Join the FamilySearch Family Tree

June 28, 2019  - by 

You have decided to learn about your ancestors and contribute to the FamilySearch Family Tree. Congratulations! 

Discovering your ancestors can be filled with unexpected twists and turns, kind of like working on a mystery or a jigsaw puzzle. And, as with a puzzle, it helps to know where to turn to get answers to your questions.

Once you create your tree, you might wonder where to get answers to your questions and may want to know what to do next. 

Several questions may arise while you work on the FamilySearch Family Tree. You might ask yourself: 

  • How do I link to my relatives’ trees?
  • There’s so much information available. Where do I start?
  • What if I can’t find any information?
  • How do I contribute if family members have done all the work?
  • How do I use the partner sites and other family history apps along with

These questions and others like them can make getting started with family history feel overwhelming, even confusing at times. But help is available!

Several features are available on that can help your family tree grow. For instance, when you go to the Help drop-down menu on the main page, you will find the Help Center for step-by-step instructions on using and the Getting Started menu to help answer basic questions, along with several other resource pages that give additional information.

In addition to the Help drop-down menu, the pages below are filled with insightful advice and helpful how-to instructions. Check them out and see how easy it is to get started on your family history! 

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  1. I have family that would like to use FamilySearch. They are not members of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintrs; what do they need to do to activate and account?

    1. That’s awesome! All they have to do is go to register page, and make sure they don’t check the box that says “I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” As long as they don’t click that box, they will be able to fill out all the registration requirements. Good luck!

  2. When I began Family Search, I entered family names of the living, too. My daughter now has her own account, but we cannot find how to link her to my pedigree. I have linked her to my deceased father, but she had to manually enter in my information. Still, no pedigree? I tried to link her new locator ID to the one created when I set this up years ago, hoping to merge the two. So far, no luck. Please guide us?

    1. Barbara, what you did is exactly right. Due to privacy concerns of the living, FamilySearch keeps the person ID’s private. Only the living person will be able see and modify his or her person page. Because of this, you cannot add your current ID to your daughter’s tree. Instead, add yourself as a new person and then add your ancestors. As soon as you add the ID of the first deceased relative, she will see the same tree that you have.