New Family Groups Feature Makes it Easy to Collaborate on FamilySearch

A family sitting on a couch messaging each other using the family groups feature on FamilySearch.

The new family groups feature makes it easy to send FamilySearch messages to a selected group of your living relatives on FamilySearch. Let’s take a look at this new feature and how you can use it to enhance your family history research and collaborate with your relatives.

How to Find the New Family Groups Feature

Family groups are available on both the FamilySearch website and the Family Tree mobile app.


Click your name in the top right corner of the page, and then click Family Groups.

In the top right corner of the page, click on your name. From the drop-down menu, click on Family Groups to get to the family groups feature.

Apple iOS Mobile App

Tap More in the bottom right corner of the screen and then Family Groups.

In the bottom right of the iOS app screen, tap on the more menu to get to Family Groups.

Android Mobile App

Tap the menu button and then Family Groups.

Click on the three lines in the corner of the app to access family groups on Android.

How to Create a Family Group

Currently, each FamilySearch user can be a member of one family group. If you are not yet part of a group, you can create one and then invite your family to participate by following the steps below.

  1. Open the family groups feature, as described previously.  
  2. Select Create Group
    Screenshot of the create group button on the web.
  3. Fill out the required information. You must give your group a name. A description and photo are optional. 

How to Invite Others to Join the Family Group

With your group created, you can now invite other FamilySearch users to join your group.

On the website, you can invite people by email, so you will need the email address of each person you want to invite.

On a mobile device, you can send the invitation by email, messaging, or any of the other options available on your device.

To join the group, the recipients open the email or message, sign in to FamilySearch, and accept the invitation.

Then you, as the group administrator, go into the group and approve each new member.

How to Send Messages to a Family Group

All members of a family group can easily send FamilySearch messages to each other simultaneously. This enables easier collaboration about all types of family history work.

How to message a group on the mobile app.

Anyone can be group members and benefit from this easier communication as long as they have a FamilySearch account.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many family groups can I join?
How many people can be in a family group?
Who can create and join family groups?
How does group administration work?
Can group members share Family Tree private spaces?
Can group members see or share private memories?

Create Your Own Family Group

Using family groups, you will be able to connect to your family in new and easier ways. So what are you waiting for? Create your family group, and start collaborating with your family today!

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