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Distributing family tree as image - security?

I just created a huge family tree using mind-mapping tools, not common geneology tools. I'd like to distribute this to relatives as a PNG. I'm concerned about security. What should not be in a tree ...
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Showing Adopted Name and Birth Name on Family Tree

My biological parents gave birth to 9 children. When my birth father died, the 4 youngest children (including me) were put up for adoption and our names were changed. (4 different adoptive families) ...
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Trying to understand family tree

I’m a college student that came across this family tree diagram and am trying to interpret it. My current interpretation puts almost every individual in the diagram to having either incest, an affair, ...
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Identifying maternal grandfather using DNA

I have recently started the process of grouping my DNA matches on my mother’s side. It's starting to look like the man I thought was my grandfather may not be. I don't have my mother’s DNA but I have ...
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Big and public family tree as gedcom

Are there any public and big family trees available online as downloadable gedcom files? Something like royal families, presidents or like that.
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Finding Moroccan ancestors [closed]

I would like to find some family members, but I don`t really know if they exist or not. I only have our last name and my grandpa's name, who I have never met. His name is possibly Adnane Toujjani, ...
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Incestual representation in genealogy tree

I am far from an expert when it comes to genealogy but I just had a random thought. How do you deal with complex incestual relationships in genealogy when trying to represent a family tree. A father ...
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Tracing family tree if grandparents moved to UK from Pakistan?

I have lived in the uk all my life and I want to trace my family tree back as far as possible. However, my father came to the uk from a place called Swat valley in north west Pakistan and his family ...
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On FamilySearch, is it possible to find how I am related to someone more than 15/16 generations back?

First, I found the question Tracing relationships on FamilySearch's Family Tree through more than 15 generations? which is very similar, but I was not satisfied with the answer (and maybe a new ...
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Running RootsMagic in WINE on Linux

I've been running linux for over 20 years, and haven't ever bothered to learn how to run Win programs in WINE, but now I want to use RootsMagic to completely back up my enormous Ancestry.com tree. I ...
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Open Source & Online tool for managing family trees?

I tried the online myheritage.com but I do not like that you need pay for Premium features such as connecting two pieces of information about one person made by two people: Many people can make ...
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Representing genealogy when multiple intra-familial marriages occurred

I searched this site and found a similar question from 2012. I'm hoping that genealogy programs have improved since then. I have a genealogy in which multiple intrafamilial marriages occurred. ...
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Displaying exponentially growing family tree in practical way?

I have now almost completed my family tree, having each branch going back to approximately the French revolution, discovering dozens of previously unknown ancestors. I would like to share the family ...
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Interpreting the Trussell Family Tree

I am having trouble interpreting a family tree of the Trussell family that I found: Specifically, near the top right, I see: "WILLIAM = ROHESE dau[ghter] and heir of WILLIAM PANTULF of Cublesdon ...
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Alternative software to generate family tree like Descendant tree in Gramps?

Is there any other software that generates family tree like the Descendant tree in Gramps? This report generates a chart of people who are descendants of the starting person. Alternatively it may ...
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When designing/drawing a family tree in one view, how should I handle the parents, grandparents, etc. of a significant other of 3 children

When designing/drawing a family tree in one view, how should I handle the parents, grandparents, etc. of a significant other of 3 children? A---B ___|___ | | | C B D This is a scenario where B ...
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Is person who has lost family last name still considered Direct descendant

My aunt's children, already have children, and these kids no longer have any of my grandparents' last names, as they have inherited the lastname from the husband. Can they still be considered as ...
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331 cm Uncle - could it be different relative

On 23&me the DNA results came in yesterday and it exactly states "You & John share the DNA that was passed down from two of your grandparents (his parents)". We have 331cm in common ...
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Working on pre-16th century German genealogy

I was researching my family on Ancestry, and I seem to have discovered that I can trace my mother's father's line all the way from present-day to about 11th C. The earliest name I can find is Moshe ...
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Can niece not connect to my paternal line but her daughter connects to my maternal and paternal side?

My niece is a dna match 2112 cM over 80 segments. She only matches on my maternal side of the family. Her daughter is a dna match of 1118 cM over 46 segments. She matches both my maternal and paternal ...
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Claiming noble title of Earl in Ireland that seems to have died out?

Is it possible to claim a noble title from an ancestor several generations back, even when the male line has been broken by a female descendant? One of the titles is Earl, and the country of that ...
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Korean book listing family history for 5000 years - is this particular to a specific culture in Korea?

My manager told me today that her husband has a friend who is from Korea (I did not ask but I assume this is South Korea). She said that because that friend is the father's oldest son, the father ...
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Software/tool to generate 'trial' family trees?

During my research, I often want to 'rough out' simple multi-generation family trees (based on birth/bap/mar/death/bur) to explore, for example, how a bunch of entries in the parish registers on a ...
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Adding second set of parents in an online tree at Ancestry?

I want to add a second set of parents to someone in my Ancestry.com tree. I'm surprised that I'm unable to find a way to do this. I've searched online and found references to a relationships tab which ...
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Modeling family with unknown relationships?

