Researching Collateral Lines: A Visual Aid

I’ve started walking every morning. Today, I happened to pass this tree and thought it was a poignant lesson in genealogy. This tree shows the results of focusing our research exclusively on our direct ancestors and ignoring collateral lines. Doing so might fill in a little green around the trunk, but the leaves don’t reach as high as they otherwise could, and it sure doesn’t make for a very complete picture.

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2 Responses to Researching Collateral Lines: A Visual Aid

  1. Excellent illustration!

  2. avatar Sierra says:

    What a great visual! I am glad to know that I am not the only one walking around their neighborhood looking at trees and thinking of genealogy. I am always judging trees for how well they would fit with my family tree.