Thursday, February 18, 2016

Descendants With Tasks List on the FamilySearch Family Tree App for Android

Another cool feature of the Family Tree app for Android is the Descendants with Tasks list that you can get from any person page. Handy when you have a few idle minutes and want to use it doing something productive instead of staring out a window, or watching a stupid TV show, or playing a mindless game. (Although meaningful conversation with friends and family is also an excellent option).

Here's how it works.

Get the app from Google Play Store. Search for FamilySearch Tree and be sure it says FamilySearch International. Tap and download it. It's free. Launch it and sign in to your FamilySearch or LDS account. The app downloads 6 generations of your ancestors from FamilySearch Family Tree, if you have information there. If not, you can use Quick Start to get your ancestors into the app and start building your tree.

Well, using the app in general is not the purpose of this post. So, on to the Descendants with Tasks list.

From your pedigree view, tap one of your ancestors 3-6 generations away from you. The Details screen shows. Tap the three dots icon in the dark bar that has the ancestor name.

Tap Descendants with Tasks on the list that appears. The system searches three generations of descendants of the person. If you are LDS, you see the temple icon for those needing ordinances and a blue hints icon for those who have record hints. If you are non-LDS you see only the record hints.

This is much like the Ancestors with Record Hints list, but focused on the descendants of a specific ancestor. It shows you cousins as well as direct line people who have hints or need temple work. In other words, you'll see some duplication between the two lists.

Give it a try. I'm guessing that similar features are available for the app for iOS devices. But my phone and tablet are Android, so that's what I'm familiar with.

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