How do I see what changes were made about a person in Family Tree?

The Latest Changes feature allows you to review all of the changes users make to an ancestor’s record in Family Tree. You can then reverse the change if you feel it is incorrect or contact the person who made it. In some circumstances, you have to click Reference to see the restore option.

It is usually a good idea to reach out to the other user since—like you—he or she likely feels a strong attachment to the ancestor. Perhaps you can work together to achieve a fuller, richer account of your ancestor than you would if you work by yourself!

If you want to see who made changes to a particular Life Event, go to Vitals: Event and click Edit. You are able to see who made the most recent change.

Steps (website)

  1. Sign in to  FamilySearch , then navigate to the Person page of the individual you want to see. 
  2. If you do not see Vitals near the top of the page, click the Details tab.
  3. To see changes made about the person, find the Latest Changes box, and click Show All.
  4. To see changes for a couple relationship, follow these steps:
    1. Scroll down to the Family Members section.
    2. Find the couple, and click their Edit icon .
    3. Click See All Changes.
  5. To see the changes for a parent-child relationship, follow these steps.
    1. Scroll down to the Family Members section.
    2. Find the child, and click the Edit icon for the parent-child relationship.
    3. Click See All Changes.
  6. By default, all changes display in order, with the most recent changes first. To filter this list to a specific type of information, such as the name, click Filter, and then click the information that you want.
  7. If the word Restore appears on the far right, you can easily undo a change:
    1. Click Restore.
    2. On the popup, review the information you are about to restore.
    3. Click Restore.
  8. If the word Reference appears on the far right, more details are available:
    1. Click Reference.
    2. Review the available list to see whether the Restore option is available.
  9. To contact the FamilySearch user who made the change, click his or her contact name. You can then use the FamilySearch messaging system to communicate.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. Open the Family Tree app, and tap or find the ancestor. 
  2. In the top right corner of the screen, tap the 3 dots to open a menu. Do not tap the 3 bars. 
  3. From the menu that appears, tap Recent Changes. If you can’t see Recent Changes, tap More, then Recent Changes.
  4. You see a list of changes to your ancestor’s record. 
    • Note: If you can reverse a change, you see a Restore button. You also see the name of the person who made the change. Click it to see his or her contact information or to use FamilySearch Messaging to communicate. 

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

The Latest Changes feature is not currently available on Family Tree Lite. To access it, please sign in to www.FamilySearch.org or the Family Tree app, and use the instructions above.  

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