15 August 2022
A major new update from FindMyPast now allows members to search for ancestors in other members’ family trees.
Promising ‘instant connections’ and new discoveries, TreeSearch has over 420 million connections in 4.5 million trees waiting to be discovered.
Available to all FindMyPast members, the feature allows users to search other members’ trees to find ancestors in common, as well as merging these into their own tree to progress their research faster. New users will be able to rapidly start and grow their family tree, while experienced members will be able to enrich their family stories further, discover new connections, and validate their established family trees.
How does it work?
FindMyPast members can find new cuttings to add to their own trees by following the below steps:
1 Head to your family tree at FindMyPast, choose an ancestor, and then click ‘Search Trees’. The technology pre-fills details to help you find ancestors in other trees faster.
2 After a few clicks, you can merge the new finds to your own tree or search for ancestors, famous faces and other people of interest via the Tree Search page here.
3 You can also choose to contact a tree owner via Private Messaging to strike up a conversation about your shared ancestry.
Members can check they are opted into the TreeSearch feature by checking ‘share deceased ancestors’ under their family tree’s settings. Anyone who doesn’t wish for their deceased ancestors to appear in Tree Search can opt-out from their family tree settings at any time. Living relatives are not included in Tree Search; only those marked as deceased or over 110 years old are visible. FindMyPast members with any subscription or 14-day free trial will have full access to this new feature.
As with any shared family tree search feature, Family Tree recommend that you verify facts, names and dates before adding information from a third party to your own tree.
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