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How to identify your end-of-line ancestors

End-of-line ancestors. We all have them. We think about them. We study them. We even dream about them. Once we find their parents, we do a quick Genealogy Happy Dance, and then it starts over again - we now have new end-of-line ancestors.

Who are your end-of-line ancestors? Let Legacy Family Tree identify them for you using one of the two following methods.

Special Search List

  1. First, in the Family View, navigate to yourself.
  2. Click on Search > Find > Miscellaneous tab.
  3. Select the "Direct-line ancestors with no parents" option and click on Create List.

The resulting Search List displays each of your direct-line ancestors who do not have parents. In other words, these are your end-of-line ancestors.

Now select one of them and see if Legacy can find their parents:

  1. Click on Internet > Search Internet for Current Person.
  2. Select one of the listed websites, and click on the Search button.

Fan Chart

Using Legacy Charting, you can creating a Fan Chart which provides a graphical perspective of viewing your end-of-line ancestors. Follow these instructions:

  1. Launch Legacy Charting by clicking on its icon in the main toolbar (or go to Reports > Legacy Charting).
  2. Select one of the 4 Fan Chart styles, and click Select.
  3. On the Home tab, increase the number of generations until the Fan Chart starts displaying the "holes" in the outer rings.

See the Fan Chart below. Notice where the end-of-line ancestors are? Makes it pretty easy to see where the "holes" are, doesn't it? Happy hunting!



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Can we do this using Legacy 6 ?

Marianne - you can do the search list, but the fan chart is only available in version 7.

This is a very helpful tip. I did the search for the end-of-line ancestors and it reminded me of a few folks I hadn't worked on in a while (I had lost track of them in my massive file!). This gives me some "new" people to work on. With new databases being added to the internet all the time, I am confident I will make progress with these ancestors this time around.

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