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What are hints and how do they work?

Hints help your family tree grow faster by presenting you with potential matches from our records. Look out for small orange circles next to a person's name on your family tree - they are your hints.

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When you select those small orange icons, you will be taken to see any hints that have been suggested for that person. You can also select the ‘Hints for this tree’ button to view a list of all your hints.

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You can receive record hints from a number of sources including;

  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • Parish records
  • Census records
  • Military records
  • The 1939 Register
  • Tree-to-tree hints from other Findmypast members

Find out more on how to make the most of family tree hints in this handy guide.

Useful links

A guide to hints on Findmypast UK
A guide to hints on Findmypast United States & Canada
A guide to hints on Findmypast Australia & New Zealand
A guide to hints on Findmypast Ireland

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