Question: How can I tell how people are related to others in my tree?
Answer: Knowing who was related to whom can help you solve mysteries in your tree. First, let me show you how to see how everyone is related to you and then how to adjust for anyone in your tree.
When you are in the tree viewer, select Tree Settings from the Tree Pages menu.
You should then find yourself on the Tree Info tab of Tree Settings. Focus on the section on the right side. Setting yourself as the home person allows you to click on the home symbol in tree view and find yourself. Identifying Who you are in this tree tells Ancestry to show you your relationship to others in the tree.
If you don’t see your relationship to others on a profile view, make sure Who you are in this tree has been checked. Once that’s done, when I get to James Moore Hamrick’s profile page, I can see that he is my 4th-great-grandfather:
Sometimes when I am working on a specific ancestor, I may want to see how he or she is related to other people in my tree. I can do this by changing Who you are in this tree:
Choose whom you would like to see relationships for:
Now when I look at other people in my tree, I see their relationship to James Moore Hamrick:
Just don’t forget to change back to yourself so you don’t get confused!
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