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 Ancestors

Calculating

1) Under Account > "Calculcate Ancestors" is a page that will calculate all ancestors of a chosen root person.  Typically this would be yourself, but if you are exclusively researching another person, you can select that person as your root. After choosing the person and submitting, it will churn through the ancestors of the root, and mark them for later reference.  This stops with the 26th great-grandparents, as the volume grows exponentially large.

Viewing

2) After (1), when you browse into a page of one your ancestors, it will show near the bottom of the page your relationship -- parents, grandparents, or the count of great-grandparents.

3) Clicking this relationship will go to a new page listing all branches that have this person identified as an ancestor, showing the root person of each branch. For recent generations, this will show only yourself, but after you go back a few hundred years, and once other users have calculated their ancestors, it will show more.

4) On any page where you can select your own fields to show, including pedigrees and descendant charts, it now includes an "Ancestor" choice. Selecting this will show your ancestors in green.

5) In the search, there is a search criteria to limit the results to only your ancestors, or the ancestors of your root person.

6) When browsing up a tree of ancestors, a couple's child or children who are your ancestor will show in bold to remind you which line is your own.

If you add or remove any significant limbs to your tree, it would be good to rerun #1, as this does not update itself.

Plotting

After you have done (1), the page found at Places > Cemeteries > My Ancestors will summarize the list found above, but limited to those who have grave locations defined, and will show a map of those locations that have coordinates defined here.  Going across the Atlantic there may be many more to show there, if your tree has been tied into the medieval families in Europe.



Updated: 4-27-2017