Benjamin Franklin

Family Tree & Genealogy Tools for Benjamin Franklin

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This is a pedigree chart for Ben [Franklin-1]. There are additional tools below.

* Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790
Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts Bay

Brother of Elizabeth Franklin, Samuel Franklin, Hannah (Franklin) Cole, Josiah Franklin, Joseph Franklin I, Anne (Franklin) Harris, Joseph Franklin II, John Franklin Sr, Peter Franklin, Mary (Franklin) Homes, James Franklin, Sarah (Franklin) Davenport, Ebenezer Franklin, Thomas Franklin, Lydia (Franklin) Scott and Jane (Franklin) Mecom

Husband of Deborah (Read) Franklin

Father of William Franklin, Francis Folger Franklin and Sarah (Franklin) Bache

Josiah E Franklin ancestors
28 Dec 1656 - 16 Jan 1745
Ecton, Northamptonshire, England
Thomas Franklin ancestors
abt 08 Oct 1598 - abt 24 Mar 1682
Ecton, Northamptonshire, England
* Henry Franklin ancestors
26 May 1573 - 23 Oct 1631
Ecton, Northamptonshire, England
* Thomas Franklin more treemore tree ancestors
abt 1542 - 11 Aug 1598
* Margaret Meadows more tree ancestors
abt 1543 - abt 1575
* Agnes Joanes James ancestors
abt 1574 - 29 Jan 1646
Ecton, Northamptonshire, England
* [James g-g-grandfather?]
* [James g-g-grandmother?]
Jane White ancestors
01 Jan 1617 - 30 Oct 1662
Ecton, Northamptonshire, England
Thomas White ancestors
abt 1595 -
of Ecton, Northamptonshire, England
* [White g-g-grandfather?]
* [White g-g-grandmother?]
* [White great-grandmother?] *
Abiah Lee Folger ancestors
15 Aug 1667 - 08 May 1752
Nantucket, Nantucket, Province of Massachusetts
Peter Folger ancestors
abt Apr 1617 - 1690
Norwich, Norfolk, England
* John Folger ancestors
abt 1593 - abt 1660
Norwich, Norfolk, England
* John Folgier ancestors
bef 1570 -
* Elizabeth UNKNOWN ancestors
bef 1573 -
* Meribell Gibbs ancestors
abt 1595 - abt 1664
Norwich, Norfolk, England
* John Gibbs more tree ancestors
1565 - 1608
* Alice Elmy more treemore tree ancestors
1574 - 1658
Mary Morrill ancestors
abt 1619 - 1704
* [Morrill great-grandfather?] *
* [Morrill great-grandmother?] *

Here is a collection of tools for genealogists with an interest in Ben's family history.

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Ancestor List for Ben Franklin ahnenlist
Uses the "ahnen" numbering system and presents seven generations in plain text.

Ancestor Explorer [independent app]
View or download a list of up to 20 generations of ancestors who meet a wide variety of criteria, map them, and more.

Compact Family Tree
Packed with eight generations — up to 254 ancestors — along with birth and death dates and locations. The downside is that it's not a conventional tree format; it may take a couple minutes to orient yourself.

How many degrees of separation are between Ben and Henry VIII (or anyone else)? This Connection Finder includes relationships through marriage, so it is not a genealogical cousin calculator like our Relationship Finder, but it's a fun way to illustrate how closely we're all connected.

Descendant List descendants
Up to five generations of children and grandchildren of Ben along with their spouses.

DNA Ancestors and DNA Descendants DNA view
Designed to help you use genetic testing to confirm and expand Ben's genealogy. The DNA Ancestors page shows the specific ancestors from whom Ben gets his Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA. Especially helpful for some serious genetic genealogists is the inheritance pattern for Ben's X chromosome, also shown here. The DNA Descendants page shows exactly who has inherited Ben's testable DNA.

DNA Ancestor Confirmation Aid check mark
A step beyond the DNA Ancestors and DNA Descendants views. The ambitious goal: scientific confirmation of each parent-child relationship in Ben's tree.

Dynamic Tree
Expands to include an unlimited number of generations of parents and children. You can zoom in or out and pan around for the perfect view as you browse.

Dynamic Tree by Topola [independent app]
Advanced visualization tools plus downloading and printing capabilities.

Family Group Sheet family group sheet
Simple page to illustrate nuclear families based on marriages. Handy when someone had children from more than one marriage.

Family List
Flexible tool for viewing more ancestors and/or descendants on one page than anywhere else on WikiTree.

Fan ChartFan Chart [independent app]
Lots of options for display, color, and sharing, including DNA inheritance, print with PDF, and other views such as "Fractal H-Trees" and "Relative SpiderWebs."

Images of Ben photos
Photographs and source images for Ben. Please contact the profile managers if you have any to add.

