2017 · Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun


Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offers us the following challenge:

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) How many different “trees” do you have in your genealogy management program (i.e., RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, reunion, etc.) or online tree (e.g. Ancestry Member Tree, MyHeritage tree)?

2)  How many trees do you have, and how big is your biggest tree?  Do you have some smaller “bushes” or “twigs?”

3)  Tell us in your own blog post (please leave a link in Comments here), in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.

I have six family trees that I created in Family Tree Maker and on Ancestry.com. Three other related trees are currently being shared with me on Ancestry.

McClendon Family Tree (1) 3,332
McClendon Family Tree 3,121

These are actually the same tree, but something went freaky with the sync tool in FTM. I ended up with a new version of the tree – the one with the (1) by the name – AND the original version which is no longer synced with the website. Very frustrating!

Bell Family Tree 31
This is for a friend’s family.

Gailey Family Tree 14
This is the family that built the home owned by David’s family in Iva, South Carolina.  It was originally called The Gailey Place. When David’s family moved in, it became known as McClendon Manor.

Howland Family Tree 45
This tree is part of the George H. W. Bush family and is where I am researching the possible link between their family and ours. This was started long before the We’re Related app told me that they are potential relatives.  David and I both have the Bush surname in our trees.

Jefferson-Lee Family Tree 126
I was given reason to suspect that Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee are related to each other and this is the tree where I am researching that possible connection. Quite some time ago, I was given reason to suspect that one or both were also related to me somehow and now the We’re Related app says the same thing. I have a long way to go on this one.

Luke Family Tree 84
This is where I am working on the family tree of my best friend.  There is reason to think that our families were connected in the distant past.

The biggest tree, by far, is the McClendon Family Tree (1).  Even with 3,332 people on it, it is still very much just a wee little twig in the grand scheme of things. I just have to remind myself of several things along the way so that I don’t get caught in the comparison/inferiority trap:

  1. It is not a competition.
  2. Some families are more willing to share information with each other than others.
  3. Some people have had a lot more time to actually work on their trees.
  4. Some people have a bigger wallet to facilitate more extensive research.

It’s all good!  It is a fun adventure and very educational regardless of whether it leads to a tree, a bush, or a twig.


6 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

    1. Yes, it definitely would make things easier. I don’t understand all the secrecy. I mean, we’re family, for crying out loud! But, that’s the way it is. I just have to find the answers some other way and that is always an interesting adventure. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day.


  1. I totally agree with your comment that it is not a competition. And of course people should work together and share information. I view my family history searching as a hobby not as a serious business venture. Many people have turned their genealogy research into a business. But thats them not me. I want my time spent in genealogy to be fun not work.

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    1. I agree. It should be fun. Parts of it may be difficult, but it should help us to grow, not take the joy of the hunt from us.

      At one point I thought about trying to operate a genealogy-related business, but I decided there are enough folks out there doing that. I want to help folks because I enjoy doing it. I enjoy the hunt. And that hunt is far less stressful if there is no paycheck attached to it.

      Have a blessed day. 🙂


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