Have you seen the Family History Technology Lab?

+11 votes

I was surprised I had not see this site before.  (I found it on Jana's Genealogy blog).

Family History Technology Lab

It has some very interesting tools.

One in particular caught my interest Grandma's Pie.

This pie plots your ethnicity based on your findings in your tree (if it is on Family Search).  It gives you your Ethinic breakdown percentages for each generations up to 8 generations.

I would love to hear from our DNA experts if we can do a comparision between this pie and our DNA ethinic break down.  Can we potentially remove the known ancestors and guess at the missing ancestors?  For example.  I have a lot of known German ancestry and a high percentage of Unknown Irish Ancestry.  Can I remove the known German ancestors and focus on the unknown Ancestors and have an estimated idea that they are likely Irish.  If so, I can focus my research on Irish Ancestors?

asked in The Tree House by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (360k points)

1 Answer

+4 votes
Best answer
Grandma's Pie is a really interesting and fun feature.  It would be great if one of WikiTree's tech volunteers would do something similar with one's WikiTree ancestry.

Regarding a comparison of Grandma's Pie with an ethnicity pie chart using autosomal DNA --- I wonder about someone who has ancestry on all branches from one country  for "250" years.  Grandma's Pie would show no variety, but the ethnicity pie would almost always be much different since autosomal inheritance is from a much longer time scale. However I can imagine that WikiTree's version of Grandma's Pie could take into account percentages of the country of birth for for all known ancestors (not just back 250 years).
answered by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (428k points)
selected by Michael Stills
I've not been able to use it. It seems the server is overwhelmed...  I am looking forward to trying it out!

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