Relatives Around Me

January 5, 2018  - by 
Girls using the Relatives around Me feature on phones.

Have you ever sat in a room full of people and wondered if or how you might be related to those around you? Relatives around Me, a fun feature in the FamilySearch Family Tree app, can tell you how you are related to friends, neighbors, or anyone sitting near you.

How It Works

To try Relatives around Me, you and your potential cousin both need to be signed in to the Family Tree app and within approximately 100 feet of each other. (To download the app, click iOS or Android.)

Once you have signed in, select More at the bottom right of the screen (iOS) or the drop-down in the top left (Android), and then select Relatives around Me. This option opens a page with a green button that says “Scan for Friends.”

How to use Relatives around Me for iOS

Find menu in Family Tree app, ios device.
How to find relatives around me in menu on ios device.

How to use Relatives around Me for Android

Find menu in Family Tree app, android device.
How to find relatives around me in menu on android device.

Tap the green button to start scanning. Anyone else who taps the green button and is within range will show up in a list on your device, and you will show up on theirs. Selecting the person’s name will bring up a pedigree graphic showing your common ancestor and the lines through which you both descend. Pretty cool, right?

Scan for friends button in android Family Tree app.
Scanning for friends using Relatives around Me.
List of nearby friends in Relatives around Me app.
Screen showing how two people are related in Family Tree app.

Give It a Try

Now, you could log into the app, start scanning, and wander around until you find a cousin. But there are better ways to use Relatives around Me, especially in group settings. Here are some of the best scenarios to give this feature a try:

  • Church group—Find out who in your congregation is also part of your family tree. The app is fun at a weekday party or activity and useful in a Sunday class.
  • Friends—Out with friends? Check if you are related. You may have more in common with your friends than just hiking, reading, or a love of adorable cat videos.
  • Neighbors—The feature is easy to try as you talk with neighbors across the fence. It would be interesting to see if you have flocked to the same area as your distant relatives.
  • Co-workers—The feature provides a fun work party activity or a unique way to build unity and connection among those who work in the same office.

Note: If someone in your group is new to FamilySearch and hasn’t added information to the Family Tree, the Relatives around Me feature won’t be able to detect their relatives. Visit our Getting Started page to learn how to add your family to the Family Tree.

If you have questions or comments about Relatives around Me or any other feature of the FamilySearch Family Tree app, you can select Give App Feedback on the Help menu to send us your input. We would love to hear what you think of the app.

Download the app today, and give it a try!

FamilySearch Tree app
App store icon for ios system.
App store icon for android system.

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  1. hi, I want to see if im related to Milly Bobby Brown. m mothers Madan name was Andrea Sharon brown and she grew up in England and Milly Bobby Brown also grew up in England, so I’m just curios if I’m related to her.

    1. Hi Lincoln! Thank you for your suggestion. I have passed it along to the team that is over this product. Thank you for reading the blog!

  2. I have an iPhone and am logged into the app. I do not have the Relatives Around Me option in the menu. Neither does my brother on his Android. Has this feature been removed?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Veronica! Thank you for your question. The app was updated in preparation for RootsTech. You should see on your app “Relatives at RootsTech”. You can click on the menu for that feature and opt out. This will then show you “Relatives Around Me” again on your app. You are able to opt back in to Relatives at RootsTech again at any time and toggle back and forth. Once RootsTech ends on February 27, the apps will only show the Relatives Around Me feature.

      1. I have tried doing this, opting out and clicking don’t show again but it doesn’t allow me to search for ancestors around me

        1. Hi Kyle! Thank you for your feedback. Once you Opt Out of “Relatives at RootsTech”, return to the main menu of the app. You will then see “Relatives Around Me”. If you are still seeing “Relatives at RootsTech”, you are not opted out of that feature.

  3. Hi! I’m trying to do the Scan for Friends on the app, but when I tap on Relatives around Me it doesn’t show that. I can share with friends, check another last name, and add ancestors to my tree, but I can’t find where I can scan for Friends anywhere! I’ve got the android app, just downloaded it today. Please help!

    1. Hi Victoria! Thank you for your question. The app was updated in preparation for RootsTech. You should see on your app “Relatives at RootsTech”. You can click on the menu for that feature and opt out. This will then show you “Relatives Around Me” again on your app. You are able to opt back in to Relatives at RootsTech again at any time and toggle back and forth. Once RootsTech ends on February 27, the apps will only show the Relatives Around Me feature.

  4. I am looking for a Great grandmother born in Germany came to US as a girl about 16 ot 17 . I have her after marriage but don’t know where she married. Family search has nothing on her. What is the best way to fine her.?