Search through your Family Tree
Is there a way to search your own family tree to find a person or name? I have added, I have an idea which side of the family tree, and the branch, but searching through the 15 children and then their 15 children is rather tedious.
If not a suggestion would be to be able to search through your own tree to find that relation.
Because FamilySearch Family Tree is all one tree, there is no "your" tree here and descendancies of your ancestors can be huge (hundreds of thousands of profiles). So, the method I use is as follows:
- On the web interface (not mobile app) go to the profile of whoever you think is the most recent common ancestor.
- View their descendancy tree.
- In the upper right corner of the tree viewer use the options menu to expand the descendancy tree to 4 generations.
- Expand additional generations by hand by clicking the arrow beside each name. Click the arrow also to collapse (close) unwanted branches.
- Use your web browser's page search tool to search for the person you hope to find in that part of the tree.
- If you will be searching for many names, or you need to break off from the task, use your browser print function to print to a PDF file, open the file in a PDF viewer, and search there. The tree view will time out and revert to its initial condition after some duration of inactivity, so printing to PDF saves your work.
Another solution is to import "your" portion of the FamilySearch Family Tree into a program such as either Ancestral Quest or RootsMagic. Those programs (especially the first) let you specify how many generations (from you) to import from FamilySearch, as well as whether to include siblings, cousins, grandchildren etc of each of your direct-line ancestors. Then just use the program you choose, to search for the name(s) that you are related to, without having to search the entire global Family Tree.
Those programs cost money, but are available at any FamilySearch Center (or may still be called Family History Centers) without cost to you while you are there. Just remember to bring a flash drive to save your data file, because it could take a few hours to import, depending on how many generations you specify.1
The last descendancy tree I exported, 9 generations, took a few weeks.0
Thank you all for the new information, and new database sites. I am most appreciative as I do the journey back into time.1