Try Ancestry.com's NEW MyTree Tags tool. Use tags (or labels) to improve your family tree organization and manage your genealogy research projects easier.
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How To Use Ancestry.com’s NEW MyTrees Tags Tool

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.

  1. From your Ancestry.com homepage, click on “Extras” in the very top menu.
  2. From the drop down menu click “Ancestry Labs“.
  3. Click the “Enable” on MyTree Tags. (While you are there, you can go ahead and enable the New & Improved DNA matches, too.)

 

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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. 

 

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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.

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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!]

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Click on the “?” for more information on a particular tag’s description.

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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.

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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.

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I’m looking forward to using the MyTree Tags going forward. Share your experiences with MyTree Tags in the comments. 

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24 Comments

    • LisaL

      Jean, MyTree tags would only help you find First Nations people that you have previously tagged as such. For instance, you add a person to your tree (or edit that person) and add a custom MyTree tag “First Nations”. In the future, when you are looking for all ancestors labeled as “First Nations” you can quickly and easily find them.

  • Debbie

    I love this new feature! I made custom tags for the different wars so at a glance I know which war they fought in. I also made a custom tag for my pilgrim ancestors. I suggested to Ancestry that it would be nice if we could do a search using these tags (I.e. show all Pilgrim ancestors, show everyone who fought in the Revolutionary War, etc).

    • LisaL

      I’ve been creating different tags for specific wars, too. It’s helpful to be able to go back pull just the ancestors for a specific war when I’m doing cluster research.

    • Grace Mason

      You can search by tags. When you have your tree on the screen, do a tree search. Click on filters and you can choose which tags to search by.

  • Sue

    I love the new Tree Tags and have created several new custom tags. I marked my direct ancestors with the provided tag. But I created a custom tag to rag my husband’s direct ancrstors. I also created tags for people I am corresponding with, those I have painted on DNAPainter and those included on my Leeds Method spreadsheet.

  • Martha Stevenson Wright

    I already love it! I, too, have made specific tags for the war service of my ancestors. I have also created more than one tag for some. My question, Lisa, is whether I am limited in the number of tags? I have tried to make more than two tags for one ancestor and am unable. Would that be a kink in the beta system, or might it be a rule – no more than two tags? I hope not!

  • Vickie Bartlett

    I love the Tree Tags. The only problem I can see, is when Tree Tags are enabled and by chance you view a tree of another person, when you try and chose to go to the home person, as set by the owner of the tree, you are prompted to make youself the home person or choose someone from their tree. Granted, sometimes the home person someone sets for their tree is interesting, that should still be your first option. Once Tree Tags are disabled, the prompt for the home person disappears nd you can go to the home person as set by the owner. I’ve been toggling back and forth having Tree Tags enabled/disabled. Did the survey multiple times to report it.

  • Shelly Tucker

    Are these custom tree tags visible to other researchers? I surely hope so, because I want them to be able to see which ones I question, so they won’t use the info! Thank you. And, thanks for the excellent explanation.

    • LisaL

      Currently MyTree Tags will not sync with Family Tree Maker. My understanding from the Ancestry folks at Rootstech is that is something they are working on.

  • Shane Hopkinson

    Great new feature – though you’d have to say its long overdue.

    My custom tags from ‘Down Under’ – “convict” of course – and as some said above I use pre-set ‘military’ but add custom tags for the details – WW1 WW2 etc.

  • Kayla

    I have been playing around with the MyTreeTags and I am sure how useful they will be. After tagging many of my ancestors, searched on them, then I wanted to print out the list and there is no way to print. With some changes they may be useful, but right now I’m not seeing it.

    • LisaL

      MyTree Tags are still in Beta with Ancestry, and you make a great point. I would encourage you to provide your feedback to Ancestry.

  • Taylor A Worthington Gilchrist

    I ran across the new tags on Ancestry last night and I wasn’t clear on how to use them so I didn’t mess with them. Thanks for explaining the value of using them. I have numerous brick wall ancestors. I also like the idea of tagging my DNA ancestors. Thank you Taylor

  • Jan

    I have enabled MyTreeTags under Extras, but when I click on creating a custom tag and type a Tag Name such as “Divorced” or any other entry and enter brief Tag Description, nothing happens. The tag is not saved and I see no way to save my entry. I tried pressing “Enter” after typing in tag name and description, nothing happens. What am I doing wrong?

    • LisaL

      Jan, I just tested out MyTreeTags and had no problem creating a tag. Make sure you are clicking the green “Create” button at the bottom of the page.

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