Find My Past Family Tree release 32

We rolled out another release this week for the findmypast ( family tree. Still much of the work within the team has been around some big ticket items that will be released fairly soon, but we still make time to include a few new treats and to pick up some of the minor bugs that squeeze into the code.

The highlights for this release were:

  1. Kinship calculator, see
  2. Fact type usage report, see
  3. GEDCOM import improvements, both for performance, quality and people limit increased to 90k.

Other fixes

These are the bugs that have been fixed in the last two releases.

  • Tree menu displays only link to current tree
  • Tree menu was including shared trees
  • Option to remove a shared tree for their tree list not working
  • Option to block someone from viewing their tree when public not working
  • Filter on media pages only filters on starting with
  • The master source edit modal has display error
  • Custom facts does not display on the time line when selected to do so.
  • Unable to delete unused custom facts
  • Unable to save changes made to Custom facts from the facts list page
  • Filter function in source repository list is not working
  • Settings page will not load when last viewed person does not exist
  • Repositories list not showing new UI format
  • Repositories list not showing web address as link
  • Delete Note confirmation modal font display
  • Deleting person from pedigree view breaks the entire tree
  • Modal responsive height bug – edit master sources page
  • Settings page should indicate making tree public not keeping tree public
  • Show living should be disabled and defaulted to No when tree is public
  • List pages should not show Results per page option when no results
  • GEDCOM import was allowing person to be imported when no name was present
  • GEDCOM imports that had failed have all been reprocessed and completed
  • GEDCOM import was allowing invalid family facts to be created as custom person fact
  • Design improvement to tree list
  • Design improvement to shared tree navigation
  • Minor design change to implement FMP theme brand colours
  • Minor design change to top navigation to standardise clickable areas
  • Improve performance of tree navigation results
  • Improve performance of getting content (notes, sources, etc.)
  • Improve performance of getting media (images, etc.)

As always, we will continue to evolve the tree in the direction you guide us. If you want to have your say, then please visit



Fact Type Usage Report

Trying to figure out where a particular fact type has been used?

tree settings page shopwing drop down

Up till now in your family tree on findmypast ( you could only find out how many usages of a fact type there were in your tree. To get to this detail, you had to look up the Fact Type report from the Settings option.

fact type report sorted by usage

But now the usage column has been changed from a static link, into a link through to a new report, the Fact Type Usage report, where it will show all the people who have a particular fact. This report is still evolving, and will soon allow you to edit or delete the fact, or jump to the person or persons to whom the fact is linked.

fact type usage person fact

fact type usage family fact

You can even filter this list based on the surname of either person.

fact type usage filtered

This really is great for helping you identify where data is being used and to clear up mistakes or formatting or just to reconcile your work. And there are more reports and report enhancements coming which will allow you to better manage the research and information you store.

Thanks for reading this article.


Kinship calculator

Ever wondered what the relationship is between two people in your tree? Or have you tried to work out the common ancestor between two distant relatives? Wonder no more.


In your family tree on findmypast (, on the Profile Overview page for the focus person, at the top of the Relations section, is the button link that will open up the kinship calculator. The root person for the calculator will be the person who was the focus of the profile you came from, and so you only need to use the auto suggest person selector to choose the target person.


Select this person, and it will tell you the relationship is they have a common ancestor within 10 generations either from their blood line or via marriage.


If the description of the relationship is different, such as father and daughter, then the calculator will explain both.


If the description of the relationship is the same, such as 1st cousin, then the calculator will only show it once.


If the common ancestor is through a marriage, and not a direct relationship like aunt or uncle, then the -in law suffix will appear, such as 3rd great grandfather-in law. There is no common ancestor in this situation.

Where a relationship does exist, it will identify the common ancestor. This is the person from whom both the focus and target person descend. Note, it is possible that the common ancestor is actually one of the two people in the calculation, and this will be described.


Where a relationship does not exist, such that the two people do not share a common ancestor or are not linked to a common ancestor through a single marriage, then the calculator will explain this.

It’s simple to use and great fun to play around with. Why not give it a go today?

Special thanks to my 10 year old daughter, Iona, for showing me how to screenshot and edit images on the iPad, for which this my first attempt to post from.

More news coming following another release of updates today.

cheers Phil