Last week at RootsTech 2019, Ancestry.com announced three new exciting tools genealogy researchers can use in their research: MyTree Tags, ThruLines and improved DNA matches. These are all still in beta. Try them out and see what you like and what you don’t like.
Ancestry welcomes your feedback as they put the finishing touches on these tools.
In this post I want to focus on the MyTree Tags tool which I was immediately drawn to. With MyTree Tags, Ancestry.com has given users the ability to tag (or label) individual ancestors for better organization and genealogy research project management.
I’m all about genealogy organization and better project management.
Consider this example: I want to add an ancestor to my family tree. While I’m not 100% sure that ancestor really is a GGGG grandfather, but I’m pretty sure. Now I can add a tag “Hypothesis” or “Unverified” to that ancestor. Those tags allow me to continue to research and work on that ancestor without worrying the information will mistaken for a verified ancestor.
Let’s take a step by step look at how to use the MyTree Tags tool.
Before you start using MyTree Tags, you will need to enable them on your tree at Ancestry.com.
- From your Ancestry.com homepage, click on “Extras” in the very top menu.
- From the drop down menu click “Ancestry Labs“.
- Click the “Enable” on MyTree Tags. (While you are there, you can go ahead and enable the New & Improved DNA matches, too.)
You are all set to go!
How To Use the MyTree Tags Feature
1.Go to the profile page of the ancestor you are researching or interested in tagging. In this example, I am using the profile for my 5th Great grandfather James Harward.
2. Click on that little blue tag button under the vital information. You will see a new workspace open up on the right side of the page. In this workspace, you can easily toggle between MyTree Tags, Notes and Comments. For now, stay on MyTree Tags.
3. Under MyTree Tags you can choose one or more tags (or labels) to add to that ancestor. You will find pre-set tags already suggested for under the categories of DNA tags, Reference tags, and Research Tags. [I shudder to think how many “Brick Wall” ancestors I need to tag!]
Click on the “?” for more information on a particular tag’s description.
Here I’ve tagged James Harward as “Military Service”. Going forward I can search my tree tags for “Military Service” and find all ancestors tagged as such.
4. You as the researcher also have the ability to create a custom tag if one of the pre-set tags does not meet your needs.
I’m looking forward to using the MyTree Tags going forward. Share your experiences with MyTree Tags in the comments.
Other Articles of Interest:
- How to Analyze Your Ancestor’s Birth Certificate
- Searching For Ancestors in the Catholic Heritage Archive
- How To Use WorldCat For Your Genealogy Research
Pin For Future Reference!