Record Hints: A Quick Way to Add to Your Family History – FamilySearch June 14, 2019

I am going to start this post with a huge DISCLAIMER – you can’t trust any website or personal research you do to 100% accurate. In fact, the more generations you go back, the more likely you will have errors. I have seen plenty of people on sites like Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, and WikiTree claim to have gone back so far (Charlemagne, Moses, Noah, Adam) and they are 100% certain the information is completely accurate and error-free. They ignore the records that far back are often missing, or worse, made up. Many Charlemagne trees were created long ago by people, often nobles or noble wannabes who hired or coerced genealogists into creating “proof” the person was related to Charlemagne. The above also ignores the number of Non-Parental Events (NPEs) that would have happened along the way. Cases where the mother and/or father were not the biological parent(s) of an ancestor.

No doubt some will try and tell me they have lots of proof that they can link to any of the above individuals.

On the article, I am skipping the first article that links to the full article and only including the information from the full article –

Whether you’re just getting started with family history or you’ve been doing it for years, the Record Hints feature on the FamilySearch Family Tree offers a quick way to add to your family history. Hints often lead to new information that will help you identify, document, and get to know your ancestors.

What Are Record Hints?

The FamilySearch system constantly searches digitized, indexed records to identify records that may match records in the FamilySearch Family Tree. When a possible match is found, FamilySearch creates a record hint.

Record hints that match your family can provide new, important information about your ancestors, including the following:

  • Additional relationships
  • Additional events and facts
  • More correct dates
  • Name variations
  • More complete place-names

Where Can I Find Record Hints?

You will know that there is a record hint when you see a small blue box or icon to the right of a person’s name in the Family Tree.

You can also find record hints in the Recommended Tasks section of the landing page when you sign in to or on the Family Tree mobile app when you click the checkmark at the bottom of the screen, which opens the Ancestors with Tasks page.


About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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