Monday, September 1, 2008

Ancestry.com Dendrology 101

The taxonomy of Ancestry.com's trees is not well known, so I thought I'd cover a little dendrology with a series of articles. The word dendrology comes, of course, from endray-ologay, which is Pig-Latin for "the study of trees." And taxonomy is Italian for "money I owe the government."

Let's begin with the general taxonomy of Ancestry.com trees. All Ancestry.com trees fall into the kingdom of "The Generations Network" (Greek for "formerly MyFamily.com, Inc."). Phylum in your documents folder. Try to pay attention in class. Tim Sullivan gives the orders. And I like to think that I am—I mean was—the genius.

In the following series of articles I'll talk about the taxonometric family of each Ancestry.com family tree.

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