FSFT – Adding Family Sources

FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) the massive online genealogy tree of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) has recently made it very easy to add sources to a whole family. You have been able to add sources to a single person for a long time but now if the record has other family members you can add most other people in the family. This system works for most census records from 1850 to 1940. I have also attached birth, marriage and death records that I found on FamilySearch.

In the example below, I searched for George Saxton in the 1860 census and found his family living in Wetherfield, NY. There is that BIG blue button in a prominent spot on top hoping you will attach it to people in FSFT. Adding sources will help to prove that the data for a person is correct. It also helps other researchers that might be looking for their family connections.


The next screen, below, shows the screen to attach the sources. I had already attached the census source to George so he shows as green colored background, but still had to attach other family members. As George and his wife, Hannah, were elderly, most of their children had left home. Their son, John, is still living with his parents. So I attached the source to both Hannah and John.


FSFT does a fairly good job of matching people to family members. Sometimes there will be bad spelling in the source that it cannot figure out. In that case, you can “drag” the person on the left up or down to match them to a person on the right. Notice that there are two people in the above census record that FSFT could not match to any family member. I know that Laura was the wife of John Saxton. I still have not figured out who Emily Saxton was. She wasn’t in any earlier census for the family.

Using the new source system you can add many family sources in just an hour. I also found some new family sources that I had missed before while adding the sources to my extended family. Having more sources will benefit everyone. Seeing as FSFT will be around in one form or another for a long time, you don’t have to worry that the sources that you add today will disappear in the future.