Last week was an exciting week for many genealogists who attended the RootsTech conference or, like me, who followed the live stream from home. My interest was focused on DNA related news. First the good and the bad, then my feedback. There are several reasons for my snarky title. But do all users, especially those who are very new to family history research, realize this new feature is like the Ancestry Hints and Shared Ancestors Hints? We still need to do research. Ocie has been ignored by many in their trees.
The marriage of her mother to my great-great-grandfather Irvin Lewis INGRAM took place in and no census listing has been found to show the family group. As far as we know, they had only this one daughter. The marriage ended in divorce in Not many people who have worked on these lines have their trees on Ancestry. I have very few maternal matches, mostly 5c and 6C, from clusters of descendants of a few immigrant families in America.
People who are new to genealogy research and those who do not know how to use this tool will take this seriously. They will accept these errors without bothering to verify. The white boxes are actual entries in my tree while the dashed boxes are from information they have knitted in from other trees.
The third cousin match has a private tree which likely includes William A. Why, if we both have this name in our trees, does the common ancestor show up as a Private person three generations further back?
Why not William A. I was able to get the error above fixed. A person with a large tree likely accepted a Potential Father and Potential Mother and attached the wrong parents to my great-grandfather.
The owner is not a direct descendant. The tree is so large I could not figure out how or if he is related. The tree owner was quick to thank me for the help. He unlinked him and added the correct parents. There are still a few issues which I have further commented on. The owner appears to be willing to work on fixing his tree. On a positive note, I was surprised to see this happen overnight. This is not the only 2nd great-grandparent who is missing.
This means I have the wrong potential 3rd, 4th, and 5th great-grandparents. The branch and all other matches are missing. Yes, they are still there but difficult to ferret out. This could be a good feature when used correctly. When we find cousins who are DNA matches and fit into our tree we cannot accept the connection without following the records to prove the relationship.
MyTreeTags TM should help eliminate the need for strange ancestor names and keep our research and connections to new matches more organized. Will all the hoopla about these recent additions to the Ancestry experience distract us from the lack of a chromosome browser?
View all posts by Cathy Meder-Dempsey. Thank you, your article was a very helpful analysis. As noted, it helps sift through what would otherwise be overlooked possible family links.
Like Liked by 1 person. Thank you, Stephen, for reading it. I hoping the experience gets better in the days to come as they iron out the wrinkles. Like Like. Thank you Cathy. As I was wading through my ancestors, I came across a parental connections for my 3x great-grandfather Jenkins Harry Harris in Wales. I knew right away it was not correct, for my Jenkins Harris was born in Breckonshire, and died in Monmouthshire.
The Jenkins Harris the other tree had connected to my Jenkins Harris had him dying in Glamorganshire. It took me several days to finally get this ready to post. It was not easy. Thank you, Brian. As you know, I also have had a mixed experience.
They or their parents were on my tree, so they are not really new discoveries in any way, but now I am in touch with them and learning more about their branch of the tree anecdotally. Most come from trees without sources, and looking at those trees I have already found many mistakes—e. I was happy to hear you had found new cousins. This is giving them even more attention. Thank you, Amy. Dempsey…but not giving up!!!! Hi Sharen and thanks for stopping by. Are you getting matches for Seaton B. Or is this a different Seaton B.?
I am not related to them. I have very few family suggestions and none of them are my line. The circles they got rid of were much, much better than this. Toni, sorry to hear you are so upset about this. There are definitely things which are not working the way they should be. Did you know you can go back to viewing your Circles? This will take you to them. Good luck with getting your lines fixed. Oh, good. NOW with even more things to ruin your tree.
Someone just told me there are plans to phase them out. My grandmother did not have 18 kids by 3 different men. She had 8 kids with 2 husbands. The circles themselves showing relationships with other trees is good. I never bothered with the stories. They were too much like the OneWorldTree they tried out years ago. Merging can only be done manually not by a program. I saw it by accident and could not believe my eyes.
All my female relatives seemed to really get around! Sometimes in two countries at the same time. Men must have found them fascinating. Or easy! In my view, your assessment of what is right and wrong with ThruLines is spot only. Thank you for taking the time to write it down and say it so well.
From my perspective, the tool appears to be more heavily weighted towards tree and public record data than DNA data. From what I can see from some of the things written by Christa Gowan of Ancestry in various places, this is because I have not put in full details about my father. For personal reasons I am unable to fully identify him in my public tree. I have him shown as living and I have put in his birthdate and place. I have his death date in a note. In my tree he clearly links me to my grandparents who are fully documented and my tree has lots of DNA matches connected including 2 half siblings.
It gives precedence to information that is repeated in multiple trees whether right or wrong information over DNA connections. In not doing so it is no better than the potential parents hints on its family tree pages … which have their place as clues to be examined carefully but have nothing to do with DNA. Of course like anything else, the theories need to be viewed as clues and examined with a critical eye. In the days and weeks to come I hope we will be getting more information on how information in our trees is treated to make ThruLines work.
I had a quick look at one or two of the top matches and they looked good, i. Thank you, Jane, for stopping by and leaving this interesting comment.
He surveyed to audience of approximately He commented that the Genesis was expected to improve the site. The program recommends you choose four basic colors for the grandparents, similar to the four file folders we used in the old days. And than you can choose variations of that color for ancestors or descendants.