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Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1358788714000
Classification: Query
Probably this info is already here somewhere but I am not very good at knowing how to search / narrow down this topic.

I keep seeing this "Direct Ancestor" symbol and I wonder what it means? I mean, we are all the direct ancestor of somebody?

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1358803882000
Classification: Query
I think it means that it is in your direct line, i.e. parent, grandparent, greatgrandparent and so on, as opposed to being an aunt or uncle or cousin

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1358805556000
Classification: Query
I would interpret it the same way - that this is from the perspective of the home person of the tree, tracing backwards.

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1358810477000
Classification: Query
"I mean, we are all the direct ancestor of somebody?"

No, your direct ancestors are your forebears. We are all direct ~descendants~ of a whole lot of somebodies.

Many people, past and present, are not ancestors of anyone at all, whether due to early death, choice, or other factors.

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1358811317000
Classification: Query
Okay, thanks. I'm not sure than what the emphasis is or the big deal about the direct descendant sign. Not to be a smart @$$ I'm just saying it seems kind of silly to me, I mean everyone can tell looking in my tree that I am my father's daughter? Maybe I'm missing something or not, anyway thanks.

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1358811454000
Classification: Query
Thank you, it seems you two are correct.

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1373219115000
Classification: Query
I thought the same thing, but I discovered that when you have a bunch of people in your tree, i.e. aunts, uncles, cousins, inlaws, like I do, it helps you navigate through which ones are your direct line.

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1373220530000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1373297556000
" but I discovered that when you have a bunch of people in your tree, i.e. aunts, uncles, cousins, inlaws"

Siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. are not direct ancestors.

Direct ancestral lines grow exponentially, the number of direct ancestors doubles (abt) every 25 years.

10 generations = 1012 direct ancestors
8 generations = 265 direct ancestors
7 generations = 128 direct ancestors
6 generations = 64 direct ancestors
5 generations = 32 direct ancestors
4 generations = 16 direct ancestors
3 generations = 8 = great grandparents
2 generations = 4 = grandparents
1 generations = 2 = parents

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1373221146000
Classification: Query
exactly! And when you list all of those people's brothers and sisters, it gets hard to distinguish which person in the family is your direct ancestor.

Re: Direct Ancestor Designation

Posted: 1373229525000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1373229575000
There's another current discussion of using "icons" (on Ancestry this requires a photograph/picture that serves as an icon) to designate direct lines, immigrants, any and everything that someone wants to highlight. The use of these "icons" generates hints to other trees (if your tree is public), some are of the opinion that it's a lot of clutter.

There is also the question of how these "icons" will transfer to a desk-top genealogy program, ie, downloading and creating a GED from your Ancestry.com tree. Unless you're using FTM, those pics/icons won't transfer.

The old and tried and true method to designate direct lines, is to CAP the surname of the direct ancestor. This translates well to all other programs, and most recognize the CAPPED surnames are the direct lines, without additional explanation. Keep it lean and mean.

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