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 four individuals at a time, including the Profile of the Week, a featured profile from the Example Gallery, and a Member of the Week, a featured member from the Member Gallery.
We call these four our "Connection Anchors." For these anchors, 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. We need this unfortunate limitation to conserve processing resources.
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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