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Relationship calculators in FTM and Ancestry don't agree

Relationship calculators in FTM and Ancestry don't agree

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 12:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Do any of you find that the relationship calculators in FTM and Ancestry don't always agree when you are several generations back? For example, on Ancestry on of my ancestors is calculated as the 19th great grandfather of my 21st great grandfather while in FTM he is calculated as my 43rd grandfather. This happens quite frequently and you don't have to be all that far back. I talked to an Ancestry agent about it and was just given the brush off saying it wasn't important. Well, it's important to me. I work with Hints in Ancestry because it's easier than doing it in FTM and do everything else in FTM because it does a lot of things that Ancestry can't. So when I check the relationship in Ancestry and get an answer like the above I have to go back to FTM because I believe it is the accurate one. I may not want the ancestor in my tree if it the way Ancestry describes it but I do want my 43rd grandfather. My trees are synced so there should be no disparity. I would like to see Ancestry calculate correctly.

Re: Relationship calculators in FTM and Ancestry don't agree

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 2:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Do you have cousins marrying in this example?

FTM will calculate both the nearest and all the relationships and there is a drop down box in the FTM relationship calculator.

I think that the Ancestry calculator only calculates the direct relationship?

So are you comparing apples with apples?

John D

Re: Relationship calculators in FTM and Ancestry don't agree

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 6:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
John, I think it is the other way around. FTM is calculating that ancestor as my 43rd GGF while Ancestry is calculating him as the 19th GGF of my 21th GGF, which certainly is not the most direct relationship. The same thing does occur in FTM but very rarely. When it does happen, switching positions usually gives you the more direct relationship. Calculating down the tree seems to be more accurate that calculating up.

Re: Relationship calculators in FTM and Ancestry don't agree

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 7:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
A few days ago Ancestry moved the location of their relationship calculator to just under the name of the ancestor. Apparently at the same time, they changed the calculator itself. It now agrees with the FTM calculator on all the relationships I have tried. The problem is now apparently solved.
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