you can find anyone in the database using the FIND screen
yes . .. but its a very "slippery slope"
there could very easily be literally millions of people who are "related to me" in some form or another from me back 20 generations or so - and including spouse and descendants of all those people.
Contrasting to sites like "Ancestry" where you do very much have your "own tree database"
in Familysearch - there really is no boundary to "my tree" in that it is one single database we all share - and most people very literally have many millions of records interconnected with their direct line of descent.
But a few simple ways to see the main surnames in your tree include
1) looking at your line in pedigree view. and then doing the same thing for the people on the far right of your pedigree view. you should be able to go like 10 generations back on all lines - in a short period of time this way. and see all the surnames you directly descend from.
2) you can pick one of your ancestors and look at the descendant view and see if you see any given surname.
3) If there is a person you tend to think you may be related to - you can click the "view my relationship" link on their record - and if any relationship can be determined it will show.
The FAN CHART view is a very nice way to see the surnames of all your direct lines:
here is a fan chart for my father:
look at all the outerband - and you can easily compile a list of all surnames in your tree - back X genenerations
There are well OVER 1 Billion individuals/person in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'; and, MANY, Many, many, Records in 'FamilySearch'.
In relation to your question ...
IF, the 'Family Name' / 'Surname' is "Unique"; THEN, it may be possible.
Whereas, IF, the 'Family Name' / 'Surname' is NOT unique; THEN, would be quite difficult.
If, you are referring to "Records"; then, there is the 'Search', "Records", facility/feature/function in 'FamilySearch'
If, you are referring to the "Genealogies" part of 'FamilySearch'; then, there is the 'Search', "Genealogies" facility/feature/function in 'FamilySearch'
Whereas, like 'Dennis' has already suggested, if, you are referring to the more than 1 Billion individuals/persons in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'; then, there is the "Find", facility/feature/function in 'Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'
I hope this helps.
ps: if you are looking for a "One Name Study", this is NOT the place ...
Well, it’s obvious my question was poorly worded. I’ll try to do better. Let’s say I’m asked, “are you related to any Martins?” I’m not trying to find any/all Martins in the billions if database entries. “Related” to me means I can follow/draw a relationship line between me and individuals that appear on “my tree”.
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thanks! that's really helpful. cheers
I have not found a way
First of all, I don't know if you're THE John Stockton but regardless, GO JAZZ! And thank you for your question.
Contrary to most of the people who responded in this thread, I DON'T think you asked a dumb question. I imagine most people who use familysearch.org would want to search JUST their "little tree" at some point.
My siblings and I were talking about how it's super frustrating how you can't just search within the tree view. I had a suspicion the "well, this is a shared family tree so you'd be searching everything still" response would come up but I don't think that's an excuse to not improve the user experience.
I'm sure there's tons of people who want to just search for someone that's a direct line ancestor or search for someone within the first 5 generations, etc. Why not add a search bar within the tree viewing experience and allow it to search for near relatives using basic filters like "only search my direct line ancestors" or "only search ancestors within the first 5 generations". That way the user is much more likely to find what they're looking for rather than searching the whole database and having to sift through 50 people with the same name. And it would be a much more intuitive flow rather than having to leave the page you're on and feel completely disconnected from your tree. Plus, the connection could automatically be made (visually) between you and the ancestor you select in the search results without you having to sit there and push the little arrows on the right until you've gone back in time 200 years. Think about it. You only see your parents and grandparents by default. What if I wanted to look at my 6th great grandfather in the context of my tree? What if I could just search his name instead of having to sit there and click on those little arrows again and again?
I'm a product designer for The Church working on the Gospel Library app. I'd be happy to work together on a proof of concept if you guys are interested. Feel free to reach out to me directly.
First of all, alas, I'm not "THE" John Stockton but I was a huge fan.
My question was prompted by wanting to find someone without "having to sift through 50 people with the same name". I new already the person was related, I just couldn't remember which branch. Your ideas look great and I would be glad to seem more.
John, not that John, Stockto