Question: We’ve found a couple of potential cousins and would like to share our family tree. We’d like to know how to do this.
Answer: Great question! Sharing your tree, either private or public, with relatives who are not on Ancestry.com allows you to share your finds and maybe it will be a great trigger for others to help you uncover my stories and information.
You can find the link to share your tree when you are on the tree viewer. Click on the link Tree pages and then on Share you tree on the bottom of the drop down.
You will see a dialog pop up allowing you to share your tree either by their username on Ancestry.com or to their email address. Let’s share to an email address.
Notice that you can choose 3 roles for your invitee:
- Guest – this allows the invitee to view your tree, but not add to it or change it.
- Contributor – this allows the invitee to view and add to your tree.
- Editor – this allows the invitee to view, add and change your tree.
Choose carefully! If someone changes your tree and you aren’t happy with it, there is no undo button. The default roll is Guest.
Your invitee will receive an email that allows them to click through to your tree:
Your new collaborator will be asked to create a new free account. Make sure you tell them to use the address you sent it to!
They will then have a free account:
And when they are on Ancestry.com, they will see the tree you shared in their family tree list:
As they examine your tree, they will see your name and their role at the top of the page:
If you would like to change the role you initially gave them, under Tree pages, choose Tree Settings:
You can change their role, allow them to see living people (not the default) or just remove permissions all together.
So if you find that new distant cousin through AncestryDNA or some other means, share what you have and maybe you’ll learn something new!
About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.