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: 

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.

  3. How can I upload my tree to the FamilySearch’s data base? Or is it already there? I mean to say, I would like it to be availabe in the FamilySearch’s data base so that distant relatives can join my tree and keep growing. Thus, that’ll help me to get the names I don’t have yet.

    1. Alehandro, that is a great goal! The best thing you can do is start a tree on our site and add all the living relatives in your tree. It is best to start with parents, grandparents, and great grandparent Next, search our databases for your closest relative that is deceased. Once you find a record from them such as a birth certificate or death certificate you will have their ID number. Once you add in their ID and information to your tree, the rest of the family history that has been done by others with your family line will appear. This article will explain the process in greater depth. Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you for your reply, Ashley.
        I’ve already done that. I’ve created my tree and I’ve reached until 12th generations above me in some of them. However, there are some great great grandparents I haven’t been able to find because the birth certificates are not indexed yet. Furthermore, there are some images to which I don’t have access because I don’t belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
        There are some images which have a lock above the camera icon and I’m asked to sign in with a The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints member number.
        Is there a way to access those images without have that member number?

        Thank you again, Ashley!

        Have a beautiful week!

        1. Wow, you’ve gotten far, good job! As for the images, you can access those images through any one of our affiliate libraries. We have them all over the world so hopefully there is one close to you. This page will show you where all our affiliate libraries are located. Best of luck to you!

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  5. I already have a fairly extensive tree on another site. How do I download it to Family Search. Thank you.

  6. I see people added with no documentation. I want all my entries to be documented, proven. Otherwise I feel it is worthless. How can I have a tree with only documented entries?

    1. Hi Dorothy! Thank you for your question. You can message the contributor and ask them for documentation of the changes/additions they made. You can also add source documentation through your own research.

  7. How do I submitt photographs on Family Search? I was given a church account, but do I need a number? Sometimes my page expires then comes back.