|About James & Kathy's Family Tree
I try very hard to get my tree right and keep it updated. Please let me know if I have mistakes. The page is usually updated once a week with a new gedcom tree upload. I will note this page when a new file is uploading - it takes between 12 hours and 60 hours usually. Any changes you make to the site during this time (for those with editing privileges) will NOT be saved. If you do not feel comfortable editing a person, simply email me the changes at email@example.com or for those on Facebook, you can message me there with any changes. For a simple change I will edit it here on the site. This however means I have to enter data twice, so most changes will only take place on my computer and then be uploaded.
How far back can the average person trace their family tree?
"Most people will be able to trace some lines of their family tree back to the 1600s. Some people might be able to trace a few lines of their tree back a little further than that, especially if they have a very notable person in their family tree that has had a lot of independent research done about them.
This means that some people might be able to trace some aspects of their tree back to as far as about 1400, which would be considered unusual. Most serious genealogists would view a tree that goes back to the year 1400 with a large dose of skepticism." (information in quotes was taken from website - https://whoareyoumadeof.com/blog/how-far-back-can-you-go-with-genealogy/)
For this reason, although some trees on the internet will take some of these same lines and take them back into the 1400's and farther back, I simply will not. For one thing, the records become more inaccurate the farther back you go. For another thing, I just don't think that far back matters. I am slowly pruning my tree to eliminate MOST profiles from before 1500. At some point, I may eliminate MOST before 1600. (One notable exception is the Farley line, as this line has been extensively researched by a great number of high profile researchers and is most likely accurate - even it will not extend beyond the 1400's)
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.
In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.
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