You can now find some of the best experiences FamilySearch has to offer all gathered in one place—ancestor discovery pages. With FamilySearch’s updated ancestor discovery pages, you can do everything from viewing photos and timelines of your ancestors’ lives to exploring their heritage with fun interactive online activities.
What Can You Learn from the Ancestor Discovery Pages?
The new ancestor discovery page has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a fun family activity or detailed information about an ancestor’s life.
Below is a quick snapshot of what you may find on an ancestor’s discovery page.
Try on the traditional clothing your ancestors wore, compare your face to theirs, and view on a map where your ancestors lived.
Read a summary your ancestor’s life. If no life summary is available, no worries—you can sign in to FamilySearch.org and add one!
View a time line of your ancestor’s life, including important events such as family birth and death dates and changes in living locations.
Photos and Memories
View photos of your ancestor and discover other important mementos from the ancestor’s life, such as audio recordings and uploaded documents.
Family Names and Name Meanings
Read the meanings behind your ancestor’s first and last names, and learn the names of your ancestor’s parents, siblings, spouse, and children. To learn more about these other family members, simply click the person’s name, and you can view that person’s own personalized ancestor page!
Share Your Ancestor’s Page
If you’ve enjoyed viewing your ancestor’s discovery page, don’t hesitate to share it on your social media or with other family members. You don’t need a FamilySearch account to view ancestor discovery pages, which makes it that much easier for others to view all the exciting information you found on the page!
To share the page, just click one or more of the social media icons found either on the top right of the page or again at the bottom of the page.
How to Find Your Ancestor’s Discovery Page
You may be able to find your ancestor’s discovery page by simply typing the person's name, birthday (or another vital date), and ‘FamilySearch’ into your web browser. The ancestor's discovery page will likely pop up in the top search results.
You can also add the ancestor's FamilySearch ID number at the end of the URL "ancestors.familysearch.org/" to navigate to your ancestor's discovery page. For example, if I knew that my ancestor's person ID was "LBT7-PXC" then I would type the URL "ancestors.familysearch.org/LBT7-PXC" into my browser. Here's how to find your ancestor's person ID.
Another way to discover your ancestor's page is by visiting Ancestors.FamilySearch.org, and then scrolling down the page and clicking Browse Surname Directory. From there, you can find your ancestors’ names by selecting the letter the last name starts with and then clicking the name group that the first and last name would fall under alphabetically.
You don’t need a FamilySearch account to view ancestor discovery pages. However, with a FamilySearch account, you can add photos, sources, a life summary, and other rich information to ancestor discovery pages. Create your free FamilySearch account today.