The Family Forest® is “The World’s Most Interconnected Digital Resource of Ancestral History.” It is the best digital central source for fully documented generation-by-generation ancestral pathways connecting everyday people to each other and famous people, Hollywood stars and characters, royalty and nobility, gateway ancestors, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Middle Ages, Ancient Rome, saints, Biblical characters, the Bible and hereditary societies.
The Family Forest® National Treasure Edition is the state-of-the-art presentation of the results of over fourteen years of strategically focused development of the family and world history content and service of the Family Forest® Project.
It represents tens of thousands of hours of journeying through hundreds of great historical and genealogical books and society periodicals in search of hard-to-find ancestral history, and creating a well-sourced digital map of everywhere visited. Fascinating stories about ancestors of most of the people in America and Europe were located, and users can instantly zoom in to any and all points along the journey.
The Family Forest® is the best digital central source for point-and-click exploration of the ancestral pathways leading to and from a variety of places, events, and groups of people.
They include key gateway ancestors who came to America in the early 1600’s, the American Revolution, key officers in the Civil War, American political leaders (presidents, vice presidents, cabinet members, ambassadors, governors, senators, and local officials), European royalty and nobility, religious leaders (saints, popes, cardinals, bishops, and clergymen), and more.
It is also the best digital central source for connecting everyday people to the casts and characters of numerous classic Hollywood films, and for comparing the accepted lineages of leading hereditary societies to one another.
With its strong emphasis of following the ancestral lines from mothers, and the descendant lines from daughters, the Family Forest® may be the most female-focused ancestral history resource available anywhere.
The Family Forest® is the best tour guide service to many centuries of professionally recorded paper based ancestral history, and it provides fascinating and enriching maps to the locations of that wealth of recorded history.
The Family Forest® National Treasure Edition spans more than 3,000 years of exciting human history. Many family lines travel at least ten generations, and some for more than sixty generations. With Progeny Software’s amazing Family Explorer 5.0 software, which is included free, this lineage-linked disc can actually calculate and display many thousands of fully sourced ancestor charts with more than one million boxes filled in on each chart.
The Family Forest® National Treasure Edition is a fun and enriching educational reference resource for students, parents, teachers, librarians, historians, genealogists, writers, actors, movie enthusiasts, and historic travelers.
The primary uniqueness of the Family Forest® Project is in its basic mission . We are reweaving the tapestry of our past by placing individuals just one time into the one and only place they occupied in the actual unfolding of history, and connecting them to as many ancestors, descendants, spouses, siblings, and accomplishments as they deserve to be connected to.
Rather than imitating the big companies and being in a mad numbers rush to accumulate thousands of repetitions of basically the same information about the same individuals (and counting them as if they were different people), we take a much better approach. We are carefully filtering out repetitions with the goal of zero duplication; so that you are presented with high quality handcrafted distilled knowledge clearly displayed.
The Family Forest® is strategically grown day by day with great care keystroke by keystroke, guided by human intelligence. We have already spent tens of thousands of hours journeying through hundreds of fascinating historical and genealogical books and periodicals exploring, in search of the best of the best ancestral history, and we are leaving a well marked digital trail of everywhere we visit so you can instantly zoom in to any points we visited along the odyssey.
There has been no slapping together of unsourced GEDCOMs, automated merging, or any other type of technology blindly running unrestrained.
See how the Family Forest® has already grown.
The Family Forest® contains about the same ratio of everyday people to famous people as in the real world today, meaning that the Family Forest® is mostly comprised of housewives, farmers, ministers, teachers, factory workers, fishermen, carpenters, clerks, etc. etc.
A number of these people in the Family Forest® were also documented members of some of the well known hereditary societies, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Order of Founders and Patriots, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society of the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the USA, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
However, the smaller ratio of famous people does include a very large number of people who were kings, queens, princes, princesses, emperors, saints, popes, dukes, earls, barons, knights, generals, admirals, presidents, senators, judges, Magna Charta sureties, signers of the Declaration of Independence, artists, authors, poets, musicians, inventors, Hollywood celebrities, etc.
The answer is almost absolutely 100% yes. We believe that everyone on the planet has at least some ancestors in the Family Forest®.
Some people will even find that some of their ancestors are so extensively lineage-linked into the Family Forest® that the National Treasure and New World Edition can literally create ancestor charts that fill in millions of boxes with the names of their actual ancestors, according to recorded history.
However, some of your own closest Family Forest® ancestors so far may have lived centuries ago. The more you know about your own immediate ancestors, the greater the likelihood that you will find you own connecting points to many generation-by-generation ancestral pathways that will lead you to and through the Middle Ages and back to Roman Times B.C.
This requires a two-part answer. Our part is extremely accurate. We are the tour guides who lead you to the specific recorded history about who said what about whom when and where. We might occasionally misinterpret what we read, transpose a number, or make a typo, but not often. Besides, the source locations of 99.9% of the statements and connections are just a mouse-click away.
As for the accuracy of the statements and connections themselves, there is a reasonable probability that they are true, because most of them were recorded by recognized and highly respected experts over the centuries.
We do alert Family Forest users to instances where the experts disagree, and we are always in search of more accurate or complete statements and connections to upgrade existing statements and connections.
Definitely not. Anyone who completes the Introductory tour will have mastered all of the main easy and fun tools for exploring in the Family Forest®.
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The answer is always the latest and greatest edition which is currently the Family Forest® National Treasure Edition. It includes everything in all previous editions, plus much much more and with this one disc you can re-create any or all of the more than $3,000 of reasonably priced Family Forest® secondary publications, such as the Family Forest® Descendants Series eBooks, the Family Forest® Ancestors Series eBooks, and the Family Forest® specialty theme-based CD-ROMs.
If you are just looking for specific surname information in standard genealogical format about the descendants of particular immigrant ancestors, Family Forest® Descendants Series eBooks may be just the ticket.
Many of these under-$30 titles compare favorably to, and in some ways are better than, many printed genealogies in the $75 to $150 range. However, please keep two things in mind about Family Forest® eBooks.
First, no matter how great a particular title is, a Family Forest® eBook compares to the Family Forest® National Treasure Edition like one still photograph compares to a full length motion picture film.
11) What are Family Forest® Kinship Reports?
They are the computer-generated result of having Progeny Genealogy’s amazing Family Explorer 5.0 software explore from the subject of the report through the entire Family Forest® in search of every person within a certain distance, say 10-generations or 50-generations, who is related by blood or marriage to the subject, and then calculating the exact relationship between them, and displaying the closest ancestor who connects them.
What does it mean when you find that one of your ancestors is also an ancestor of a subject of a Family Forest® Kinship Report? It means that you are a cousin of that person, and within the Family Forest® National Treasure Edition you can visually explore the generation-by-generation family ties leading from your ancestor to your cousin.