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Relative Finder

6 June 2016 1 Relative Finder

RelativeFinder.org is a great FREE program done by some BYU geniuses that can find all the relatives you have in FamilySearch.org Family Tree. Please play with it and show it to friends and family. It can really help those of us who have ancestors in FamilyTree to get more enthused about family history.

1. Log in with your FamilySearch.org (same as LDS.org) username and password.

2. At the top of the page it says Relatives, Groups, Connect and More. Click on Relatives and scroll down to see all the famous people listed.

3. Click on any one or more categories down the left side to see only people in those categories.

4. Many people are interested in all the Presidents they are related to. For this project you might show that category and if they have an impressive list, offer to print it.

Click on “Download CSV” (in the upper right corner)

Ciick on the download button on the bottom left of the screen and the current list will be moved into a spread sheet.
Different spread sheets will work a little different, but the first thing you will notice is that the name is only partly there.

1. In Excel you move the mouse to the top right side of column A and you get a cross with arrows on each side. Hold the left key of the mouse and pull the column to the correct width so see the whole names.

2. The “Distance” column shows how many generations back on your line until you reach a common ancestor and forward on the other person’s line to them. That one can be narrowed or with column “B” highlighted you can right click and delete.

3. The other columns can be deleted or adjusted.

4. When it looks like you want, go to file and print for a print preview.

5. On the print page for Excel you can see how many pages it is set to print and how the columns fit on the pages.

6. Adjustments can be made by changing to Landscape mode and using Scaling you can “Fit to Page”.

7. If needed you can only print one sheet.

8. Make sure to notice the printer it is targeting and follow print instructions.

Connect gives you the option of seeing how you are related to a person on another computer, sitting next to you or on the phone.

1. Click Connect.

2. Under “Start Session”, click “Create” and you will be given an ID number.

3. The second person goes into “Connect” and types the ID number in the “Join a Session” box and clicks on “Join” within a minute.

4. The two of you can then see all the ways you are related. Fun stuff!

6 June 2016 2 Relative Finder

Under the Groups tag you can set up a new group, join a group someone has set up or manage a group.

1. To Create a GROUP simply click on Group and then Create and fill in a Group name, password and description.

2. To invite others to join the GROUP tell them the group name and password.

3. To Join a Group you will need to search for the Group Name and then type in the password.

4. You only need the password when you first join the group. After that, you only need to click on the group name and you will have all members that are related to you in the list.

5. The more people in your group, the more relationships you will find.

For someone you are not related to, for example a missionary contact or investigator.
I have used this to find out where I am if I get lost in “Descendancy Research”

1. Create a new Group, name it something like ____’s Research.

2. Click on Group > Manage and View the name of your research group.

3. The first time you go in it will be empty, after you add names, it will only be the names you have added.

4. Toward the top left there are 2 buttons under “Add Deceased Person.”

5. Click on “SHOW”

6. Up will pop a dialog box for you to enter the PID of anyone who is in FamilyTree and has left this life. You can copy and paste from FT.

7. I often copy an extra space before or after the PID number and so a notice comes up that says “All PID’s are 8 characters”. All you need to do is click in the PID box and delete the space.

8. Click SEARCH and a message will come up saying “Found the Person!”

9. Click on “Add This Person”

10. To see the person’s name, you need to click the “refresh” symbol on the top left of the page by the “back arrow”

11. There are 5 columns,

a. Members Name
b. PID
c. View Deceased Report
d. View All Relations
e. Remove

12. The “Deceased Report” shows all the person’s relatives in FT.

13. The “All Relations” report shows all the ways the person is related to you.
While in the “Deceased Report” you may be able to find an interesting group of relatives to print off using the PRINT instructions above.