I'm 99% sure the answer is that's it's not possible, but in the off chance that it is:

I have someone in my family tree who I really want to include because she is the mother of some of my 3rd cousins. However, many people in the family don't want her to be included in the tree. Is it possible for me to include her in a way that only I see her, or to hide her from individual members who have view-only access to the tree?

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No. The only thing you can do is to mark her as living. Her existence will still show up to anyone who can see your tree, but her name and facts will not. It will show gender and relationship to others in the tree.

If your tree is public, random people will not see names/etc of living people. For anyone who is subscribed to your tree (someone you invited), you can go into settings and mark whether or not that person is allowed to view living people. The default is for it to be turned off.

If the issue is that you don't want your tree to show that some of the children in a sibling group have a different mother, then none of this will help.

This is one of the reasons I have my main tree on my home computer. If I know a family secret and have a fact or doc for it, it goes on my tree. But my Ancestry tree is public (and smaller because I only add to it if the info comes from an Ancestry doc).

  • Yeah, stopping the person (who I invited to the tree) from seeing all living people is not something I want to do. Thanks for the answer though! Commented Nov 1, 2018 at 20:32
  • I agree, I have found no way to hide an individual. A suggestion is to use a pseudonym for the individual Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 20:48

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