How do I use the discussions feature in Family Tree?

The Discussion board is a tool on the FamilySearch website for communicating with other users about a shared ancestor. Use it to share research, ask questions, and resolve any entries on an ancestor’s Person page that don’t appear to be correct.

Remember to be courteous in your comments. They cannot be deleted by other users. You can delete a discussion that you added.

Steps (website)

  1. In Family Tree on the FamilySearch.org website, display the person page of the person whose discussions you want to use.
  2. In the gray area beneath the ancestor’s name, click Collaborate
  3. To start a new discussion, follow these steps:
    1. At the top of the Discussion box, click + Add a New Discussion
    2. Enter a discussion title followed by a description. This is where you explain the question you have or the help you need understanding a particular detail about your ancestor.
    3. Click Save
  4. To comment on an existing discussion, follow these steps:
    1. Click the discussion you would like to participate in. 
    2. To read other people’s comments, and to leave your own comment, click Comment
    3. Enter your comment, and click Save
  5. To edit a comment you have made, follow these steps:
    1. On the far right of your comment, click Edit.
    2. Make the changes.
    3. Click Save.
  6. To delete a comment you have made, follow these steps:
    1. On the far right of your comment, click Delete.
    2. Click Yes.

Steps (mobile app)

The Family Tree mobile app does not yet support discussions. Be sure to use the website. 

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Family Tree Lite does not yet support discussions. Be sure to use the website. 

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