How do I change vital information in Family Tree?

In Family Tree, you can correct the name, sex, or event information for a person, regardless of whether you added it.

Family Tree is an open, collaborative environment. Your change shows in a change history, along with your user ID and a means to contact you. Any user, including you, can reverse changes if you make a mistake.

Before you start

  • Focus on accuracy. Your change should make the information about a person more correct.
  • Be prepared to explain your changes, and, when possible, attach sources.
  • Consider contacting the user who made the last change before you make a correction. To find contact information, click Detail View. Then click the name showing in the "Last Changed" details.
  • Be aware that other Family Tree users could be watching this record. (You can see how many are watching when you make your correction.) They receive an email notification if you change the record. They might contact you to discuss your change.

Steps (Website)

  1. In Family Tree, display the person page of the individual whose information you want to correct.
  2. If you do not see Vitals near the top of the screen, click Details.
  3. For the information you need to correct, click Edit.
  4. Review the sources and reason statement. Continue only if your change makes the information more accurate.
  5. When editing a name, choose the appropriate language in the field above the name fields.
  6. Make your changes.
    • If the option is available to delete information, you can click Delete in the bottom right corner of the box.
  7. If you change a date or place, select a standardized date or place.​ If no matching standard is available, click None of the Above.
  8. Enter a reason statement to explain why the information is correct. If the existing reasoning is applicable, leave the existing explanation, and add your own comments.
  9. Click Save.

Note: We recommend that you refresh the web page after you save changes.

Steps (Mobile App)

  1. Navigate to the Person page of the individual whose information you want to correct.
  2. Tap Details.
  3. In the Vitals section, tap the information that you want to change.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Review the sources and reason statement. Continue only if your change makes the information more accurate.
  6. Edit the information, and press Continue.
    • If you are able to delete the information, you see a Delete option at the bottom.
  7. Enter a reason statement to explain why the information is correct. If the existing reasoning is applicable, leave the existing explanation, and add your own comments.
  8. Tap Save

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

  1. On the Family screen, tap the name of the person whose information you want to correct.
  2. Tap the information that you want to change, and tap Edit.
  3. Review the reason statement. Continue only if your change makes the information more accurate.
  4. Edit the information.
    • If you are able to delete the information, you see a Delete option at the bottom.
  5. Enter a reason statement to explain why the information is correct. If the existing reasoning is applicable, leave the existing explanation, and add your own comments.
  6. Tap Save

After you finish

Whenever possible, attach sources to show where you found your information. 

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