24 November 2014

A Genealogy Far, Far Away

"Our registered users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. They have uploaded and attached to their trees over 200 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories." [source]
Ancestry.com frequently touts their numbers. Of the trees I've seen I would estimate at least half of the "photographs" are actually clip art and other genealogically useless images. When you factor in trees back to Adam & Eve or Greek mythology, how many profiles are also genealogically useless? And then there's the trees. How many of them are just plain junk?
Do a search for your favorite fictional book, movie or television character and you are bound to find them somewhere in Ancestry's Member Trees. A search for Darth Vader brings up two trees for Star Wars characters and another tree created by a dog breeder who has 7000 dog profiles on 5 different trees. Then there are these gems. Each one is a tree in its entirety, minus any profiles for living people.

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Last but not least, a tree created by someone with the sense of humor of a three year old:

Thanks to Louise for the idea for this post! ;-)

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  1. Your post has me laughing here because it speaks to the nonsense you see on Ancestry. I also posted something similar on my blog. I got fed up with people linking my ancestors to their imaginary trees and then to top it off for Ancestry to give me worthless hints. I finally removed my tree from the website as I couldn't deal with the ridiculous trees or the annoying leaves on the website. Its a "click add me genealogy no investigation" website. I never noticed what you posted above but it falls into place with all the other nonsense you see there. LOL

  2. Finding one's roots is tough. It's where you had to, or are at least made to, sift through a lot of primary and secondary documentary materials, since it takes a lot of people to build a functioning civilization. Having said that, a lot of those will definitely be aided by good scanning and data-gathering software. Good thing there are a lot of easy to obtain services for that. All the best!

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