How do I visualize breadth in my family tree?

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Is there a built-in way in wikitree, or if not, a method using other tools (spreadsheets, python, etc) to visualize the breadth of the tree in recent past generations?

After participating in the connect-a-thon, I'm hoping to find a way to visualize where I might be missing other connections - for example, [[Guthrie-4165]] (my great-great grandfather) has more siblings that I haven't added yet. I feel like the tree view and fan charts have both helped me a lot with finding brick walls in my direct lineage, and am hoping someone has tried doing something similar with the width of their recent past tree.

I'm particularly interested in this because I think it will help me find my genealogical connections to DNA matches & make progress on DNA confirmation.
in WikiTree Tech by Chandra Little G2G1 (1.8k points)

4 Answers

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Best answer

Good project!  You can begin by filling in the question marks on this page by adding the next generation:  https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Little-7669/10

You can also click on any of the profiles in this list and try to document and add additional children:  https://apps.wikitree.com/apps/ashley1950/listmaker/?id=Little-7669

You can also click on any of these profiles (this list is for Christopher Tilghman, Sr.) to try and add additional children to that profile:  https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Tilghman-6/890

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (557k points)
selected by Jonathan Crawford

I hadn't played with the widgets yet, I really like the name list and the DNA descendants, that's cool, and lets you see the siblings along the way

here's my family (well, only the Crawford part of it)

https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Crawford-334/890

Awesome family list, Jonathan!  Nice and long.  Thanks for the Best Answer.
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I'm  not sure there's a actual way of determining the breadth, of a family. When I tried to work on figuring out the number of first, second thirds cousins I found that you may entirely lack second cousins, while having lots of 3rd cousins.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
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There does not seem to be in the existing tools, but that doesn't mean someone isn't already working on one. I've been kicking a visualization around in my head for some time now and am hoping to get it working in minecraft for my son, but it might help you too. I think your idea on helping us get past brick walls is a great reason to pursue this idea too.

I'll try to remember to post back here if I get it working.

In the meantime, if you number your data by generation as some are wont to do, you could use a spreadsheet to filter everything for G3 or whatever and see where you have more/less volume. There's no right answer for what *should* be there, as Dave noted, but it might highlight sparse branches to research
by Jonathan Crawford G2G6 Mach 9 (92.6k points)
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Chandra, I'm not sure this is the answer you're seeking, but it might give you a start toward what you want.  Go to the profile of the farthest back ancestor in one line that you have and click the DESCENDANTS button, you will see all the children in each generation forward for (I think) 5 generations.  Of course, this will only include profiles that have already been added here.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (908k points)

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