Which is better in connecting a profile? More ancestors or more in-laws?

+5 votes
I have lots of ancestors to add in various lines, but is this the best approach when trying to connect a person or family to the big tree, or is adding children to existing ancestors and adding their spouses?  For some reason I tend to run out of ancestors to add before I find a connection,  And doing children and spouses mean they're more recent and there are likely more sources to find.  

Any connectors out there who would share their experience?
in The Tree House by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (407k points)

3 Answers

+6 votes
I like to go all the way back on a surname line and then work on spouses' surname lines, starting with the oldest ancestor on the original surname line and moving back up the original surname line. This way, if I find a connection, they are still my direct ancestors (v. cousins). (In doing spouses' surname lines, I think starting with the oldest generation and moving back up the line may be more fruitful because I think older generations are more likely to have close relatives with existing profiles in wikitree.) In addition, however, for each parent profile I create with children in addition to my direct ancestor, I'll do a search on wikitree to see if any of the other children have an existing profile, which I can they connect to the parent profile I just created.
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (209k points)
edited by Chase Ashley
I take a similar approach, although I start with both parents, then grandparents, and then I go up the paternal line as far as I can get it. I like to have a nice selection of surnames to choose from in case I hit a jackpot with one of the original 4 names through the grandparents.
+4 votes
Most of the names I have at WikiTree are for my direct ancestors, with a few siblings added in. My brother-in-law has mostly information on his ancestors  It would probably be good to combine his information with mine to show a more complete family record.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
+4 votes
Depends on who is interested.  Over my years of collaborating, I've found and worked with some very distant cousins whom I've really enjoyed knowing.  And my family has a way of taking in in-laws and adopting them and/or marrying more of them. So the lines interweave a lot. If I'm stuck at a brick wall, the inlaws can sometimes help.  

In short, I tend to work on what's interesting to me and to others I know. I don't focus a lot on connecting to the big tree.  It will happen when it happens. It has happened for my husband's family.
by Mary Jensen G2G6 Mach 9 (97.5k points)

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