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MyHeritage Tree

Goal 1: Navigate Your Tree

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Goal 1: Navigate your MyHeritage tree.Vault

Navigating your MyHeritage Tree is essential to finding ancestors, viewing and updating their information, and producing charts and reports.


A Move your screen view to see different ancestors.

Note : The Help window provides more information for many of these features. To access it, click the question mark icon (near the "Find a person" box). To close Help, click the icon again. (To close a personal information window, click the arrow in the upper right of the window.)


The default view for your tree is Family View. (Pedigree view is discussed in Choice D below.) Here are some of the essential tools for navigating your tree:

  1. Moving—Click and drag the mouse to see other part of your family tree. Or, click the arrows surrounding the House icon to move the view in small amounts. To center the view on the starting person, click the House icon (also helpful if the screen appears to be blank).
  2. Zoom—Drag the Zoom slider up to zoom in, or down to zoom out. You can also use the mouse wheel to zoom, or click the dots on the slider bar. (At the maximum zoom-out position, names are displayed only when you hover over a person card.)
  3. Radar—With the personal information window closed, click the Radar icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Then click an area of the Radar view to activate it, or drag the highlighted area in the Radar. This allows you to quickly move to other areas of your tree. To close the Radar view, click the close arrow in the upper right of the icon.
    Here is a sample Radar view:

  4. To center a person in the view, click the person's card. (Clicking a person card that is centered will open the person's Edit window.)
  5. To display the tree in full-screen view, click the four-arrow icon (upper right).
  6. To quickly find a person in your tree and center that person in the view,
    a) in the upper right click "Find a person";
    b) Type the name of the person to find; and
    c) Select the name from the drop-down list. If you are in Family View, the person is centered in the screen; if you are in Pedigree View (see Choice D below), the person becomes the first person at the left of the pedigree.
  7. For information on changing who appears as the Home person in the view, follow the steps in this article.

    MH: How do I change the home person in my online family tree?

B Use the Options wheel to customize your tree view.

  1. Click the Options wheel (next to "Find a person") to display tree options. Click it again when you want to close the Options dialog. Here are the settings:
    • Tree preferences, Preferred tree view—Choose Pedigree view or Family view.
    • Tree preferences, Generations to display—Move the slider to change the number of ancestor generations displayed on the screen.
    • Tree preferences, Card display options—Show or hide: email boxes for living relatives, edit (pencil) icon, Add button, cards for adding parents, and Instant Discovery™ cards.
    • Name preferences, Married names—(scroll down) Choose how to display names of married women.
    • Name preferences, Prefixes and suffixes—Choose how to handle name prefixes and suffixes.
    • More actions, Edit tree name—Change the name of the family tree.
    • More actions, Tree editing permissions—Specify who can edit or download the family tree.
  2. To close the Options dialog, click the Options wheel icon again. (Other options in "More actions" are also included in other MyHeritage menus.)

C Open different branches of your family tree to view.

    You can select certain direct-line ancestors and view their branches of the family tree.

  1. Find an ancestor with a "branch" icon (small blue and pink rectangles above the person card, connected by lines). Click the icon to open that ancestor's branch. That ancestor is now centered in the view. Note : Opening a branch also closes the branch for the ancestor's spouse.
  2. When you open an ancestor branch, the person's name appears in the white bar above the family tree (below the main menu bar). You can click any of the names in the bar to center that person in the tree.
  3. The first number in the white bar is the number of people showing in the current Radar view; the second number is the total number of people in the tree.

D Use Pedigree view.

  1. In the upper-right, click Pedigree view. Ancestors are now listed in generations from left to right.
  2. To reset the zoom, move the slider bar (upper right) or click the minus or plus icon next to it. To move the view, click and drag.
  3. For details on the options wheel or full-screen mode, see Choice B above.
  4. To see additional generations, if available, click a right-arrow (right side of the screen).
  5. To select a person as the first one in the pedigree view,
    a) Click the person's name card;
    b) In the Info dialog on the left, click More; and
    c) Click View his (her) tree. Or, you can select a name from the "Immediate Family" section in the Info dialog.