Find an Ancestor To Research Using the Task Button in Your Family Tree App

You may have used the Ordinance Ready button to find an ancestor to research within your Family Tree App. But did you know there is another way?

It’s the Task Button!

It is the second button at the bottom of your screen when you open the Family Search – Family Tree app.

The Task button will bring up a list of names, and each of the names will have a different colored circle next to it. These circles indicate where each ancestor is on the path to temple readiness!

This system gives you a good idea of how much more research you need to do to prepare each name.

Heather and David are here with Amy to learn more:

TEGM with Heather and David: The Task Button

Other Fun Tips From the Video:

View My Relationship

Wondering how you’re related to some of the names in your list?

From the person’s page, tap the three dots in the upper right corner and select View My Relationship.

This will pull up a tree to show you exactly how you’re related!


On the person’s page, there will be a tab that says “Sources”. This is where you will find all the records that are already attached to your ancestor.

You want to check for the BMDs – Birth, Marriage, and Death Records. More info on that here.

Record Hints

The blue circle icon means your ancestor has a record hint!

That means the system has identified a record in the database that could be a match for your ancestor. But YOU need to verify the information to find out if it is a match. If it is, you get to attach the record!

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn! Open your Family Tree app, click on the Task Button, and select an ancestor to research!

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