Monday, August 15, 2022

Findmypast Announces TreeSearch to Enrich Your Family Tree

 I received this information from Findmypast today:



  • Major new update on Findmypast enables members to search for ancestors in other members’ family trees
  • Tree Search unlocks a treasure trove of new data, with over 420 million connections in 4.5 million trees waiting to be discovered
  •  Members can quickly and easily grow their trees by adding common ancestors and discovering new connections
  • Only deceased ancestors can be searched using this new feature

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has launched Tree Search, a new feature which gives members the ability to instantly discover ancestors, connections and stories in other members’ family trees.

Now available to all members to explore, 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 than ever before.

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 already blooming family trees.

Members can find new cuttings to add to their own trees by heading to their family tree, choosing an ancestor, and then ‘Search Trees’. The clever technology pre-fills details to help you find ancestors in other trees faster. After only a few clicks, you can merge the exciting new finds to your own tree. Or, members can search for ancestors, famous faces and other people of interest via the Tree Search page.

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 this 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.

Chris Brake, Head of Data Products at Findmypast said; ‘This is a huge new development for the Findmypast community, unlocking a treasure trove of new possibilities for our members, along with the opportunity to make life-changing connections. This update marks the beginning of an exciting new era at Findmypast: it’s never been easier to discover your own family story with us, and if you’ve not tried Findmypast yet, now is the perfect time to start. In time, even more will be possible with Tree Search.’


I clicked on the link, and after signing in to Findmypast, I saw my family tree, and scrolled to my 2nd great-grandfather, James Richman (1821-1912):

I clicked on the box for James Richman and the panel opened on the left:

In the panel on the left of the screen is a box to "Search trees."  I clicked on that and saw that there were two other Findmypast trees with information about a James Richman:

The first one is the same person, but "Richmond" instead of "Richman."  Clicking on the match using the "View person" link, I see that the other tree has no further information about children of James Richman.  The "View person" link also has a link to "Message tree owner."

If there was useful information about James Richman in the other tree, I could click on the "Add their family members" in the left-hand panel.  I didn't do that in this instance since my tree has more information in it than the other tree.


Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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