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.

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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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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All about the FamilySearch Family Tree

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. My own preference is to interview all living, older people ASAP. When I started on my wife’s Palacios ancestors, I went and talked to the long time foreman on the Rancho de Los Palacios. Ranch of the Palacios. He died not long after. If I had postponed that interview while digging on Family Search, I’d have lost his memories forever.

    1. Another tip. When you interview the elders in your family, ask if they have old photos, and try to have an SLR camera of good smart phone and take images of them. Note all the info you can get. I do that here in Mexico. Once I get the image, I make copies for all in the family who wants them, then I seek permission to give a copy of the older photos to the Casa de Cultura (a government funded community history agency.)

      The reason I think this is so important is the matriarch of the Palacios family had a box of photos going back, by estimates, to the 1890s. She showed them to a visitor who laughed at an ancestor who was wearing those silly bloomers. She threw a tantrum, and said no one was going to laugh at her ancestors, AND BURNED ALL THOSE IMPORTANT PHOTOS. I immediately started my program of making copies of all old photos I can find.