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01 September 2015

Is My Relative in Family Search Family Tree?

FamilySearch Family Tree Basics


The FamilySearch Family Tree is a 'One Tree' Concept and has created it's collective database of names from a number of sources. It is entirely possible that your relative is already hanging out on the tree waiting for you to find them and add sources and memories to their profile. So, before you start adding someone to the tree, it's critical that you determine whether or not a profile exists for them.  

In the post, "How do I research someone that I know little about?" I detailed the basic steps for determining if there are any records available for a relative. Be sure to read that post if you missed it.

Let's recap where we are with the case study:

Zula J (Devore) Offord
daughter of: Warren Devore and Sallie Ball
born 11 June 1869 in Ashland, Kentucky
died 25 October 1929 in Columbus, Ohio
married to: John Offord

When we searched for records for Zula, we noticed that none of the results were attached the the family tree. If they were, there would be a "Review Attachments" link on the record index page. 

One could jump to the conclusion that Zula is not part of the family tree and needs to be added to it. However, we must recognize that there are numerous names on the family tree with no sources attached to them. We must search the tree before we started adding a new person to it. 

To Search the Family Tree


After Logging-In to FamilySearch.org, I press Family Tree and then Find.


Is my relative in Family Search Family Tree


At the next screen, complete the form with the least amount of data and then add more if your search results are too many.

Find a Relative in FamilySerach Family Tree


In the search form I enter Zula Devore, female, born Kentucky, then pressed the Enter key on my keyboard (this would be the Command key on a Mac, or press the . There was one entry for Zula Devore. She had the spouse and parents that aligned with the information I had previously discovered.


Find a Relative in FamilySerach Family Tree


If you have too many possibilities, add more details to the form by pressing the Refine button on the results page. You can then add dates and relatives to help narrow down the results. If you do not find your relative in these results, it is still possible they are in the tree. You can add your relative to the tree (which will be discussed in a later post). 

For now, I can click on Zula's profile and then attach the sources I discovered in the previous post to her tree.  

It can not be stressed enough how important it is to check to see if your relative is already in FamilySearch Family Tree before you start adding new people. It's entirely possible that your relatives are already in the tree and you should confirm this before going further.

Do you have questions about finding your relative in the family tree? Leave them in the comments below or sending them to me using the contact box in the side bar. 

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