How names are generated on Family List

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A week ago I received from Wiki Tree what is titled "Your Family List". I am uncertain what caused the list to be generated. It only contains 42 names and I have over 280 names on my family tree on Wiki Tree. While inspecting the names on the Family List I noticed that I had never heard of 12 of the people listed and have no reason to believe they were in fact related to my family.

But two names stand out from a historical perspective: My ancestor was Robert Ellis b. 1650 in Merionethshire, Cymru. He did interact with one of the questioned names, Rowland Ellis. Rowland Ellis (a surname) was from a well to do family, my Robert (ap) Ellis, is listed in Quaker history as a "poor farmer". They did know one another as they were Quaker Elders in the "Welsh Tract". But, there was no marriage between their children.

Had the name "Ellis Pugh" shown on the "Family List" it would have made sense as he too was involved with the Quakers in both Merionethshire and the home land. He was related to my family as one of his daughters married into my family.

So just how did Rowland Ellis end up on my Family List with several other names I recognize from the mid to late 1600's but NOT related to my family but the name of another person from the same area and era was NOT ?  918/2017
in WikiTree Tech by Roger Roberts G2G2 (2.1k points)
retagged by Jillaine Smith
May be off topic but is Pugh a Welsh name?  (I don't understand the homeland reference.)  She's not my ancestor but I'd like to know more about an ancestor's first wife, Penelope Pew/Pugh, since it might give clues about her husband.  Post a comment on my page if you want to discuss it more.  I'm basically a fish out of water when it comes to researching the other side of the pond.

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That Family List you describe is a list available under the tab that is labeled with your ID. Yours is at https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:FamilyList&p=11462546

The 42 people on that list include you and 41 other people who are connected in WikiTree as your direct ancestors within 10 generations. It does not include the aunts, uncles, cousins, and spouses who many of consider to be part of our family trees. However, at the top of the screen there's an option to add siblings of your ancestors to the list; when I did that for your list I got 105 people. And if you are looking for ancestors previous to the last 10 generations, you can increase the number of generations on the list.

If there are people on the list that you don't recognize as ancestors, it's possibly that another WikiTreer connected them as parents to one of your known ancestors. (Maybe a distant cousin found some additional ancestors for you!) If the list is missing some of your direct ancestors, it's possible that someone changed the parents on one of your ancestors.

If changing the options on your list doesn't resolve your concerns, I suggest that you explore the names on the list -- and look at the change histories on the profiles to see if they've had new families members added, or old family members deleted. Hopefully you'll find that other members have improved your tree, but mistakes happen sometimes...
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Deb Durham
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Rowland is your 7th great grandfather, great grandfather of Jane (Lee) Roberts. Robert is your 6th great grandfather, grandfather of Moses Roberts who married Jane (Lee) Roberts.

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Except, Rowland Ellis doesn't seem to have actually had a son called Thomas.  Must be one of those "non-genealogical" children.  Can we have a flag for that?
Minor details! lol, I didn't check all the facts, just tried to figure out why he showed in the family list.

Junk genealogy strikes again!
Looking at the change log for Thomas, Rowland was added as Thomas' father back in 2015, so he's been there awhile.

The sourced profile of Rowland lists children in the narrative.  Thomas is not among them.

Thomas needs a disputed origins section that includes a link to Rowland. I can guess that the theory is supported by the same last name, both being quakers (Is this documented for Thomas?), both settling in Pennsylvania. But that is insufficient. Once the disputed origins section is complete, Rowland and his wife should be detached as parents from Thomas and Thomas should be profile-protected so that parents are not re-attached without due process.
Even on Find A Grave, the memorial manager has stated that Thomas is not the son of Rowland.

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