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November 04, 2009


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I wouldn't have been able to figure out this on my own. I appreciate it when y'all bring up features that aren't that obvious. I am afraid that my rural MS lines are full of cousins marrying cousins!

Does this work also when one is preparing ancestor report?


I have this problem with cousins marrying... and of course they had eleven children, so my descendant chart is 20 feet long! I see how to fix this in reports, but how do you prevent duplicates in the charts?

Dana - this is not yet available in Legacy Charting. The enhancement request is logged in our database.

This is very useful information for me, since I have two seperate lines where sisters married into my direct-line. Due to the age gap of the sisters (and subsequent differences in the ages of my ancestors who were their descendants), their parents are my 6th great-grandparents AND my 5th great-grandparents. This will really streamline my reports!

I've been breaking my brains on a similar issue - how to display in a chart or graph in a clearly understandable manner the complicated relationships of several (many) early Colonial family sets. With first wives dying in childbirth and old widowers being married to old widows and children of first (or 2nd or 3rd) marriages marrying to their step-parent's earlier spouse's previous marriage's children (and one man marrying his step-sister who was also his mother's first cousin), the visualization gets daunting. Especially when the same Given name and Surname repeat. Also a case of three siblings marrying three siblings - and resulting double (and triple) cousins later marrying. The most complicated in my fdb is a 'family' that had ten total spouses, 45-some children and cousin and step relationships among many. I'd like to be able to see and show the progression of young couples, evolving to mixed-families, through to the last couple alive and get a sense of how they 'knew' each of their tangled offspring and they each met major life changes. I can list each fa/ma/sn/dau/aunt/uncle/nCmR from each individual to each other, but such a list does not show the whole picture. Yet the people involved knew 'who they were to' everyone else in the village as they lived and died.

I looked at the "Knot System"


which assigns integers to each person and develops codes to connect a starting person to all others, but that does not seem to handle the multiple marriages or intermarried step-kids in a straight-forward way. (Does the Legacy relationship calculator use this or an algorithmically equivalent scheme?)

And then there is the "directed graph" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directed_acyclic_graph

which uses 'nodes' and connecting lines, whose mathematical rules might be adapted to family connections, but would require dimensionality to the 'edges' - (father/mother/son/daughter/marriage, dates, places) and an automated way to chart the results. Before I learn a new branch of applied mathematics and code my own program, are there any others who have tackled this issue?

Bill Hathaway

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