Can you search for a specific person in your family tree (not the entire global tree) but only those with relationship to you?
@Jenny R. Law
In family search select ( Find ) . In the page titled ( A Family Tree for the Human Family ) fill in the form with as much of the information that you know about the person you are looking for. If the list of names that appears includes the one that you are looking for select that name and you will see what has been entered in the tree about them and their family.
Yes. We tried this method. Unfortunately the person's name is very common and the results was enormous. It would take hours to click on each one and verify the relationship. The Patron tried the first 10 with no luck of relationship and was discouraged.
Is there another way?
Another way that you can try is to assume that the person is not in the family search tree and add that person. If that creates a duplicate you can merge them.
Where would you add this person. Usually when you add people you would add them to parents. But in our case we are just trying to find a person we know is our relative but not sure exactly where they are on our tree.
That all depends on whether the person is already attached to some one in the tree. If he is attched you click on (View My Relationship). If he is not attached you click on (Recents). Scroll to the bottom of the list and click on (Add Unconnected Person).
Unfortunately the very cool & needed option you are asking for has not been implemented yet. FamilySearch could implement that without too much hassle/overhead. Some FamilySearch users think it would cost way too much overhead, but I don't. I assume its on FamilySearch Engineering's to-do list, but may be more of their wish list.
In the meantime, a much more hassle-deep workaround for you to do, would be to import your FamilySearch relatives (up to 15 generations back) into a program like Ancestral Quest or RootsMagic. Then any name you search for in that program will be your relative.