Trying to understand relationship queries. Could you please review the quesries that wont work below and comment on what I am doing incorrectly?

I have 2 objects: Festivals__c (Parent Object to Attendee) Attendee object has two lookup fields Account & Festivals (name of festival)

These wont work

(Trying to query Attendee Name, Tickets purchased and Festival Name (Master-Detail); going from child to parent)

**SELECT Name,Tickets_Purchased__c,Festivals__r.Name FROM Attendee__c**

(Trying to Query festival Name and attendee name - going from parent to child)

**SELECT Festivals__c.Name, (SELECT Name FROM Attendee__C) FROM Festivals__c**

(Trying to Query Attendee Name, tickets purchased and lookup Account)

 **SELECT Name,Tickets_Purchased__c,Account.Name FROM Attendee__c**

These statements work:

SELECT First_Name__c,Tickets_Purchased__c  FROM Attendee__c

 SELECT Festivals__c.Name FROM Festivals__c

 SELECT Name FROM Attendee__C

Sample Error Messages:

Didn't understand relationship 'Festivals__r' in field path.

Didn't understand relationship 'Attendee__C'

Didn't understand relationship 'Account' in field path

  • Without understanding the object model, I'd suggest you build your queries via the developer workbench, which may help you through this quickly. Feb 9, 2015 at 6:25
  • In your second example, try using a lower-case 'c' for 'Attendee__c'. In your third example, since the Attendee__c is a custom object, all its relationships will be custom as well, so it can't be straight 'Account.Name'. Maybe 'Account__r.Name', but look at the lookup field definition on the object to be sure. Similarly for your 'Festivals__r' lookup issue from the first example. While Salesforce will suggest a relationship name, it can be overridden during the creation of the relationship field. Feb 9, 2015 at 6:48
  • How can I lookup field definition on object like you suggest for a child to parent relationship? For parent to child I could locate the child relationship field name (typically plural_r)? Feb 16, 2015 at 0:14

1 Answer 1


Your queries look correct (at least the format of them) at first glance......

To get the correct relationship name for the Parent to Child Query navigate to:

Setup -> Develop -> Custom Object

  1. Click on the object Name for the CHILD object
  2. Find the Master Relationship Field and click on it
  3. Look at the Child Relationship Name


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In this case the query from Parent to Child would be:

Select ID, (Select ID From GetFeedback_Survey_Answers__r) From GetFeedback_Survey_Result__c

For a query from Child to Parent you would simply uses the Name of the Master Relationship Field....

In the above case, using the same steps 1-2 but looking at API Name

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The query would be

Select ID, GetFeedback_Survey_Result__r.Name From GetFeedback_Survey_Answer__c

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