How do I add a life sketch, vitals, and other information to Family Tree?

If a person is already in Family Tree, you can enhance his or her record by adding a life sketch, vitals, and other information.

  • The life sketch is a story of the person's life. It can have up to 10,000 characters. To enter a life sketch, you must use the Family Tree on the FamilySearch.org website.
    • We recommend that you type your life sketch into a word processing document first, then copy it into Family Tree. Otherwise your session may time out, and you may lose your work.
  • Vitals include the name, sex, birth, christening, death, and burial information. You can add vitals from Family Tree on the FamlySearch.org website, the mobile app, and Family Tree Lite.
  • Other information includes alternate names, stillborn, occupations, naturalization, military service, titles of nobility, and more. You can add other information using the Family Tree on the FamlySearch.org website and mobile app. You cannot add it using Family Tree Lite.

Steps (website)

Landscape, Portrait, Fan Chart, and Descendancy Views

  1. In the top menu, click Family Tree, and then click Tree.
  2. Find the person on the tree that you want to enhance.
  3. Click the person's name. In the details that pop-up, click the person's name again. You will be taken to that person’s page.
  4. Click Details or Time Line tab. Life sketch is only available under the Details tab.
  5. On the Details tab, click the triangle next to each section to view information. There are four main sections: Life Sketch, Vitals, Other Information, and Family Members.
  6. Click the appropriate Add link. If prompted, select the type of information you want to add.
  7. Enter the information and a reason statement to explain why the information is correct. No reason statement is required for Life Sketch.
  8. Click Save.

First Ancestor View

This view can add select events, facts, and life sketches to a person's profile without leaving the Family Tree pedigree, but it cannot add vitals.

  1. Sign in to FamilySearch and click Family Tree, and then click Tree.
  2. Navigate to the person you want to edit.
  3. Click their name.
  4. A side sheet for that person opens on the right. Scroll down to the section in that menu that you would like to enhance. You have the option to click 1 of these features:
    1. Add Event
    2. Add Fact
    3. Add Life Sketch (Note: If there is already a life sketch added, you can't change it unless you go to the person page. In that case, click their name in the side menu and you'll be taken to their person page.)
  5. Once you've selected one of them, fill in the pertinent information to the best of your ability. Don't forget to add a reason statement for events and facts.
  6. Click Save.

Steps (mobile app)

In the Family Tree mobile app, you can add vitals and other information. The life sketch is not available.

  1. In the Family Tree mobile app, display the person page you want to enhance.
  2. Tap +.
  3. Tap the type of information you want to add.
  4. In each field, enter the appropriate information. 
  5. In the Reason This Information Is Correct box, add a clear explanation of how you know the information is correct.
  6. Tap Save.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

In Family Tree Lite, you can add only vital information. The life sketch and other information are not available.

  1. In Family Tree Lite (lite.fs.org), click the name of the person you want to enhance.
  2. Click the appropriate Add link.
  3. In each field, enter the appropriate information. 
  4. In the Reason This Information Is Correct box, add a clear explanation of how you know the information is correct.
  5. Click Save.

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