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