How do I view most distant relative in a line and see all of their descendants?

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I want to create a descendant list like there is on Rootsweb WorldConnect in register mode. Is there a way to do this or something close on WikiTree?

I tried by going to my most distant relative, but for some reason my line is not included in the descendant profile list. Does this mean a link is missing or there is a duplicate that needs to be merged somewhere along the tree? If I link going up the tree shouldn't it show coming down the tree as well?

If I could achieve this, I could copy and paste all the descendant lists in a single Word document, and when searching trees on Gedmatch and coming across a name that keeps cropping up, I could do a Ctrl-F for that name to hopefully find the connection. Because I would enter a heading with my most my most recent surname and most distant for each line. I should then be able to find what branch they fit and check that against my Matching Segments page.

 Why aren't the descendants in my tree showing up in my most distant relatives tree for that line?

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
WikiTree profile: Barbara Shoff
asked in WikiTree Tech by Barbara Shoff G2G6 Mach 1 (19.8k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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The Descendants List only shows 5 generations. Click on the each person of the 5th generation and if they have descendants then it will take you down the line (5 generations) for that line.  This will result in a large number of pages.

The Family List shows more generations but not in a genealogy format, just a list of names within x amount of generations.

I would also like a longer (generation wise) of the descendants list and also a Register Report.
answered by James LaLone G2G6 Mach 5 (52.9k points)
selected by Andreas West
James LaLone, do I click on each person within the 5 generations? I don't have a problem copying and pasting to "build" my own report. I want to view all the descendants within that line so I can see exactly how they fit as well as be able to do an index search.

Basically, I want a master list of surnames linked to that line, much like I have in my gedcom program index.
Yes, each person of the 5 generation, I know, what a pain, plus it does not show the whole picture, every 5th generation you start a new branch.  This does not create a listing of the surnames you are researching.  I think to create an index you would have to cut and paste, then code the surnames in your word file to print out an index.  I am not real technological oriented, there may be other ways to do it but I haven't run across it yet.
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I'm not familiar with WorldConnect register mode, but I think you are looking to see the descendancy path between yourself and one particular distant ancestor (possibly Brady or Simonton, since you used those tags on your question). Have you tried using Relationship Finder? If you put yourself in one box and your ancestor of interest in the other box, it should show you a relationship path. If it's a really distant ancestor, you may need to ask it to search 30 generations, but since you are talking about DNA and Gedmatch, that's probably not relevant.

answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (892k points)
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When looking at your family tree scroll down and check out the "Genealogy Research" section.  Perhaps the Family List would be helpfull, or the Dynamic Family Tree or the Ahnentafel Ancester List.

Good luck!
answered by Erik Granstrom G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)

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