Would you like a family tree widget which shows more generations and is more compact?

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Would you like a family tree widget which displays an ancestral tree similar to

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=sheys391&id=I14373&style=TEXT

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in WikiTree Tech by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (539k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
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Yes, please!
Hi All. What would be the central purpose of this for you? I understand that it's more compact. Is that useful for printing, or just so you don't have to scroll, or what? This could be important for how we present it and explain it.
Also, if you have any advice on what you would call this and how you would contrast it with the other views on TNT pages such as http://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Roberts-Family-Tree-7101#genealogy that could be helpful. Thanks!
The WT ancestor tree display goes back about 125 years (5 generations). For those of us with ancestors going back many hundreds of years, navigation can become very difficult from current known tree back to a target ancestor. All that is really needed is name and birth-death dates, with links to open the profile page. You could call it 'Extended ancestor tree'. Not sure if you'd want to select or limit the number of generations shown, but some trees go back 50+ generations, which might take some processor resources to display.
Thanks, Bob. I think we could do nine generations for this, but it may be seven or eight. (For others: RootsWeb and some other sites are capable of displaying more because they're being generated from small, individual files, not large collaborative databases like ours.)
The more generations the better without overly taxing the system.  I assume there would be a small ancestor pedigree chart icon (which links to another branch of the tree in this new 'compact' format) to the right of each ancestor?  Descendant list icons would also be helpful.  I also assume these new compact trees will be live with a url which can be e-mailed to others or embeded in a Web page, etc.

I think the key is to minimize wasted space and still be readable.

Sincerely, Peter
Whilst I can't seem to get the URL to work for me this looks good.  Will the link be viewable when you send it by email or will there be privacy issues?
There is now a Compact Tree link from the Tree & Tools nav page and from the pull-down nav menu at the top of any person-related page.

Veronica, this is fully shareable! Check out the new help page  http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Compact_Family_Tree for the privacy details.

3 Answers

+4 votes
Yes please
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
+2 votes
The table format is certainly nicer than the text format.
by Kirsty Ward G2G6 Mach 3 (31.0k points)
Unless I'm misunderstanding your meaning, yes, the "table" version looks nicer, but it takes up much more space. To be honest, I don't see what value a table format widget would add over the already-existing WikiTree "family tree" format, whereas having an option to display the tree in text format, as in the OP's link, gets a lot more family members into the picture.
+3 votes
While I wouldn't want to lose the format we have now, I would like the option of a tree that goes back more generations. I'm interested in seeing potential connections between ancestral lines, also areas that need more work.

Chris, if we could do nine generations, that could be amazing!

I think Bob Fields' suggestion to call it an Extended Ancestor Tree is a good one.
by Carole Partridge G2G6 Mach 7 (70.5k points)

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