Categories: WikiTree Help
What's a Degree?
The Connection Finder finds connections between people by looking in all directions: parents, siblings, children and spouses.
Because it includes relationships through marriage, it is not a genealogical cousin calculator. For this we have the Relationship Finder.
We call each step in a connection — each parent, sibling, child, or spouse in a chain of relationships that connects two people — a "degree of separation."
100 Degrees of ...
The Connection Finder is optimized to work for five individuals at a time:
- Kevin Bacon, as a play on the classic Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game.
- Queen Elizabeth II, just because.
- The Profile of the Week, a project-managed profile from the Example Gallery.
- The Member of the Week, the "Meet Our Members" featured member.
We sometimes call these "Connection Anchors."
The Connection Finder was originally created as part of our community's effort to help AJ Jacobs make connections for the 2015 Global Family Reunion. AJ was removed from the Connection Finder in January 2017 but will be added back when the Global Family Reunion is in the news again.
For the individuals above, the Connection Finder will instantly generate the closest connection within 100 degrees.
10 Degrees of Everyone Else
The Connection Finder will work for any two people on WikiTree, but it will only find the connection if they're within 10 degrees of each other.
New Connections Found Tomorrow
If you add a new connection today, it will appear in the Connection Finder tomorrow.
In order to provide instant results out to 100 degrees for the individuals mentioned above, we build a special database once a day. It's rebuilt late at night.
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