Findmypast Launches Record Hints for Members’ Family Trees

By Diane Haddad

Subscription genealogy website Findmypast has launched the beta version of record Hints for its members’ family trees.

Hints for an individual are activated when you add or update the person’s information in your Findmypast family tree. Hints will search the site’s record collections for matches to the person, then display the hint for you to accept, further consider, or reject.

“Hints currently provide matches from our birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records across the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia,” says Findmypast’s director of family history, D. Joshua Taylor. Other record sets will be included in the future.

Members will see the number of hints available for an ancestor in their family tree pedigree or family view (shown):

You can click on the orange My Hints button to see all your hints for this tree:

… or click on an ancestor and then on the Hints tab to see all hints for that person:

Click Review to compare the information from a Hint record to the information in your tree, and decide of they name the same person:

Then you can use the buttons at the bottom to reject the hint, continue considering it, or attach the record to the person in your tree.

Building a family tree is free on Findmypast, but you’d need a subscription to view most matching records in your Hints.

Taylor says that Hints, which is currently in beta, will appear gradually in Findmypast members’ trees over the coming weeks.

For help using hints, see the video and guide on Findmypast.