What do the letters and numbers by the names mean? example GQCV-LTW
I searched for ancestors before and I got their names an some code after their names. Can I use this code to find them?
What are ID numbers used for in Family Tree?
April 20, 2020
An ID number (identification number) is a string of letters and numbers that uniquely identifies a record in Family Tree. ID numbers consist of 4 characters, a hyphen, and 3 more characters. For example: K8LL-TGB. Family Tree ID numbers never contain these letters: A, E, I, O.
An ID number:
- Shows on all tree views, on person cards, and on the Person page
- Usually appears near the person's name
- Is automatically assigned when a new record is created
- Does not provide information about the person or the source of the information
- Does not change for a given record
In Family Tree, you can use the ID number to:
- Find records of deceased people.
- Find records of living people, if you added them. The records of living people are only searchable to the person who added them.
- Find the record of a deleted person and restore it if necessary.
- Link a deceased individual into a family tree.
- Merge records by ID number if you know the ID number of a duplicate. Both records must show as deceased.
- If you see the message that an ID number is invalid, it is no longer assigned to a record.
- When you search by ID number, you can enter the number in lowercase letters, with or without the hyphen.
- When you add a living person in your private spaces area, a unique ID is created. When another patron adds the same living person in his or her private spaces area, a different ID number is created.
- You cannot merge the records of a living person in your private spaces with the same living person in another patron's private spaces. You can merge records of a living person only if both records are in your private spaces.
The letters and numbers such as GQCV-LTW is an Identification number (ID). It uniquely identifies a person in Family Tree.
The ID appears near the person's name and is automatically assigned when a new record for a person is created in the Family Tree.
If you want to identify one of your ancestors while chatting to someone else use the ID as it is unique.
You can use the ID to find people:
Find option - When you are signed into FamilySearch and click on Family Tree you can click Find. Click on the Find by ID tab. Enter the ID and click FIND to go straight to your person.
Another way which I like is the Recents option:
Recents option - When you are signed into FamilySearch and click on Family Tree you can click Recents. Enter the ID in the box up the top and click GO.
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