Posted by smithsworldwide in Smith DNA on August 31, 2023 Views:(158) Replies (0)
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Most people have at least one place they keep a comprehensive genealogical tree. For some, this might be software loaded on their personal computer. For others, the tree might be somewhere on the internet. There are lots of places to keep personal trees. For example, one place a lot of people use is familysearch.org or, if someone has an Ancestry subscription, on Ancestry. Some trees from the time of freepages still exist on the internet, there's genie, etc.
The question comes up about putting trees in multiple places. For example, FamilyTreeDNA asks that you upload your tree and has a way to upload a gedcom (rather than individually updating the tree with each person, although you can certainly do that). You are in the surname project to find matches, yes? You know how you go to look ar your matches list in FTDNA and some of the people who are presumed to be a close match have not posted a tree. Although you can email the person without the tree and hope for a response, much better if you can look at a tree to determine how this person may be related to you. Particularly important when your test is autosomal and you are trying to figure out which match represents which surname(s). Always, then, upload a tree on FamilyTreeDNA, it is to your benefit and the benefit of others who are also trying to determine what the match is.
The Smith DNA Project is targeted specifically at Smith/Schmidt/Smyth/Smythe/Smithson etc and related families that can help sort this out and thus does not require that each member keep up a comprehensive tree of all possible kin on the smithsworldiwde.org project site. But we do want to have it updated as much as possible, with sources, when it comes to these surnames. This is why, with every member, we endeavor to have the tree related to that person on the site. Members enjoy being able to look at pedigrees, top of the trees descent line down, relationships, and vertical charts when there is a tree submitted for a member.