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Mobile Monday – MobileTree

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The following post continues the Mobile Monday Series reviewing various apps for mobile devices that help doing genealogy while you are on the go. If you haven't been following this series be sure to check previous posts:
Before I continue to review this app I need to make it very clear that this app will only work if you have a NEW.FAMILYSEARCH account. This is NOT the same as other FamilySearch accounts. For the time being, new.familysearch accounts are only applicable to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the time this website is in beta mode to the members only. I have heard of a couple people who are not LDS that have been given access to review and help with some technical aspects of it. Hopefully the website will be available to everyone shortly. But in the mean time, please do not download this app unless you have a new.familysearch account because it will NOT work for you. As soon as non-members receive access I, along with many others, will let you all know when you can get access and so you can download this great app.
MobileTree is a great app to access the new.familysearch database showing all your ancestors and family  within the database.
When you first start the application it asks for a username and password. This is your new.familysearch username and password. If you have not yet registered to new.familysearch, go to the homepage ( and click on "Register for the new FamilySearch". You will need your membership number and confirmation date. This can be obtained from your Ward Clerk.
Once you are logged in, it will bring you up as the Home Person. Since you are obviously living, the only event it will show is your birth. On this page it also shows your Person Identifier Number on the right-hand side below your name.
This is an example of what the "Person" screen looks like which will pull up with you when you first start the application. This is my great-grandfather and since he has passed away it shows more detail including LDS Ordinances and more Life Events.
By clicking on the arrow right below your name or your ancestor's name it brings up a little tab with four icons. The first icon is Map Events. All the events belonging to your ancestor will pull up with little pins on a map.
When you click on the pins they bring up the event.
The second icon on the tab is the Add to Favorites. You can add specific people to your favorites for easy access down the road. If you have an ancestor that is 4 or 5 generations back you don't have to go back generation by generation, instead you can add them as a favorite and have quick access.
Next you have the Media Center. When you click on that it brings up the following menu.
You can add photos, audio, movies, and notes. You can also browse all available media. If you have other family members and cousins who have added media, you can download it to your iPhone for easy access and sharing. It really becomes a great collaboration tool.
On the bottom of the screen is four other icons - Family, Pedigree, Search, and More.
The Family screen shows the spouse and children of who ever is in the Home position at the time. By clicking on someone else's name it moves them to the Home position so you can view and add media and view their Life Events.
The Pedigree screen shows the Home person, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. You can have a quick view to 4 generations on one screen. This screen gives basic birth and death information. It also shows each person's Personal Identifier Numbers. If you are unfamiliar with Person Identifier Numbers, they are unique numbers given to each person in the whole database. If makes if very easy to find someone in the database if you have their Person Identifier Number(PIN).
If you turn your iPhone on its side while in the Pedigree view the orientation will change and show more of a tree view rather than a list view the other screens show.
You can also search for anyone in the database. You can search by either name or the PIN number.
The More screen gives you options for login, favorites, FamilySearch Wiki, Wikipedia, and Google Search.
I find MobileTree to be a great app to hurry and look up an ancestor when I don't have access to a computer. There have been quite a few times I have been in the car with my grandpa talking about genealogy and it was so simple and fast to just find them in this app. If you are a member of the LDS church I highly recommend downloading this app. And if you are not a member, keep your eyes out for announcements of when newFamilySearch will be available to everyone.

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  1. Paid my money, spent 24 hours plus trying to sign up so I can logon, and have failed miserably. Unable to get a response from "Support".

    Bad press for the church I'm afraid, I feel deceived.

  2. Dear R,

    I am sorry you are having problems signing up with the and being able to access MobileTree. If you would like to contact me directly I would be happy to try and help you. Scroll up to the top of the page on my website ( and click on Contact. Please contact me through there if you would like some help.

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