Did you see the change to your surnames page?

+35 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

Surname lists are now divided into blue paternal and pink maternal sides.

To see yours, click the Surnames link in the Genealogy Research section of your Family Tree and Tools page. 

Some members like to share their surname list with DNA matches. A link to it is given as an alternative to the Compact Family Tree view in the copy-and-paste sample message text for sending to matches that appears on your DNA tests page (if you have taken an autosomal test).

As a matter of fact, today's change was requested by the one-and-only Kitty (Cooper) Smith, a founder of WikiTree's DNA Project and a tireless advocate for the integration of genetic genealogy into our single family tree project. Kitty suggested that this change would make the surname pages even simpler for matches to review. She hoped to have the change made in time for a presentation she's giving on "WikiTree and DNA" next week, and Jamie Nelson whipped it up. Thank you, Kitty and Jamie!

Onward and upward,


in The Tree House by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
do we have the option of turning this off if we so chose?
This is excellent.

Thank you WikTree for all the time and effort that went into producing this.

I know that family trees, DNA etc are ongoing work in progress so hopefully I can add to this and enhance further research and family links.
yes, a handy addition! Thanks!

5 Answers

+10 votes
Thanks Jamie and Chris!  It is much easier to understand now.
by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (546k points)
+8 votes
Thanks Kitty and Jamie...oh and you too Chris!  Mags
by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (524k points)
+3 votes
Sorry Chris, I'm not sure what I'm meant to be seeing.

In my list all the females are pink, and males blue, but I got the impression from your post that all my maternal ancestors would be pink (regardless of gender) and all my paternal ancestors blue?
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (453k points)
Were you looking at this page? https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Atkinson-107/10

It looks correct to me.
Thanks Jamie and sorry, I was looking at the Family List
+4 votes
I'm sorry but it looks like a whole bunch of mass confusion to me ... I don't see any plus factors to it what-so-ever.
by Garry McLaughlin G2G1 (1.2k points)
+3 votes
Great idea! Thanks for implementing this change!
by Steven Bohlen G2G6 Mach 1 (12.5k points)

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