How do I add missing family members to Family Tree from record hints?

Historical records often identify family members who are not yet in Family Tree. Use the source linker to add these individuals without having to retype all of their information. The historical record then serves as your source.

Steps (website)

  1. While using the source linker on the FamilySearch.org website, make sure that the people on the record hint (on the left) are correctly lined up with the people from Family Tree. If the Family Tree side does not already contain the person, you will see an option that you can click to add a new person.
  2. Click + Add.  Family Tree uses the information from the historical record to see if Family Tree already contains information about that person.
  3. If Family Tree does not find a match, it displays a data entry screen. The information available on the historical record has been added automatically to the data entry screen.
    1. Make any needed additions or corrections.
    2. Click Create New Person.
  4. If Family Tree found matches, it displays them on the screen.
    1. Compare the details. Click Show More to see more.
    2. If it is the same person, click Select. The person from Family Tree automatically appears on the right.
  5. If the record contains details that are missing from Family Tree, click +Add to transfer them over.
  6. Enter a reason statement. This might be something as simple as, “Provides evidence of birth and death information.”
  7. Click Attach.

The historical record is now attached as a source to that person and provides evidence that the information in Family Tree is accurate.
You can repeat these steps for every person on the historical record that needs to be added to Family Tree.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. While using the source linker in the Family Tree mobile app, make sure that the people on the record hint (on the left) are correctly lined up with the people from Family Tree.
  2. Tap +. Family Tree automatically searches for this person in Family Tree.
  3. If Family Tree does not find a match, it displays a data entry screen. The information available on the record is automatically typed in for you.
    1. Make any needed additions or corrections.
    2. Tap Create New Person.
  4. If Family Tree found matches, it displays them on the screen.
    1. Compare the details. Tap Show More to see more.
    2. If it is the same person, tap Select. The person from Family Tree automatically appears on the right.
  5. If the record contains details that are missing from Family Tree, tap + to transfer them over.
  6. Enter a reason statement. This might be something as simple as, “Provides evidence of birth and death information.”
  7. Tap Attach.

The historical record is now attached as a source to that person and provides evidence that the information in Family Tree is accurate.
You can repeat these steps for every person on the historical record that needs to be added to Family Tree.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Family Tree Lite does not have record hints.

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