I was wondering if anyone else is making new discoveries using Ancestry's new Thrulines feature.
In brief, I have found many new ancestors using Thrulines, and in fact have broken down 4 of the 6 major brick walls in my family -- this after doing 40 years of research!
Of these 4 brick walls, 3 were situations where I suspected the target family, but did not know the line of descent. In the 4th case, an entirely new, unexpected but seemingly correct ancestor as appeared as my 5th great grandfather, In this case, no researcher of the family had ever considered this person as a possible ancestor. Yet the paper trail is convincing, and makes perfect sense.
Typical matches through Thrulines might be:
10 matches through 3 children of an ancestor
30 matches through 5 children of an ancestor, and even
180 matches through 12 children of an ancestor.
I have read some of the comments about Thrulines here, and am surprised how negative some of it is, I do understand that it is possible to get a false lead (for example, an aunt appearing as a direct ancestor, or a disproven ancestor who is on 100 trees showing up as your 5th great grandfather). But I am finding the opposite experience -- confirmation of earlier research, plausible new ancestors, and literal breakthoughs were decades of brick walls have suddenly opened up.