In honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d check out my African American genealogy connections in the BYU Relative Finder. I have a list of 47 connections, which you can see below. Take in mind that BYU uses your FamilySearch World/Collaborative Tree to generate the connections, in which most of us know that the results would then be only as accurate as what others have connected to the World Tree. 😉
I quickly reviewed a lot of the connections, in which the majority connect us by distant ancestors that I have yet to confirm. There were many, where dates just didn’t add up, like women having children in their 50s back in the 16th and 17th centuries. 😉
I have included a closer look at 2 of my connections, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
My Genealogical Connection to Martin Luther King Jr.
According to the BYU Relative Finder and the FamilySearch World Tree, I am connected to Martin Luther King Jr. I have not confirmed anything past James West, born 1745.
My Genealogical Connection to Rosa Parks
According to the BYU Relative Finder and the FamilySearch World Tree, I am connected to Rosa Parks. I have not confirmed anything past John Robinson, born 1790 on the chart, in which I have 1788.
These are still quite fun to look at, and when I have time, one day, in the far future, I may work on these connections to see how valid they really are, but with the collaborative tree, I won't hold my breath. If I find that I am connected to them in my family tree, then I am quite honored, indeed! 😊
You can check out your own African American connections, along with others, at the BYU Relative Finder on the BYU Family History Technology Lab Website.
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FamilySearch’s Fan Chart View Feature for Your Family Tree!
Last week I had mentioned that Ancestry had just updated the way you can view your trees, with their new Fan View feature, in Ancestry’s New Fan View Feature for Your Family Tree! Many have mentioned that they cannot access, or no longer have access to, the settings/tools. I mentioned that this feature was in BETA, which means it could stay or go, it could be tweaked or added to, and more. While we wait to see if it will be a permanent feature, I’d like to bring up where else you can get this feature from, and for FREE!
Did you know that FamilySearch has the same exact thing, and with more settings? That’s right (since about 2018, I think) FamilySearch has a Fan Chart View option for your family tree!
If you’re lucky enough to have the correct info in your world collaborative tree, and you are one to add photos, stories, and more to that tree, then this is just as cool, if not more, than Ancestry’s. I do know that my info is correct for at least the first 5 generations (their default), and I’m sure many of yours are as well. You can see and work from your family tree in an aesthetically colorful fan view, making it fun to work on your family history and genealogy!
Fan Chart Settings/Tools
Family Lines Fan Chart
The Family Lines Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is a colorfully aesthetic family tree view that is the default view. From here, you can get to the Fan View Settings and change the fan view, or the generations shown.
Birth Place Fan Chart
The Birth Place Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is color coded with bright colors that shows you all the birth countries of each ancestor. You also have an additional setting to highlight a specific country/birthplace.
Sources Fan Chart
The Sources Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is, once again, color coded with a gradient color that shows you how many sources you have for each ancestor from least to most, letting you see where you are lacking. This can also be highlighted as well.
Stories Fan Chart
The Stories Fan Chart Family Tree View Setting is also color coded with a gradient color, that can also be highlighted, that shows you how many stories you have added to your ancestors, from least to most. As you can see, I have none.
Photos Fan Chart
The Photos Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is also color coded with a gradient color that shows you how many photos you have added for each ancestor from least to most, helping you see who you need some or more photos for. This can, again, can be highlighted.
Research Helps Fan Chart
The Research Helps Fan Chart Family Tree View setting is color coded with bright colors that shows you Data Problems (such as missing a standardized location, a possible duplicate, and more), Record Hints, and Research Suggestions (like a possible missing child due to age gap, a possible other spouse due to age and other spouse’s death, and more) for each ancestor. I find this chart the most helpful. 😉
Inverted Colors Fan Chart View
You can even invert the colors and print all of the charts out!
How to Get to FamilySearch’s Fan Chart Family Tree Views
To be honest, I don’t usually keep up with my tree on FamilySearch, unless I want to correct it for the purpose of printing out a family tree chart. Keeping up with a tree on too many platforms is a bit overwhelming, as well as working in a collaborative tree with so many making changes. 😉 They do have some of the best charts out there, and for FREE. FamilySearch is also my number one place to search for records, as I feel that they have the best search engine, and for fun activities. 😊
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