Index of Franklins
Shows all the Franklins on WikiTree. Useful for genealogists with an interest in the surname that goes beyond Ben. There are a variety of connected tools, such as Franklin DNA Connections and FRANKLIN G2G.

Map Navigator SampleLocation Maps map pin [independent apps]
Here are quick links to mapping websites:
      Birth: Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts Bay on Google Maps | Open Street Map.
      Marriage: Unknown.
      Death: Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States of America on Google Maps | Open Street Map.
WikiTree+'s Map Navigator can plot Ben's ancestors or descendants on a map.

Printer-Friendly Tree printable tree
Parallel to the pedigree chart above but optimized for printing. Can be used as a fill-in-the-blanks form.

Profile of Ben
The central place for organizing and viewing information and sources. Whenever you see Ben's name on WikiTree it will be linked to the profile at where Franklin-1 is Ben's unique WikiTree ID.

Profile Overview [independent app]
Dig into the contents of WikiTree profiles in a completely different way.

Relationship Finder Find Relationship
Enter Franklin-1 and any other WikiTree ID to find the genealogical relationship between Ben and the other person. It will name the relationship, e.g. "third cousin twice removed," and show the trail of connections to a common ancestor. Although not everyone on WikiTree shares common ancestors, finding and connecting them is our ultimate goal. See the Relationship Finder Quick Links to check for relationships to US presidents, Mayflower passengers, Magna Carta Sureties and more.

Research with RootsSearch [independent app]
Automatically search for Ben on more than 20 different genealogy websites with the RootsSearch app.

Share Tree on Facebook shareable tree
Download and share an attractive family tree image. This is a great way to elicit information and photo sharing from family and old friends. You might be surprised at who replies. The "Wikid Shareable Tree" is another option. You can just copy and paste the URL into your favorite social network.

Surnames surnames
A quick reference sheet with seven generations of Ben's family names.

WikiTree Tools

Here are additional tools to help genealogists collaborate on WikiTree to grow Ben's family history.

Activity Feed
Here you can view the additions and changes that WikiTree members have made to Ben's profile so far.

Bio Check [independent app]
Scan for missing sources and opportunities to improve profiles.

Edit Profile and Relationships edit
Ben's edit page is the central location for adding information and correcting mistakes. Is there anything you can add or improve upon? Since you're not logged-in yet you can't make changes directly. Contact the profile managers. Please don't go away without giving us your information and sources. Thank you!

Family Tree Widgets family tree widgets
If you're a blogger who's writing a post about Ben or have a Franklin family website or surname website you can include one of these widgets to illustrate his tree.

Privacy Setting privacy
You'll notice colored privacy icons in search results, the Franklin surname index, etc. The white dot for Ben indicates that his profile is Open. Only the profile manager can edit this setting.

Tests of Ben's DNA
If Ben's DNA (not a family member's or descendant's DNA) has been tested for genealogical purposes the test or tests should be selected here. This will automatically create connections on the profiles of Ben's relatives where the test may be useful for confirming relationships. It's very valuable for advanced genealogy. To add tests you need to be on Ben's Trusted List.

Trusted List
This shows you the WikiTree members who have full power to access and edit Ben's information. Use it to see who else shares your interest in Ben and receives updates about changes to the profile. The Relationship Finder icon links Find Relationship next their names will show you their relationship to Ben.


Here are ways to connect and communicate with genealogists regarding Ben's profile, especially if you're unable to collaborate directly using the WikiTree Tools above.

Ask a Question about Ben
WikiTree's Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum is where genealogists help each other. If you have a question about Ben and would like to seek help from the wider community — not just Ben's friends and family — post it here.  

Comment on Profile Message Board
Ben's profile, like all WikiTree profiles, has a section for public comments. This is the best place to put anything you'd like seen by all genealogists who are interested in Ben. Profile managers are alerted to new comments via email, everyone on the Trusted List will see a notice about it in their activity feeds, and people who visit Ben's profile in the future will see your comment. You will need to login to post.

E-Card for Ben
Any image uploaded to WikiTree can be sent as a free e-card, including photos of Ben or scans of vintage postcards. An e-card can be a great way to tell a genealogist or family member about what's here.

Private Message — Directly Contact Profile Manager private message
Here you can send a private message to a Wiki Genealogist managing Ben's profile. If there are multiple managers or genealogists involved, you will need to send separate messages. Unless your information is sensitive it's better to post a public comment. Login to post.

Trusted List Request Form
If you're a genealogist with a special interest in collaborating on Ben's profile, join the Trusted List. The profile is Open so you don't need to be on the Trusted List to edit or improve upon it. You only need to join if you want to receive updates about him in your activity feeds or complete merges. You will need to login first.

If you have sourced information about Ben, the WikiTree community thanks you in advance for not leaving here without sharing it. :-) We are on a mission to connect the human family on one free yet reliable and privacy-controlled tree. Although we will never be finished, we make amazing progress every day because tens of thousands of good genealogists are willing to help.