See How You Are Related to Other Users—FamilySearch Update

August 16, 2019  - by 
Two cousins hugging.

One of the great things about using FamilySearch’s shared tree is that you can learn what others know about your ancestors.

This means that every time you visit FamilySearch, new information might have popped up from one of your distant cousins, or things may have been changed around. When this happens, FamilySearch creates a tag that shows you who made the change. Have you ever wondered why someone made a  change?—Or better yet, how you are related to him or her?

This is why we are excited to announce the release of a new relationship viewer feature. This release is an addition to the collaboration tools already in FamilySearch, like Messaging and Discussions, that allow you to contact other users who are contributing to the Family Tree.

Discovering Family on FamilySearch—How Related Are You?

If you have ever used Relatives at Rootstech to hunt down cousins at a conference or experimented with Relatives Around Me on the Family Tree app, then you already have a pretty good idea of how the new feature works. Each of these tools allow you to directly see how you are related to someone here and now, not just your past ancestors in the tree.

The difference? The new feature doesn’t require you to be within 100 feet of another person. It gives you the option to view your relationship anywhere you spot a contributor name on the Family Tree, so long as he or she has opted in to use the new feature.  

Excited yet? Try this for yourself on FamilySearch, or read more about how it works below.

Screenshot showing relationship to another FamilySearch user.

How to Opt In and Try It Out

Start by logging in to FamilySearch or opening the Family Tree app. Explore your tree, and keep an eye out for contributor names. These are usually in a different colored font and can be found in the Vitals section, Latest Changes section, Sources, Memories, Messages—and other places too.

Note: On the FamilySearch website, you may need to toggle the Detail View, to see contributor names. On the mobile app, contributors don’t come up until you tap a specific piece of information or look at recent changes in the 3-dot menu at the top.

Screenshot showing how to toggle detail view on desktop in FamilySearch Family Tree.
Screenshot of person page on FamilySearch mobile app.

Pick a contributor name, and click on it. This will pull up a small window asking you to opt in to the new feature. Enabling the option to view relationships also allows others to see their relationship to you. This feature is entirely optional, so if you do not want others viewing how they are related to you, it can be toggled on and off in your settings.

Screenshot showing a username tag on FamilySearch.
Screenshot showing how to enable view relationship on FamilySearch.
Screenshot showing enable relationship agreement on FamilySearch.

From here, you should be able to view your relationship to any contributor that has also opted in.

Screenshot showing view relationship button on FamilySearch.
Screenshot showing relationship to second cousin on FamilySearch.

And that’s all there is to it! So try opting in and giving it a whirl! You might find that you’re one of the first ones on the scene, since the feature is still new. But you can speed up the process and start connecting now by using the feature’s option to send someone a friendly request. You may be surprised to discover that the person isn’t so much a stranger after all—which could open new doors to connecting with your family.

Screenshot showing request to view relationship button on FamilySearch.

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  1. I think this is a wonderful idea I have tried contacting those people I suspected where related somewhere down the line but not had much luck so look forward to being able to contact long lost cousins etc well done!

  2. I love this as well. After my mother died. I had nothing to connect me to any one. But now I have found cousin all over the world. We are sharing information and pictures. Some of us are planning a family history trip to France. I have discovered that my roots are even deep in the church on both sides from the beginning. That I’m related to several of the prophets. But I would really like to find my half sister. Thanks everyone for your hard work.

    1. Awesome. All the best. I have quite a few very distant European DNA cousin matches. My paternal great grandmother was born in Sierra Leone and her dad was a Bareste whose origin was a Tourrettes, France. Also my Seale roots are in Channel Islands so my matches could have been French immigrants there.

  3. Hi I am looking for my half brother Carl from my father Freddy walkley mom name Gail love get in touch

  4. My parents didn’t know much about their families and their weren’t many of them around when I was growing up. I have gotten to know my grandparents etc. It has been such a blessing

    1. To enable relationship viewing:

      On the FamilySearch website, click your name in the top right corner of the screen. Then select “Settings” and select the “Contact” tab. At the bottom of that page, click the box to make the relationships public, then save.

      On the Family Tree app, select “Settings”, then “App”, and then turn on Enable Relationship Viewing.