Have you checked how you are connected to Anne Frank and Ellen Smith this week?

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Every week you can find two new connections in our Connection Finder.

Each Tuesday, we showcase a WikiTreer in a Meet our Members feature on our blog and they also get spotlighted in the Connection Finder for that week.

This week it’s Ellen Smith.

Member of the Week: Ellen Smith helps moderate our G2G forumand is a valuable contributor to many projects. "It's been wonderful to experience how collaborative genealogy in WikiTree makes all of us better genealogists," she says in her blog interview. "Collaboration on our shared ancestors encourages us to share information and to hold each other to high standards."  Check your connection.

We also highlight what we call an Example Profile of the Week.

These profiles are top-notch and meet the styles and standards criteria that the community has agreed upon. The notable whose profile is used as an example is also featured in the Connection Finder for that week.

Spotlighted this week: Anne Frank (1929-1945), whose diary has put a human face on the Holocaust for millions of readers.Check your connection.!

And of course you can always see your connection to our standard connection anchors, Queen Elizabeth II and Kevin Bacon.

Follow the tag connection_finder for weekly updates on connections.

in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
yes they are great and fun to look at, but when it comes down to the Important things, in life, I am unsure how often I want to look at them.

Well, it's been interesting being a Connection Finder target these last few days.

And I see serious value in this feature. When I check my connections n Connection Finder, I skim over at the connection paths to see how I'm connected to people. If a connection looks unusual, I generally look more closely to see the details, and sometimes that leads to the discovery of bogus connections (for example, husband and wife born 100 years apart who lived their entire lives on different continents) that I can try to fix to help improve the overall quality of WikiTree. Connection Finder induces some of us to poke into nooks and crannies of the website that may not be getting much attention otherwise.

This week, I was able to follow the connection trails from me to lots of different WikiTree members and famous people In the process, I discovered three different bogus connections needing to be fixed. Two of these three bad connections appeared to be attributable to MatchBot -- MatchBot had "matched" pairs of people who weren't even remotely the same, and a human member had dutifully merged the profiles. These merges didin't happen all that long ago, which leads me to think we need better warnings on MatchBot matches. And after this experience, I just might get in the habit of looking at more Connection Finder connections in the future.

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I'm 33 from Anne and 18 from Ellen... outstanding!

On top of that, I'm Ellen's 8th cousin :)

Thanks for the fun Eowyn!
by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (605k points)
I'm Ellen's 9th cousin once removed.
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Only 20 to Ellen & 33 to Anne.....small world!
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
And on top of that, Doug and I are 9th cousins once removed.
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36 to Anne and 19 to Ellen.
by John Susnir G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
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YES, Ellen and I are 11th cousins!  Congratulations Ellen on being selected as member of the week.  You surely deserve it.  And thanks for all the collaborating you've done with me.  I appreciate it.

No relationship with Anne Frank.
by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (217k points)
Thanks, cousin Cheryl. You and I are just 19 steps apart in Connection Finder (that includes some relationships by marriage) -- and you are 36 steps to Anne Frank.
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Above I wrote about some serious value from this weekly Connection Finder.

But it's also been fun. By looking at some of those unusual Connection Finder connections, I was treated to some profiles where my fellow WikiTree members had documented the fascinating stories of people whose lives spanned across geographic, political and cultural boundaries. If you have the time, check out the biographies of Henry Fitch and his wife Josefa Carrillo. Also Peter Kemble, his daughter Margaret, and Margaret's husband Thomas Gage. Thanks to the people who've created and maintained such interesting content!

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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9th cousins to Ellen, nothing to Anne Frank. Connection isn’t there yet.
by Alice Glassen G2G6 Mach 2 (29.5k points)

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