The focus of my work now is on a set of Tallents who lived in rural North Carolina around 1750-1820. I'm quite certain they were all related, but there is little evidence to establish specific parent/...
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Hiring a Private Investigating Agency

If I want to research about my ancestors however I don't have the time or the relevant data on how to do so is it possible to hire someone to do this task? If yes how safe is it and is it recommended ...
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How many generations is needed to go back to get an ethnicity estimate without a DNA test?

I'm a 3rd generation Canadian meaning that my great-grandparents were from Europe and my grandparents are Canadian born. I haven't completed my family tree yet but from the looks of it most of my ...
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Viewing Family Group Sheet using Ancestry.com?

Before Ancestry.com upgraded its interface in early 2016, there was a button on a person's profile page to create a family group sheet that I often used to see at a glance whether all the children ...
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Change birth name or use Also Known As

Francis was born in 1857. Registrar entry sighted and records only one first name. Original birth record not available. Electoral rolls from 1905 to 1914 record Francis Joseph and other names and ...
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Ancestry showing wrong connection?

Ancestry is showing that I am my grandfather. When I click on my name, it shows that I am my granddaughter. Is there a way to correct that?
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Seeking computer-based family-tree software for Mac/PC?

I am looking for a software program that works cross platform Mac/PC and isn’t exclusively cloud-based. Also I want to have access to my own data, so Ancestry software, though nice, doesn’t tick any ...
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Making family chart with everyone in it? [duplicate]

I'd like to make a chart of every family member I know of, similar to Charting all cousins, all aunts, all uncles to degree (all living family in all lines to degree)? I don't want a pedigree ...
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Finding Romanian ancestors from Sibiu, Gușterița?

I have just married my husband, who is Romanian, and I want to add his family to my family tree. However, we do not know where to start because we cannot find a website that helps. His father is ...
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Seeking software which displays (yet) unrelated persons and family trees for overview

I am searching for a software, which displays several (yet) unconnected family trees and unrelated persons. Right now I have 200 people found in old church books with all the same last name over 200-...
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Are there any tools that will display a complete tree [duplicate]

My tree currently contains around 1500 people and I would like to be able to browse the WHOLE tree; I like the way the tree displays on Ancestry.co.uk but find it a little limiting (especially when ...
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One tree, or a bunch?

I have spent a considerable amount of time creating family trees on Ancestry.com, and documenting them with records found on Ancestry, FamilySearch, and in other web and non-web sources. For a variety ...
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Intra Family marriage / rejoining family trees?

Deep in my families history (1600's or there abouts) our family split in two. About three or four generations later two distant cousins got married creating a split / rejoin. G.G.G....
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Finding ancestors on hand-drawn family tree?

I recently discovered a family tree which was filled out by my grandmother for my mother when she was in elementary school. The tree is very basic, with names filled out everywhere, but there are no ...
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How do spatial analysis (GIS) and genealogy overlap?

I'm working on my Ph.D. which will hopefully expose some ways in which spatial analysis (using the tool I know - GIS) can prove useful to genealogical research. At present I am still struggling with ...
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Updating Surname Chart of Male-Line descendants in form of tree?

I have an old Family Tree or Chart that dates back many centuries. It is a Surname Chart of Male-Line descendants in the form of a tree. It flows from the bottom upward and the trunk of the tree is ...
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Is there a space to collaborate to create a single family tree (for a surname)?

There seems to be many sites whereby you can search for records or even share each others family tree. But what I would like is a site that contains family trees (perhaps broken down by surname) where ...
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Organizing ancestors' "circle of cousins"

Background: I would like to focus on the set of people who are first cousins of (my) ancestors at each available level of the hierarchy. This helps me check contemporary family activities, vetting ...
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Seeking tools to create tree of specific individuals in gedcom

I am trying to help an adoptee determine his birth parents based on DNA matches at different sites. I became involved because he is a 1st-3rd cousin DNA match to many people in my extensive family ...
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How to import/use Gramps records to produce family history book?

In the past, I've used PAF and Gramps to manage my family's genealogy records. I really like Gramps in particular, because of its flexibility and ability to store pictures, stories, etc. I am ...
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Different colours for daughters and daughter-in-laws in Gramps Relationship graph

I have just very recently begun with genealogy and just started using Gramps. I have collected a lot of information about the family and want to show it through a relationship graph. In that, I would ...
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How far from the direct descendant line is regarded as no longer a relative?

I have started a family tree, starting with myself and working back in time. As I climb up the tree, how far from the direct line is considered a relative?
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How do I visibly make people aware that a connection is only tenuous and further research is needed?

Is there some sort of standard or accepted manner in which to indicate that an ancestor's connection to your family line is not fully supported. YET! That it is still in research mode. I'm thinking a ...
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How do I read this descendants tree?

I have, using Ancestry.co.uk found a link in my distant heritage to the Prettyjohn (variations: Prettejohn, Petitjohn) family originally located in Devon. One great source of information on this ...
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What are the records that can be used in India to trace one's ancestry?

I'm an Indian and all my ancestors as far as I know are from India. I'm actually trying to reconstruct my family tree by tracing it back. The resources within family like various documents, ...
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How to display sperm/egg donors or surrogates on a family tree?

When diagramming a family tree, is there a typology or visual display rule set for the new methods of creating genetic lineage: sperm, egg, uterus donors or surrogates?