Not feeling like doing any more actual work today, I just opened Ancestry for the first time in a couple of days and got this.
I did not ask for it. I do not want it. My tree looked fine before. It worked fine before.
Except for the fact that a lot of search capabilities I’d like to have are missing. I’d like to be able to find things like:
- How many lines I have going back at least, say, 10 generations? Or pick a number.
- The earliest ancestor identified on a given line.
- Where, proportionally, my known ancestors actually lived, say, four centuries ago.
- How many people I have on the tree — across the tree, not just in one line or the other — who lived in, say, the 17th century.
Why? Because I’m curious just how much of my tree is missing. If you go back 10 or 11 or 12 generations, what percentage of the full tree is actually identified? I’m guessing it would be less than 1 percent. The people identified tend to be the ones who were wealthier, more prominent, especially the ones who have their own Wikipedia pages.
This can give you the wrong impression about your tree — that it’s full of big shots. And I don’t want that.
And I’m just curious to know how many people in history have just…disappeared.
But I can’t do things like that, which you would think I would be able to do with a decently-constructed database.
I mean, maybe I can, but I haven’t been able to find that out. If you embarrass me by showing me how to do it, I’ll be grateful.
Anyway, until you give me some stuff like that, hold off on the pointless cosmetic remakes. Especially when they don’t even look better…