An interesting article appeared in the April issue of the Science journal. This article touched upon several discussions based upon the world’s largest family tree, that is, 13 million people going back 11 generations.
One analysis suggested that people on average married their fourth cousin before the Industrial Revolution. After the Industrial Revolution, people married partners from within a 60 mile radius in the US or an 18 mile radius in Europe and yet, they were still distantly related to one another.
Talk about six degrees of separation as discussed in my recent post (by the way, six degrees of separation is just another way of saying it's a small world).
The tool used for this particular research were the 86 million public profiles from the genealogy website, geni.com.
This raises the question whether the accuracy of these profiles would’ve made any difference to draw such a conclusion.
Over the years I have seen numerous family trees in various ancestry and personal websites, more so with ancestries from my country of birth and from Tasmania as well. Not all of them are accurate but there are some good ones out there too.
One of the better ones is from a local, Alison Heathorn. In my view, her website is comprehensive, well researched and by far one of the most accurate. So if you’re looking for anyone in particular who came from the Northwest, I would highly recommend this website as a good place to start (see link).
No doubt there are other websites that are just as good, and I would certainly welcome any recommendations on genealogy websites with a focus on the Tasmanian Northwest. If there is sufficient interest, I will start up a new page as a tool of reference for those who are seeking out their ancestors.
Given that Australia is still a relatively young country, I don't think we'll find an ancestry covering 11 generations. But I could be proven wrong.
At left is a family tree comprising 6,000 people spanning seven generations. Marriages are represented in red. At right is a family tree representing 70,000 people (Columbia University). In an interview, Yaniv Erlich, who led the study, suggested that one needs to go back 75 generations or so to connect everyone in the world (The Atlantic).
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