to Add “Hints”

FamilySearch will soon release a feature called “hinting.” With this tool, the site will automatically search for records that match people in your family tree. When you go to an ancestor’s page, the web site will show you what it has found just for that person amongst the vast collections of records. FamilySearch does the searching, and finding, for you.

Of course, as always, it is up to the user to confirm whether or not the individual found is really the correct one.

You can read the details in an article by David Green in the FamilySearch Blog at


Sounds like what Ancestry has been doing for years with their little green leaves.


Let’s get back to the basics… what if some the initial information is not correct as so many of the family trees on ancestry are, but the individual who created the tree is positive theirs has to be right? You are correct, Dick, in that the researcher needs to determine if the proposed document is appropriate, but it is still a moot point if the initial information is not right. I’ll continue to shake my head, check the hints every now and again because there is a possibility they may be helpful, and not get “wowed over” by leaves and flags.


This seem to be such a good idea, but it can become an easy way for amateurs to screw up years of other people’s work, with just a few clicks. It’s already heading that way. I’ve just looked at a man with five wives, three sets of parents and 17 children, some born when he was 10 years old and some born two years after he died. I love FamilySearch but if they don’t do something to stop this, their great site will become unreliable. I like the way WikiTree makes the original poster an owner, and requires something like permission from them to add anything, but that works only when the original poster can still be contacted.


Recipe for disaster!


I tested and like the feature. But I understand that since this is beta, any results we find will not be permanent, so we will have to go through the exercise again, so I am not investing a lot of time with it. I did read that right, yes?


I can’t even correct a mistake I made when entering my data. It simply will not allow me to do this – or, at least everytime I try there is no option to correct my own database. Does anybody know a way to this?
Davine Roberts


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