in denen Sie Zeit planen können mit einem Spezialisten, der Ihnen bei allen Fragen zur Familiengeschichte hilft. Sie können sich auch mit anderen FamilySearch-Benutzern verbinden, die Ihnen möglicherweise helfen können, indem Sie der FamilySearch-Community . Viel Glück und vielen Dank für das Lesen des Blogs!

  5. I like the idea of a family search shared tree, since I welcome any information on my nomadic family. I noticed several valid additions to my tree recently, and asked the person adding information how she was connected to my family tree. This person claimed to have no familial connection, and was “just browsing” and noticed that the information matched. It would be nice if there was some disclosure on the part of the person who added the information, especially if it is just “out of curiosity”.

  6. IS IT POSSIBLE TO ENTER TWO PEOPLE’S I.D. NUMBERS & FIND A CONNECTION BETWEEN THEM ? I HAD SOMEONE EDIT A PERSON IN MY TREE BUT NOW SHE CANNOT RE-TRACE HOW SHE GOT TO ME FROM HER OWN TREE. I CERTAINLY CAN SLOG THROUGH EVERY POSSIBLE PATH FROM MY TREE OUT … TO HOPE I CAN FIND HER BUT NOT ALL MY BRANCHES ARE COMPLETE, YET. BUT AS SHE FOUND ME THERE MUST BE A PATH.

  7. My Great-Grandfather may have been born our of wedlock – I found his father (who had a different wife with children after his birth), but have NO idea who his mother was. Ancestry.com DNA matches have 100s of 4th-6th cousins. But, without a surname I’m looking at that needle in a haystack of needles. – What can I do? – Help!