The Relatives at RootsTech app on the FamilySearch website was activated on Friday for use by registrants for RootsTech Connect 2021. You do have to sign into the FamilySearch website to utilize the app:
1) After signing in, the page changes to tell me that I have 28,433 Relatives at RootsTech:
3) There are three tabs at the top of the left-hand column - for "Relatives by Location," "Search," and "Friends." There is a dropdown list on the left side of the screen under "Realtives at RootsTech," to choose a specific country - the default is "All countries." The list of relatives shows the first 300 of them. I have not found a way to see the other 28,133 of them except by choosing a country. My list for the USA has 27,488 relatives on it and I cannot see 27,188 of them.
4) This Relatives at RootsTech uses the FamilySearch Family Tree to estimate the relationships. As long as you have entered yourself and added your parents, grandparents and earlier generations to the Family Tree (at least to connect to profiles already in Family Tree), then you should receive Relatives. I believe that this app is "dynamic" meaning that if you add to it today, you should soon get relatives. Each relationship may be correct or wrong - it all depends on what you have added to Family Tree and what other contributors have added to Family Tree.
5) Each relative on the list shows a relationship, a birth state or country. For instance, my closest relative who has registered to use the app is a 4th cousin 1x removed from California, and there is a purple dot on the state or country to represent him on the map. If I click on his name, I see more options:
6) I wanted to "View Relationship" so I clicked on that:
I can click several times on the "Zoom In" plus sign in the upper right corner to see more detail. Here is the top of the chart above:
To get back to the list of Relatives, you have to use the arrow in the upper left of the chart screen.
6) I wanted to create a "Friends" list on the app, so I opened the "Search" link at the top of the list of Relatives. Who should I search for? I chose my friends at FamilySearch, genealogy bloggers, people I know, Facebook friends, etc. First, I wanted to search for David Rencher, the Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, so I guessed at the name he used:
We are 5th cousins 2x removed, with a common ancestor, according to the Family Tree, of Elizabeth Bloetgoet who had two different husbands. I think my line is correct back to Elizabeth, and I hope that David has the correct line back to Elizabeth. However, her marriage to Thomas Gach (my line) shows 9 children born between 1726 and 1743, and David's line with Elizabeth married to Elijah Carman shows children born in 1729, 1750, 1754 and 1768 (come on, them other is 66 years old!). Such is the situation sometimes with FamilySearch Family Tree!
7) I wanted to add David to my "Friends" list so I clicked on the "Add Friend" button and he was added. I clicked on the "Friends" tab at the top of the left-hand column and there he is:
8) This app works pretty well - I remember using it at RootsTech on my smart phone in 2018 and 2020 when I was in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. It worked well there also, but I never saved any of the relationships.
By the way, the app will work through 20 March 2021.
9) If you want to be my "Friend" at RootsTech, relative or not, please comment below with your Username or email me with it.
Disclosure: I am a RootsTech Connect 2021 Ambassador and have committed to providing regular publicity about the conference. I have received free registration, snacks, meals and other benefits from FamilySearch over the 11 years of RootsTech.
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