I saw this on FamilySearch today – Going Beyond Birth and Death Dates in Family Tree: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/going-beyond-birth-dates/. This hits home to me. These aren’t faceless people in my tree; they have stories – some good, some bad, some sad. They are individuals who faced trials and tribulations; sometimes they prevailed and other times they didn’t. We have heroes and villains in our tree. At times, you may think someone is a hero only to find out they were a villain. In other cases, someone you thought was a villain turned out to be a hero.
One of the most rewarding parts of doing family history is discovering the stories of ancestors. The next most rewarding thing is having the chance to share those stories with others. What unique details make up your ancestors’ stories? Did your ancestors come from a noble or titled family? Did they leave one country and start a new life in another? Was an ancestor married or never married?
As you search through historical records, it can be easy to focus mostly on vital information, such as dates, locations, and relationships. While these are important parts of an ancestor’s story, records may hold other rich details as well. Is there a place on FamilySearch.org to record these details, so they don’t stay hidden in an attached source? Absolutely!
When working on an ancestor’s profile in Family Tree, you can add events and facts to both individuals and relationships to help fellow FamilySearch users understand more about your shared ancestors. These facts and events give other people a helpful overview of that ancestor’s life, with more of the rich details included. You’ll find this feature in multiple places.
The Other Information section for each of your ancestors has a place to add many fun and important details, such as occupation, title of nobility, and military service. To find this section, navigate to your ancestor’s profile. The page should automatically open on the Details tab. If not, be sure to select Details from the options beneath your ancestor’s name.
From there, scroll down until you find the Other Information box. To add an event or fact here, select Add Information at the top. In the mobile Family Tree app, simply tap on an ancestor in the tree, and then tap the green plus sign.
Recently two new items were added to the list that pops up: “Immigration” and “No Couple Relationship.” This kind of information helps others who may be researching your ancestor and can prevent the wrong individuals from being attached as family members. This information can also help someone distinguish between two people with the same name in Family Tree.
Here are examples of the events and facts you can add in the Other Information section:
- Bar Mitzvah
- Military Service
- Title of Nobility
- Religious Affiliation
- Custom Event
- Caste Name
- Clan Name
- National Identification
- National Origin
- No Couple Relationships
- No Children
- Physical Description
- Tribe Name
- Custom Fact
You can also add important facts and events when working on relationships in Family Tree. For example, when you add a child to your ancestor’s page, you can mark the relationship as adoptive, biological, foster, guardian, or step.