Now there’s a faster, easier method for attaching historical records to entire families. When you find a historical record about your ancestor, that record may contain information about other family members. Census records often list several members of a family.
When you find a person in a historical record on FamilySearch.org and then attach the record to that person in Family Tree, you are telling the system that the two people are the same. For example, you find the family of Francis Allor in the 1930 census. Francis is listed as Frank (his nickname). If you attach the 1930 census record to Francis Allor in your Family Tree, you are telling the system that Frank Allor in the census record and Francis Allor in the tree are the same person. In the record title, the system lists that this is a record for Frank Allor in the 1930 census. It would be inappropriate to attach the record with that title to other family members.
Until now, attaching a historical record to all of the family members required you to search for and attach the record to one person at a time. Many of you have requested a faster way to attach a source to all of the appropriate family members. The new feature allows you to easily attach a source to an entire family.
It also lets you easily add new people and information into Family Tree from a FamilySearch.org historical record.
Attaching Sources—the Basic Process
Here is the basic process you use when you attach a historical record to a person in Family Tree.
- Search for the person in the historical records on FamilySearch.org, and view the results. Use one of these ways to search. Go to a person’s details page, and on the right side, click Search Records. (The system looks for records that match the person’s information.) On any page, click Search near the top of the screen. Add the details you want to search for (like a name, date, and place), and click Search.
- If a historical record has information about the person you are looking for, then to attach the source to the person in Family Tree, click Attach to Family Tree.
If the system finds the person in Family Tree, it will show you the person’s information. The historical record is on the left. The Family Tree record is on the right.
- As you start to prepare to add the historical record as a source, start by adding a reason statement for attaching the source. You can choose the tags you want placed on the source. To remove a tag, just click the tag. To add the source to your source box, click Add Source to Source Box.
- Click Attach to attach the source.
If the historical record contains more people who match people in Family Tree, you will be asked if you want to review them.
- Click Review. The system displays the historical record on the left and the Family Tree record on the right.
A Detach icon in the center means the source is already attached to the person in Family Tree, but you can detach it if you want to. An Attach icon means you can attach the source to the person.
- To add the source to the person, click the person’s Attach icon. The historical record appears on the left side; the person’s Family Tree record appears on the right side.
- Add a reason statement and select the tags. If you want to add the source to your source box, click Add Source to Source Box.
Tip: The historical record in this example includes the person’s residence in 1910. Notice the + Add icon in between the two records. It means the residence does not appear in the tree. You can add the information to Family Tree while you are attaching the record.
- To add information from the historical record to Family Tree, click the + Add icon for the information. The information is copied to the tree record on the right, and an Undo icon appears.
Now you are ready to attach the source.
- Click the Attach button at the bottom of the screen. You’ve added the source to another person.
- To attach the source to a third person, click the person’s Attach icon. The reason statement you already created appears in this person’s record.
- Select the tags and whether you want to add the source to your source box, and click the Attach button at the bottom of the screen.
- Repeat steps 10 and 11 for each person you want to add the source to.
- In the upper-left corner of the screen, click Return to Record when you are done.
Attaching Sources if the System Doesn’t Find a Match in Family Tree
If FamilySearch.org doesn’t find a match in Family Tree for the person in the historical record, it will show you a list of people you have recently viewed in Family Tree.
- To see more information about a person, click the person’s name. A card appears with information from the Family Tree Record.
- If the person you need is in the list, click that person’s Select link on the right.
- Add a reason statement, select the tags you want attached to the record, indicate whether you want to add the source to your source box, and click Attach.
The system gives you a message that the attachment was successful and asks if you want to review other possible matches in Family Tree.
- Click Review, and follow the basic process to attach the source to more people in the family.
Using the Source Feature to Add an Existing Source to More People
Have you ever found a source but not wanted to take the time to attach it to everyone listed in the source (like a census record for a family of 7? Now you can use the new source feature to easily add the source to the others in the family.
When you find a historical record for a person, if the record has already been added as a source to a person in Family Tree, instead of an Attach to Family Tree link, you will see a View in Family Tree link and a Review Attachments link.
Tip: If you click View in Family Tree, you will see the person’s summary card. Click Tree if you want to see the person’s record in Family Tree.
- To see if there are other people you can attach the source to, click Review Attachments.The system displays the page where you can attach the source to more people.
- For each person that you want to attach the source to, click the person’s Attach link, and follow the basic process for attaching a source.