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Old 04-26-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Default Ancestry View Famous Relatives Feature

Am curious what folks think of the new view famous relatives feature on ancestry.com. I tried it and found it very interesting until I noticed that almost all included bogus or suspect links between me and these famous people. Wonder how many gullible people will get sucked in and start crowing about all these noted figures they're supposedly related to. It made me dislike the people who make up their genealogy even more.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I thought it was fun, but not really relevant to my searches.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:06 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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In time this phony baloney stuff will make genealogy less popular.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I can never get it to work. I get a message that says:

The find famous relatives feature is only available to users who previously connected an individual in their tree with an individual in OneWorldTree. The connection feature is no longer available. If you have not previously created the connection between your tree and OneWorldTree, you will not be able to use the "find famous relatives" feature.
If you have connected your tree previously and you're viewing this message, it's possible we haven't found any connections for the person you're viewing.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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I can never get it to work. I get a message that says:

The find famous relatives feature is only available to users who previously connected an individual in their tree with an individual in OneWorldTree. The connection feature is no longer available. If you have not previously created the connection between your tree and OneWorldTree, you will not be able to use the "find famous relatives" feature.
If you have connected your tree previously and you're viewing this message, it's possible we haven't found any connections for the person you're viewing.

This is what happened to me.

I created one tree, and it connected me to the "One World Tree." Once I got to the parents and grandparents of the Civil War generation, I started speeding through, not verifying much in terms of accuracy. Ancestry.com makes it a serious pain to remove people if you make a mistake -- so in time i deleted my whole tree, and started over.

I created a second tree that i've been meticulous with, and it never connected me into the "one world tree" again.

I question the accuracy of the "one world tree" and famous relative finder. It told me I was 6th cousins with George W. Bush (and his father), and that I'm related to Mark Twain as well. I don't believe any of that. I admit I find the feature interesting, but there must have been some reason it was canceled.

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I think Ancestry actually removed the "One World Tree" feature because it was so riddled with inaccuracies, like you stated you apparently had.

I've found that now I have a very fleshed out tree, transferring it to Family Tree Maker (software) has made it easier to delete duplicates and get things more organized. You can also make prinouts and copies more easily.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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I think Ancestry actually removed the "One World Tree" feature because it was so riddled with inaccuracies, like you stated you apparently had.
I suspect that many of their accuracies are due to their attempts to digitize paper records.

They do a surprisingly good job, but even still, there are too many errors.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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That feature has been around a long time, so I don't know if there have been any changes to it. But ... it's just like all of the linked lineage databases. It's as good as the junk that people put in to it.

I think it's just one of those things that Ancestry does to try and reel in non-genealogists. Problem is, they'll probably just add more to the junk databases.

As far as that message -- it's just basically telling you that they can't find a connection to anyone "famous" from your database.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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As far as that message -- it's just basically telling you that they can't find a connection to anyone "famous" from your database.
No, I don't think so. I am positive that it is a feature they once had 2 or 3 years ago, that they turned off. They no longer attempt to connect you with the database, or allow it.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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No, I don't think so. I am positive that it is a feature they once had 2 or 3 years ago, that they turned off. They no longer attempt to connect you with the database, or allow it.
Not true. I had looked at the Link several years ago and after reading this Thread tonight decided to look again. It's still there and there are at least two disclaimers which implies; garbage in garbage out so use it for what it's worth. I found it to be an interesting read.
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