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How to Use Your Findmypast Family Tree: Hints

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21 December 2017

Hints search records to help you discover your ancestors' unique stories. Here's how to use them

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What is a Hint?

A hint is a representation of a possible match in our records to the people on your tree. When a new person is added to your tree, hints will search our birth, marriage, death, parish, census, military and newspaper records, and come up with as many potential matches for that person as possible.

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Hints appear on your tree as little orange bubbles

How Can I View Hints?

When a new family member is added to your tree or more details are added or amended to an existing member, a little orange bubble with a number in it might pop up on the top right corner of that family member on your tree. The number represents the amount of records found that could be related to your ancestor.

There is also a button located at the top of the tree that provides a view of all the hints currently on your tree. This is useful if you want to sift through all the hints at once instead of clicking on each individual family member to then review them.

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Hint Locations

Reviewing & Rejecting Hints

We give you the option to review or reject the suggested record matches. If the hints provide a record that could match your ancestor, review the record to see its details. From there you can decide if the record is or is not your ancestor. If it is NOT your ancestor, you can reject the record. If it IS your ancestor, you can add the information to your ancestor's profile using the merging tool. If you are not sure the record is correct or not, there is a 'Maybe' option which will allow you to review the hint again later.

Your Step-by-Step Guide

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Review and Rejecting Hints

How to Merge Hint Information

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Merging Hints

The 'Maybe' Hint

One choice you have when reviewing your hints is to click 'Maybe' and review the hint later. Let's pretend it is
later and you want to look at the hint you saved. Go to your family tree and click the orange bubble at the top that says 'My Hints.' On the top right, there's a drop down menu that says 'New' – click that and then click 'Maybe.' You can also view all the hints you have accepted and rejected as well as all new hints.

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Maybe Hint

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