9    Aug 20141 comment

Genealogy Tips: ‘Trim’ your Family Tree

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of preserving your family history and documenting our family history discoveries.

We’re always eager to add new details, and sometimes forget to to look back at our previous entries and fill in the missing pieces of our research.

Here are a few tips to help “trim” and edit your family tree to make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest family information.

1. Merge Duplicates


Over time it’s possible that a person may be listed more than once in a family tree. With the Check for Duplicates feature in Family Tree Builder, it’s easy to run a duplicate check on your family tree. To use this feature, go to Tools and Check for Duplicates. You can then merge and edit those duplicates accordingly.

2. Enter Death Dates

There may be family tree profiles without any death dates even if those members are deceased. To avoid an unpleasant mention of an upcoming birthday of a deceased family member, update those dates in the family tree. Unsure of the exact date? Just add the year to their profile so they are not listed as “alive.”

3. Add New Additions


A new birth means a new addition to the family tree! Ask your family members if there were any new babies born who have not yet been entered into the family tree. Open the tree and click the plus sign next to the parent and choose to add a son or daughter. You can also use this feature to add any new marriages that have taken place.

Have any tips about “trimming” your family tree to keep it up-to-date? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. This 'trimming' needs to go on - on a regular basis - so it doesn't have to be done all at once. It's easy to let it go, then find out someone else is using your data also, and it may be wrong! Keep at it!

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