FamilySearch has redesigned its person page to be more readable and interactive. It also has new tab that can help you make quick discoveries about your ancestor.

The About tab, located near the top of the page, is something like a get-to-know-you page for your ancestor.


If you only have 5-10 minutes to explore your family history, this is where you’ll want to spend it. This tab summarizes important and interesting information about your ancestors and is meant to help you get to know them quickly. (Note, this tab is just for exploring information. For building or editing your ancestor’s history, you’ll want to spend more time with the Details, Sources, and Memories tabs.)

The following features appear here (if available), including the following:

  • Life Summary—A snapshot of your ancestor’s life, including information about important life events and where that ancestor lived. This summary pulls from the information in your ancestor’s other tabs and will always update when changes are made.
  • Time Line—A fun look at your ancestor’s life against the backdrop of history and world events.


  • Name Meaning—A brief history and description of your ancestor’s given name and surname. Here you can learn where the names come from and any meanings that might be attached to them, if that information is available in FamilySearch’s database.
  • Story Highlight—An excerpt from one of the stories uploaded to your ancestor’s Memories gallery.
  • Activities—Links to fun activities that could lead to new and fascinating discoveries about your ancestor.
  • Family Overviews—Quick summaries of your ancestor’s family, including spouses, children, parents, and siblings. (Keep in mind that this isn’t the place for editing or adding information. If that’s what you’re trying to do, you’ll want to visit the Details tab, at the top of the page.)


Note: If you can’t see the new design, don’t worry. The update is being turned on gradually.

Learn more about this page in the article “Your Ancestors Have a New Person Page! Come Try It Out.



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