[bksvol-discuss] Re: Family Tree Charts vs Pedigree or Ancestry Charts

I guess all the Little House books are very popular, all three of my local libraries have copies of Down to the Bonny Glen (though the copy at the nearest library says "not yet returned" wonder if that's a polite way of saying overdue). I'll take a look at it and let you know if the family tree is within my capacity. If it doesn't have too many generations or cross-links (people marrying cousins and the like), I might be able to break it into several ancestry trees and then explain the relationships of the roots of those. No guarantees, but I'll check.


Misha

On 7/17/2010 12:40 PM, Judy s. wrote:
Hi all,

As Scott and Melissa mentioned, I created a way to convert a pedigree or ancestry into an understandable written description. As of today it's available at:

https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/4.8+A.+Creating+Written+Descriptions+of+Pedigree+and+Ancestor+Charts

I couldn't have done it without the helpful feedback of other volunteers on what worked and what didn't work, including Melissa and Shelley, and their help is deeply appreciated. smile.

Family trees are different again from pedigree and ancestry charts, and I don't have a way yet to easily and consistently describe those. A pedigree chart or ancestry chart lets you track back all the direct parentage of a specific individual. A family tree, in contrast, displays all the relatives of a specific individual, going back several generations. So a pedigree chart will show parents, and grandparents and then grandgrandparents, for example, while a family tree will show every single relative that's known, by blood and by marriage, to that individual. It's much more complicated, and can get insanely convoluted when showing, for example, how two individuals are related to each other several generations back through something like third cousins once removed! smile.

I am still working to see if I can come up with a technique to help create consistent and understandable written descriptions for the more complicated family tree charts and graphics. Jamie Yates has already shared some ideas based on a book she worked on. And I've got some ideas from my mathematician/statistician husband, who is helping. All suggestions or ideas on how to create a description of a family tree are welcome! Send them to me at: cherryjame@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . So far, I've contacted several genealogy experts and the Mormon church, with no luck. None of them know how to create these kinds of descriptions for the blind and print disabled. But with all the shared experiences in this community, I'm hopeful that we can find a way to do it. smile. Fingers crossed!

Judy s.
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