Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Family Trees, Site Features

Have you ever found a person in your tree and asked yourself “how are we related”?  I know I have.  In fact, many of you have asked for something that would help you easily find an answer to that question and we’ve listened.

We’ve just added a new feature in your Member Tree that will allow you to view the relationship between you and a relative in your tree.  You can access this new feature by going to any person’s profile page in your family tree and clicking “View relationship to me”.

When you click on the link, a window will appear that shows how the person in your tree is related to you as well as the trail of people who helped create the connection.

Once you have selected to see how a person in your tree is related to you,  you’ll be able to see that relationship displayed below their name on their profile page.  You can also pull up the line of people that created the connection by clicking the “View relationship to me” link again.

Another noteworthy feature is that family members you’ve invited to your tree will see how they’re related to people in the shared tree. We calculate the relationship based on who “you” are in the tree which is sometimes different from the “home” person. If your relative looks at the tree and calculates a relationship, it will be based on who his relative is in the tree.

This new feature is a great tool that will allow you to relate more directly to the people in your tree by seeing how they are related to you.


Sally Massey 

Thank you this has made it so much easier.

October 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm
Tom Gregson 

Congratulations on this worthy initiative
It will certainly help me to clarify my relationship to many of my distant relatives.

October 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm
Chris Orpen 

Wonderful! Also helps to spot “broken links”.
Thanks very much.

October 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Judi Soutar 

This is brilliant. The other helpful thing is that you can highlight it and go to “FILE” COPY and then paste it into ANY document which saves hours of trying to sort out relationships when people send you queries.
Is there any chance you can come up with an EASY MERGE solution for those people who somehow get duplicated.

October 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Great feature, any chance that the relationship can be printed out on the overview page

October 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm