TreeSeek, a FamilySearch Affiliate, introduces a new tracking feature that is now available for FamilySearch’s Family Tree. This feature is called the Source Tracker. It allows you to see which ancestors from the Family Tree have U.S. census records attached. It also shows you which census records are missing for an ancestor and helps you locate them within the census data sets.
To get to the Source Tracker:
- Go to CreateFan.com
- Click the Login now to create your chart button
- Log in using your FamilySearch account information.
- Click the button for the Source Tracker option
- Click Create Charts button
Source Tracker will pull individuals from your Family Tree who lived from 1790 to 1940. These are the years for which the United States Federal Census records are available, with the exception of the 1890 census, which was destroyed in 1921.
- If you click on the blue name (1) on the left of the screen, you will be taken to the individual’s personal page on Family Tree.
- The magnifying glass (2) indicates that the person does not have a census record for that specific year attached to his/her sources. Click on the magnifying glass and FamilySearch will display the census records with the closest match to the information from your ancestor’s personal page.
- The check mark (3) indicates that this person has a census record for that specific year attached to his or her sources. If you click on the arrow, you will see the image of the census record in which your ancestor appears.