In famous people connections, why do all five flow through the same person back to me about 8 generations back?

+7 votes
I looked at the degrees of connection to Queen Elizabeth, Emelia Earhardt, Meghan Markle, and a couple of others posted recently. all seem to flow through one family ancestor only. It seems to be too much to be coincidence, but I assume now a flaw somewhere. Thoughts?
in WikiTree Tech by Robert Schott G2G6 (9.7k points)

3 Answers

+6 votes
Same for me. My guess is that it is because that ancestor is connected to a very well researched person or family. Wikitree has only 13 million / 7+ billion people, so probably you are connected through many other relatives through people not yet added to the tree.
by Shawn Ligocki G2G6 Mach 3 (30.3k points)
+5 votes
No flaw, just a result of the vagaries of migrations. I'm connected to the tree through my wife only, and so are several thousand of my family members, all of whom would be connected to these notables through exactly the same person, my wife.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (613k points)
+1 vote
I have traced my family back to all my Great grandparents BUT when I use Connection Finder it ALWAYS goes through my Father, his sister, her husband, his brother and so on. Never through my Mothers side of the family although both family sides were quite prolific, one family from south England one from the north.

It cannot be coincidence, and I cannot find a satisfactory explanation .

by Living Cartwright G2G Crew (820 points)

When you next do a connection and it goes through your father - click on the little X in the top right hand corner of his box, and he will be removed from the path (not from WT!).  Hopefull, the connection will then go through your mother.

Also, in your next use of the Connection Finder, notice that there is a list of filters you can use:

  (also see Relationship Finder).   

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