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Monday, December 21, 2020

Updates to the family tree has announced major updates to their online family tree. You can see all of the features of the Findmypast family tree in this article: "How to build your family tree with Findmypast." Some of the new features in the family tree include the following:

  •  The ability to view five full generations at once 
  •  The ability to zoom in and out on specific individuals or branches  
  •  The ability to easily return to a family tree's “Home” person by selecting the house icon 
  •  A sidebar menu allowing easier editing of ancestor profiles  
  • Highlighting “focus” individuals for easier navigation 

Two additional features newly announced tree-to-tree hints and the previously announced feature of private messaging. Here is a quote from the email announcement of these features.

Now live on both and, “Private Messages” enables any user who receives a tree-to-tree hint to privately message the owner of that tree to ask questions, discuss their research, share discoveries, family stories, photos and even connect with distant living relatives. As long as the other user accepts their message request, the pair can then communicate through Findmypast.  

Each user gets an inbox and, to initiate contact, users first need either take out a free trial or move to one of Findmypast’s Essential or Ulitmate subscription options.   

First launched on in September 2020, private messaging will offer unique benefits to North American researchers searching for ancestors in the British Isles. By having the ability to directly correspond with family historians on the other side of the Atlantic, US and Canadian family researchers now have the ability to benefit from their existing research, local and historical knowledge, as well as their proximity to key geographic locations.  

Today’s announcement marks the latest in a series of substantial updates to Findmypast’s online family tree builder, following significant investment in the development of new tools and features.  


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