Relatives Around Me

January 5, 2018  - by 

Have you ever sat in a room full of people and wondered if or how you might be related to those around you? If not, you will now . . . Sorry. But, there is good news! Relatives Around Me, a new feature in the FamilySearch Family Tree app, can tell you the answer.

How It Works

To try the new feature, you and your potential cousin both need to be signed in to the Family Tree app and within approximately 100 feet of each other. Once signed in, select More at the bottom right of the screen (iOS) or the dropdown in the top left (Android) and then select Relatives Around Me. This opens a page with a green button that says Scan for Friends.

Learn how to find out who around you you're related to!

How to use Relatives Around Me for iOS.

How to use the Family Tree app to find your relatives near you.

How to use Relatives Around Me for Android.

Tap the green button to start scanning. Anyone signed into the app and 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?

Use this cool feature to find relatives near you.

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 new feature a try:

  • Church group—Find out who in your congregation is also part of your family tree. Fun at a weekday party or activity, and useful in a Sunday class.
  • Friends—Out with friends? Check to see 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—Easy to do as you talk with neighbors across the fence. Interesting to see if you have flocked to the same area as your distant relatives.
  • Coworkers—A fun work party activity, or a unique way to build unity and connection among those that work in the same office.

If you have questions or comments about this 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’d love to hear what you think of the app.

Download the app today and give it a try! To get to the Android app instead, click here.


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  1. I have a friend from High School with the same last name as my great-grandmother — but he lives in another state now. How can we readily find out if we have a common ancestor?

    1. If you both have FamilySearch accounts the best way to find out is through the “Relatives Around Me” feature. Click here to learn more about how you can use it. It’s so much fun!

      1. Yes, the reason I asked is because the site says “you … both need to be signed in to the Family Tree app and within approximately 100 feet of each other.” Is the requirement to be within 100 feet of each other not true? I wondered if it used some kind of bluetooth connection or gps to verify proximity and assumed it was a security requirement to assure both were consenting.

        1. You are absolutely right Terry. I’m sorry I must have skimmed your question and missed the part where you said you weren’t in close proximity. Unfortunately we don’t have another feature that can show you this on FamilySearch, but you can use a feature called “Relative Finder” that helps you connect with friends long distance to see if you’re related. Click here to go there. You will both need to have a FamilySearch account and enough data in your tree to see that relationship. Hope this is more helpful than last time!

  2. I don’t know who my dads side of the family is I never met him
    And I want to see if I’m related to anyone famours