What does the descendancy view do in Family Tree?

In Family Tree on the FamilySearch website, the descendancy view shows individual's descendants vertically in a list. With it, you can easily see or research your ancestors’ descendants. 

You can expand generations in the tree to show more details. Click the Options button in the upper right corner of the screen to chose what you see: record hints, research suggestions, data problems, portraits, and spouses (see step 7 below).

Steps (website)

  1. In Family Tree on the FamilySearch website, click Tree.
  2. In the top left portion of the pedigree view, click the name of the current view (Landscape, for example), then Descendancy.
  3. (Optional) Click the number of generations to display.
  4. (Optional) To change the person at the top of chart, use one of these options:
    • To select an ancestor of the first person on the chart, click Expand, and then click the desired person.
    • To select someone who is listed elsewhere on the chart, click his or her name, then Tree
  5. (Optional) To expand or collapse the view of spouses and descendants of the root person, click the arrows.
  6. (Optional) To hide or show different types of information, click Options. Click the check boxes to turn information on and off. (Tip: Turn off the portraits to see more people on the screen at once.)
  7. (Optional) Although the descendancy view does not have a print option like the other pedigree views, you can still use your browser to print it. Simply press Ctrl+P. If you use Chrome, the chart prints in color with the icons. Firefox does not print icons.

Steps (mobile)

The Family Tree mobile app does not have a descendancy view.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Family Tree Lite does not have a descendancy view.

What are the different pedigree views in Family Tree?

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