A few months ago did some updating to their website and their family tree features.  One of the new features they introduced was a “view relationship to me” button.  I was so excited when I found this new feature.  I knew my tree had a great deal of erroneous connections and people that were no longer connected to anyone that needed to be weeded out.  At one point I started to make a new, leaner family tree but my heart was still in my first tree…I just didn’t want to start all the way over from scratch even though I went a little overboard (ok WAY overboard) with my tree as I started my research.

I have spent the last several months going person by person through my entire tree using this button.  I think I have removed somewhere around 4000 people from my tree that were not connected or were only connected by marriage to one extremely distant cousin and really didn’t need to be in my tree any longer.  Today, I am FINALLY 100% finished with going through all the people in my tree.  As I type this I believe I have one family left to sort through and that will only take about 15 minutes of my time.  Now I will have to start this process over unfortunately because as I deleted some families I missed the spouse and children of the children I deleted…so I have to double check one more time.  I know that will take a couple of more months of gradual work to get through but it will be quicker this time because I won’t have millions of hints popping up for everyone anymore (Ive already sorted through the majority of those).  I have also changed the last names of my direct ancestors (or at least 90% of them) to all capitals so I can find my direct line more quickly as I look at the lists of names.

I can’t wait to get back to the point that I can start digging deeper for more information about my main family lines and try to answer some of the questions that I have and better trace their migrations.  But first I want to make sure the people in my tree is as clean and lean as possible…


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