Relationship Viewing: How do I turn on or off the option to view my relationship to other users?

Family Tree is a growing collection of family genealogies, contributed by people from all over the world, over many years.

The shared nature of the tree makes it possible for users to see how they are related to each other, if both users have enabled relationship viewing.

When you enable relationship viewing you agree to allow other users to see certain aspects of your account:

  • their relationship to you
  • your profile (this can be edited in settings) 
  • your portrait photo in Family Tree, if available
  • any shared ancestors
  • Important: Information about living individuals in your tree is NOT visible to other users as part of relationship viewing.

The relationship information is available when another user clicks your profile in Family Tree or Memories. An option to view the relationship is displayed, along with the contact details.

You can enable or disable relationship viewing in your account settings.

Steps (website)

  1. Sign in to FamilySearch.
  2. In the upper right corner, click your name.
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click Permissions.
  5. Under Relationship Viewing, select the checkbox next to "Allow others to see relationships to you, your display name, your portrait in Family Tree, if available, and any shared ancestors."
  6. Click Enable.

Steps (mobile app)

You can turn the option on when you view another user's contact information. You can also turn it on or off in your settings. Here's how:

  1. While signed in to the Family Tree mobile app:
    • Apple iOS: In the bottom right corner, tap the 3 dots.
    • Android: In the top left corner, tap the 3 lines.
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Below the Enable Relationship Viewing option, read the message to see what information is available to other users.
  4. To turn the option on, tap Enable Relationship Viewing.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Family Tree Lite currently does not have the option to view your relationship to other users. Please use the Family Tree mobile app instead.

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