In Relationship Finder, can there be an adjustment made, to enable a search from a profile, to a surname.

+4 votes
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This would make it possible to search and find if a name which you may be inquirying about, may be connected to your family, without needing to know a specific profile. It shouldn't be much more taxing on the system than the current relationship finder. Of course, it would be more taxing on the system to search for connections between to surnames, and probably not helpful. A search result may need to find a multiple list of connections, because you may already have one connection to a name, but be searching for another one outside of the one you already know.

Thoughts?
in WikiTree Tech by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Pilot (118k points)

2 Answers

+6 votes
Since you need to know a specific profile, just search with the normal search mechanism and select the profile and the relationship is at the bottom. Not much more complicated than what you are suggesting.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (424k points)
The problem is, with the name which I was trying to see, which I was told could be up our family tree somewhere, is that there are over 600 people with that surname. It is completely impractical to go through 600 profiles, checking each one, if they have a connection to a profile I already know. A quick ability with the Relationship finder, to search between either two profiles, or a profile and a surname, would make the process much quicker, and open up other options to wikitree members.
+3 votes
Basically it makes a sorted list of all the ancestors of the 1st profile, and the 2nd, and then compares the two lists looking for common ancestors.

So I suppose, having made itself a list of all the ancestors of the 1st profile, it could then compare that with any other list it's got handy, eg a surname search list or a category.

This would tell you whether anybody on the list is a direct ancestor of your target profile.

This has potential.  For instance, at present, if you want to know if you're descended from a Mayflower passenger, or a Duke of Normandy, or a Magna Carta baron, you can start trawling your tree, but you don't know which direction to go, and most directions will be dead ends, and you get lost in all the backtracking.  The Quick Links help, but you have to go through the list.

If you could just compare your complete ancestor list with the Normandie surname list or the relevant category, you'd have the answer.

So long as people don't try it with all the Unknowns or Unsourced profiles.  Which they will.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (568k points)
edited by Anonymous Horace

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