Who Are My Relatives? – Using FamilySearch

How much do you know about FamilySearch? Well, I am discovering a lot about its exemplary features.

Did you know that FamilySearch’s Family Tree, is a social network that connects people with their ancestors?

This community-based aspect is a single place for people to store sources about their ancestors and communicate with others working on the same family line. The purpose is to combine your family’s ancestors with someone else’s. As you make this connection, FamilySearch will automatically add you to the most massive combined family tree in the world. You’ll be able to have access to the names and details of an ancestor that you share with others. Family Tree helps you discover your family’s history, and when you enter information about yourself and your own family, you might be assisting others in realizing their history as well.

How am I related

FamilySearch Family Tree is ingenious, as you build your tree with your ancestor’s new information, you can learn what others know about your ancestors.

After I had my tree started, the following is an example of what I see every time I visit my home page on FamilySearch. Usually, as I scroll down, I see several documents from others who have information about one or more of my ancestors. Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

Keep in mind that these images are from another member’s tree, and FamilySearch has matched these to relatives in my tree, I now can compare their data to my tree. Also, I can see the source material used to come to their conclusions. Then I can decide to use the added information if applicable.

Shared by Other Users

One of the cool features is that I can view my relationship to the ancestor that shows in someone else’s tree. What you see here is the 1920 census record for my ancestor Martin John Iverson.

By clicking on “View my relationship.”

I can see how I am related, and he appears to be my Great Grandfather’s brother.

Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

And the member’s tree that added this document as viewed below was “Added by Jerry” who seems to be my third cousin.

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Am I Related to “Added by”?

A new feature just recently added is; I can view my relationship to Jerry, and I could send him a message

Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

Here is another example; Taylor Power, whom I am not aware of but is connected to my tree and added by Rebecca. I will click on “View my relationship” to see how I am related.

Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

Let us see how I am related to Taylor Power. Well, as we see below, Taylor Powers is my Great Great Grandfathers Brother. That’s pretty cool I now have an extended family to add to my Family Tree.

Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

Next, I would like to see how I might be related to Rebecca. Remember, she is the person who added the photo of her Great Grandfather, and FamilySearch matched him to my Family Tree, and her photo shared on my homepage.

Let’s proceed and see how I am related to Rebecca. As we see below, Rebecca is my third cousin once removed. Also, I could send Rebecca a message because she added her email address.

Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

In the next photo, we see how Rebecca came to be my third cousin once removed and that Rebecca is my mother’s third cousin as their Great Grandfathers were brothers.

Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

FamilySearch’s – How am I Related to Other Users

With FamilySearch’s Family Tree, I have been able to see the source and usually the contributor’s ID number or name but normally not contact information.

With the new FamilySearch feature, I can now “Request to view Relationship” of the contributor if it has is not already enabled. I can also myself be a contributor by enabling the “Enable Relationship Viewing,” which allows others the opportunity to view who I am and send a message if they wish to make contact.

Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch
Who Are My Relatives - FamilySearch

The whole sharing aspect of FamilySearch is appealing; I love it. I can share my findings and corrections with others, and they with me. I do have to be careful when making corrections to someone else’s information and make sure to identify the proper source and why I feel my information is correct. It works great, and the give and take are pretty cool.

I would encourage you to try it out for yourself, remember FamilySearch is free to all, and the possibilities for success are enormous.

So, try opting in and give it a whirl! You have nothing to lose only gain.

Hey! Please let me know your experience with FamilySearch, and if you have any questions, let me know as well.

Kindest Regards


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