I could draw a chart out by hand or I could use graphic software, but I wish there was a way my genealogical database program could show multiple relationships in one chart. The situation outlined in this scenario is not the only one I have.

Anna Fecht married Bertus Grass (brother to my great-great-grandmother Noentje Grass), which makes Anna Fecht my aunt by marriage. This same Anna Fecht was also a double first cousin of Jans Janssen (a great-great-grandfather of mine) and a single first cousin to Anke Fecht (another great-great-grandmother of mine). Anna Fecht’s nephew, Harm Fecht, married a sister of another great-great-grandfather, Jann Habben. 

Or maybe these sorts of relationships are just unique to me.

Somehow I doubt that.




4 Responses

  1. Looking at so many of my family relationships similar to yours on my ancestry family view tree it looks like I don’t know what I’m doing! But truly, I didn’t just click every green leaf hint and add it!

    There is a web site that will “unfold” and all those relationships are shown but not all at the same time so still not what we are looking for. Wish I could think of that web site.

  2. I built my own descendant chart in Excel starting with 6 principal families arriving in America before 1700. I made a color bar for each family. For each generation if they married within the six families I split the color bar between each family color. If they married within the same principal family I split the color bar and doubled that color. If they married outside the six families the bar went unchanged. 12 generations later my mom’s color bar showed 7 duplicate color sets with some principal families having multiple duplicate colors.

  3. Greenhill39, I would love to see an example of this as I can’t quite picture it … I too have many intermarried families and would love to be able to sort them out like this.

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