What is the timeline or map in Family Tree?

In Family Tree, the Time Line section lists this person's information vertically in chronological order. You can also turn an optional map on or off to see your ancestor's life journey on a map.

The time line also shows you the available record hints in context of the other life events. When you can see where the record hint fits in your ancestor's life story, you can more readily decide if the hint is about your ancestor.

The map lets you see places of significant life events. You can switch the view to a satellite picture, and zoom in to see what a place looks like today.

Timeline Options (website)

Open timeline

  1. In Family Tree on the FamilySearch website, display a person page.
  2. In the menu bar below the person's name, click the Time Line link.

Customize timeline

  1. On the left, click Show.
  2. To add or remove features, click in boxes. When the box is blue, you see that information on the timeline.
    1. The system randomly selects historical events. You can see up to 8 historical events on a timeline.


To turn the map on or off, click Map. To make the map full screen, click the box icon to the right of "Show".

Add to timeline

To add new information to the time line, click Add, enter the information, and click Save.

Edit information

  1. Click Edit to the right of a piece of information.
  2. Make changes.
  3. To tag a new source to this information, click Tag, click the check box of each relevant source, and click OK.
  4. Click Save.

Delete information

  1. Click Edit to the right of the information you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete.
  3. Enter an explanation for why you are deleting this information.
  4. Click Delete.

Record hints

To review a record hint, click Review and Attach. Then proceed as you normally would.


The timeline lacks a built-in print option. But you can use your browser print option.

  1. If the map is open, click Map to close it.
  2. Use the standard command to print in your browser and operating system. For Windows, press Ctrl + P and for Mac, press Command + P. For more help, search the Internet for specific instructions for your browser and operating system.

Timeline (mobile app)

The Family Tree mobile app does not provide a time line. 

Timeline (Family Tree Lite)

Family Tree Lite does not provide a time line.

How do I attach record hints in Family Tree?

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