I saw this a couple of days ago on FamilySearch – FamilySearch Person Pages: Summaries of Your Ancestors’ Lives June 12, 2019: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-person-pages/.
FamilySearch.org is home to the world’s largest online family tree, and it contains records for over one billion people. Discover more about your own relatives—or add to what is already known about them—by exploring their individual pages.
What Is a FamilySearch Person Page?
A person page is a summary of all known biographical and genealogical information about one person. Pages for deceased persons are public and can be viewed or altered by anyone; however, the pages of living people are private to the user who created them.
Public person pages are a wealth of collaborative knowledge for a person’s descendants. FamilySearch users add what they know, attach historical records as evidence, and connect these pages to the pages of that person’s parents, spouses, siblings, and children.
For example, let’s say that a descendant created a person page for her second-great-grandfather Charles William Dalby Clark, but only knew his name and christening details. Later on, another descendant found this page, uploaded a photo, and connected William to his spouse, Elizabeth Warrick. A third person entered death data transcribed from a tombstone and created person pages for several of their children.
As FamilySearch users pool their knowledge, these pages reveal the stories of our ancestors’ lives and their family relationships. This collaborative effort helps everyone share, discover, and preserve their interconnected family history.
How to Find a Relative’s Person Page
The FamilySearch Family Tree doesn’t contain person pages for every deceased person, but it’s worth searching the more than 1.2 billion person pages that have been created.
If you are already connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree, you may find a relative in the tree view. Sign in with your free user account, and choose the Tree tab. Then navigate through your ancestry until you know where your relative’s information should be. If you find the person’s name, click it, then click Person to go to the page about that person.
If you can’t easily find a certain relative in the tree, or you’re not yet connected to someone in the tree, you mayalso run a search for existing person pages. In the menu at the top of the page, click Family Tree, and then click Find. In the search boxes, enter what you know about the person. Then click Find.
You may see multiple search results for person pages with information similar to what you entered. Carefully review potential matches . It’s possible that more than one person page has been created for your relative. (If you are confident that there are duplicates, you may merge the pages). It’s also possible that a page has not been created for your relative. If that’s the case, you may want to add one.
What You Can Do on a FamilySearch Person Page
Your deceased relatives’ person pages are your portal to learning more about them and to contributing what you may know. The top part of a person page looks like this:
- In the name banner, you can do the following:
- Add or change the portrait photo.
- View the full name and birth and death dates (if known).
- See the unique person ID attached to this person’s page.
- On the right side of the banner, you can click to view the person within the tree, choose to watch this page for updates, and see how you’re related to this person.
- The details view appears when you first open a person page.
- Open the Life Sketch section to see if someone has written a sketch (or to write one yourself).
- In the Vitals section, view or edit the person’s name, sex, and birth and death details.
- Open the Other Information section to see additional details, such as where the person lived.
- Along the right side, you may see research help suggestions to guide your next discoveries. Below these, you can search for records on FamilySearch.org and other websites.
- The Latest Changes section summarizes updates to this person page by other FamilySearch users.
- Below the banner, four additional tabs give you opportunities to discover or add more information about this person’s life:
- Time Line—See how this person’s life unfolded chronologically, or view the person’s movements on a map. Use this view to write a biographical sketch of an ancestor. Read more ideas for using the timeline.
- Sources—Explore records that have been attached to this ancestor. Verify genealogical details, and look for additional clues.
- Collaborate—Read notes from other FamilySearch users (or write your own notes for others).
- Memories—View or contribute photos, documents, stories, or audio files about this person’s life.
Here’s what the bottom part of a person’s page looks like:
- The Family Members section lets you view and edit this person’s family relationships. Use this section to navigate to person pages for other relatives or to help you write this person’s life story. (For example, this view might lead you to write, “Over the course of 20 years, Charles and Elizabeth had seven children, six of whom lived to adulthood.”)
- On the right side, additional tools help you merge duplicate person pages, report abuse of the FamilySearch user code of conduct, and print family tree data.