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Find Matches In Your Family Tree

Posted by Sean Daly on Dec 2, 2021

Premium members: Learn how to use Geneanet’s two matching features to grow your tree!

Geneanet offers a full tree matching feature for Premium members which can help you locate source documents as well as other trees with the same individuals. And automatic matching as you work on your tree will point you to possible matches for an individual, a time-saving shortcut compared to full tree matching. Learn how to grow your tree with matched documents and sources!

Go to the Search menu and select Match Your Family Tree.

Depending on the size of your tree, this may take some time. You can switch away to a different window and work on something else; you will be notified on the Geneanet site when the matching activity has completed.

When the results are in, look at the list for interesting matches. Premium members will see full names of the individual and spouse if any as well as the place and date if known; free members will see an individual’s last name, place, and date.

Note that matches are not always available! The algorithm will do the best it can with the individuals already indexed. Here, a possible father was found.

It turns out this match has the bride’s father listed in a marriage record. The source is Geneanet partner FamilySearch. However, on the bottom, the system adds: We have found additional information about this family with a View Matches button.

Bingo! At least three children of this couple have been found. Check them out!

Your tree may tell you that automatic matching has found possible ancestors:

This time, there are both ancestry and marriage matches:

This marriage transcription has a surprise: a German couple who married in Paris. As always, it is preferable to look at the actual source document. Use the Search the original record button to do so.

Geneanet will list links to the source documents hosted either by the site, by a partner site, or by the original archives. Before checking each one, review what you know about the individual. In this case, we have the exact date of the marriage, so we have a good idea which archival register to inspect first.

The source document is available online from the Paris archives. That site offers tools to help you inspect the document; you may wish to just download the file and crop the certificate part. Be sure to reference the document information in your tree, so you or other genealogists can locate the original easily! This marriage register lists the parents of the bride and groom – new names for the family tree!

Sometimes, an individual will match in another Geneanet member’s tree – there are over 1.5 million trees! This can be exciting, as you may break through a brick wall with lots of new information. But be prudent – is the tree well-documented? Does our new consistency checker mention anything bizarre such as siblings born within a few months of each other? A bit of effort in verifying information goes a long way in peace of mind!

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