How do I edit a source in Family Tree?

Information about the sources that are attached to individuals, such as where the source was found or its description, can be edited. For more source editing options, see the articles linked at the bottom of this page.

Before you begin

  • If you add or edit a URL, FamilySearch reviews it to make sure it contains content appropriate for Family Tree.
  • If the website has already been approved for use in Family Tree, you can save the source and proceed.
  • If the website has not been approved for Family Tree, the system prompts you to submit the URL for review. After review, you receive an email notification. At that point, you would return to Family Tree and reenter the URL. Most often, we review when you link to a personal blog, a photo-sharing site, a Google document, or other site that does not monitor content.
  • If you enter a website that FamilySearch.org considers inappropriate, you cannot save the source.

Steps (website)

  1. Navigate to the Person page of the individual who has an attached source.
  2. Click the Sources tab. 
  3. Below the source title, click View Source.
  4. Click Edit
  5. Enter your changes and a reason for the changes.
  6. Click Save.

Find sources attached to relationships in the Family Members section of a person page. Click the Edit icon beside either the marriage date or the child's name, depending on the relationship.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. Navigate to the Person page of the individual who has an attached source.
  2. Tap the Sources tab and tap a source.
  3. In the top-right corner, tap the three dots, then Edit.
  4. Make your changes and tap Save.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Currently, Family Tree Lite lacks the Sources feature. Visit the full website.

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How do I add an outside source to Family Tree?
How do I restore sources that were removed from Family Tree?

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