Family Forest Leadership Edition Tours Below

Introductory Tour

After installation (Start, Run D:\Setup.exe), open Progeny Family Explorer 4.0.

Then click on the Search button and search in Facts: Contains (by clicking on the little arrow next to Facts: Any) for Gold.

Go to top of the match list and select Edward Dean Adams. Try the Sources button to see where these facts can be found in recorded history (click on Bibliography on the menu bar for more information about source locations).

Click (click means left click) on the Views button on the button bar, select Descendant, and then click on OK. Right-click on Judith Adams who was born in Paris in 1927 and reverse direction by selecting Ancestors, then change the # of generations to 6, and click OK.

Click on Adoniram Judson Adams to follow the top two red arrows into the past. Click on Captain Joseph Bulkeley, then click on Thomas Fairclough.

Right-click on Constance Gerard and select Ancestors to follow the two red arrows into the past, change the number of generations to 20, and click OK. The counter will show you how many boxes will be filled in on her ancestor chart. In round numbers, a complete 20 generation ancestor chart will have slightly more than one million boxes filled in. This chart shows only 5/100th of 1% of her 20-generation ancestry (according to recorded history), but that small sliver covers a very rich chunk of our history (and includes the ancestors of probably hundreds of millions of living people).

Pull the bottom scroll button toward the right until the red arrows line up with the right side of the screen. Then scroll up and down the screen, and notice how many of the people (like King Alfred the Great of England) appear in multiple places on the same chart.

Right-click on King Alfred the Great of England, select Hourglass and click OK. Right-click again on King Alfred, select Descendants and click OK. Click on Duchess Gerberga of Brabant (9th red arrow from top), and then click on Markgrave Albrecht I the Bear of Brandenburg (2nd red arrow from the bottom).

Go to the top right side and scroll down to the 9th red arrow from top. You will notice that Judith of Brandenburg is in a green box. Before clicking on her, click on FF Info from the menu bar, select Frequently Asked Questions, and scroll down to find out what these green/gray boxes mean. Click on the forest button by Search Tips. Then exit the FF Info section and click on Judith of Brandenburg.

Click on Marquis Federigo I Gonzague of Mantua, then Christina of Lorraine, then Elizabeth Farnese of Parma. Right-click on Queen Isabella II of Spain (left of King Alfonso XII of Spain) and select Family Group.

Click on the Views button, select Ancestor, and then click on OK. Change the number of generations back to 6, click OK, and then click on Mary Adelaide of Sardinia. Reverse direction by right-clicking on Mary Queen of Scots (7th red arrow from bottom), selecting Descendants, and clicking OK. Click on Sophia Dorothea of England (8th red arrow from top), then Prince Francis of Teck (11th red arrow from bottom).

Reverse direction by right-clicking on Queen Elizabeth II, selecting Ancestors and clicking OK. Click on Dean Very Rev. Robert Hodgson (4th red arrow from bottom).

Reverse direction by right-clicking on Mildred Reade (bottom red arrow), selecting Descendants, and clicking OK. Find President Washington on the chart, right-click, and then click on Family Group. Click on the Family button in the right section of the button bar, click OK, and then click Print.

You started looking for gold, and then made a quick trip from Paris to Mount Vernon through about 1,200 years of ancestral history, continually traveling through fully-sourced family ties. You also learned how to search for key words, and you are prepared to begin following your curiosity. There are also other powerful tools and settings changes you can discover to enhance your explorations. The possibilities are virtually limitless. Enjoy the discovery!

The Red Arrow Tour “Always Different, Always Fun”

1) Open Progeny Family Explorer 4.0.

2) Click-and-drag the scroll button (on the right side of the name list) part of the way down the scroll bar and let it go. Wherever it stops, click on the View button near the bottom of the screen. (Or use specific starting points, such as Katharine Hepburn PIN 246686, Eleanor of Aquitaine PIN 3965, General Robert E. Lee PIN 1632, President U. S. Grant PIN 688, Michael Douglas PIN 277518, Brooke Shields PIN 276547).

A) If the person has children, click on the “Views” button on the Button Bar, click on the Descendant View chart so that it becomes outlined in yellow, and click OK.

B) If the person does not have children, but has one or both parents shown, click on the “Views” button on the Button Bar, click on the Ancestor View chart so that it becomes outlined in yellow, and click OK.

C) If the person does not have children or parents shown, but has one or more spouses shown, double-click on the spouse. If the spouse has one or both parents shown, click on the “Views” button on the Button Bar, click on the Ancestor View chart so that it becomes outlined in yellow, and click OK.

D) In the rare occurrences of finding an “island” of a single person or a couple, click on the “Names” button on the Button Bar, and repeat step 2.

Hint: For faster charts, the first time the “Descendant View Options” and “Ancestor View Options” dialog boxes appear, de-select “Always show options before viewing?” before clicking OK. (These default settings will be restored automatically the next time you re-open Family Explorer.)

3) Now, whether you are heading forward in time (“Descendant View”) or backward in time (“Ancestor View”), click on any red arrow on the right of the screen, and continue doing so until there are no more red arrows.

4) Then “right-click” on any person and a list of six options will appear. You can now reverse direction (or stop to look at information about that person, before proceeding). If you had been following ancestors, click on “Descendants”. If you had been following descendants, click on “Ancestors”.

5) Continue following red arrows until you reach an end, and then reverse direction again, and continue the process. You will seldom follow the same path twice. (If you do occasionally find yourself in a loop, click on the Names button and start again).

Sometimes you will reach Rome 2000 years ago, sometimes you will reach this century, and sometimes you will reach an end somewhere in between. You will be wandering through a great wealth of exciting history that surely contains a number of your own ancestors: see MRCA Stop on anyone (with a “right-click”) and explore. Follow your curiosity, and have fun!

The A-Maze-ing Tour

The challenge of this tour is to travel within the Family Forest World Record Edition from a specific starting point (person) to a specific destination (person), traveling only through family ties (birth, marriage, and occasionally adoption).

Some of these mazes span continents and 2000 years. They contain numerous twists and turns, and many have multiple paths that lead to the same destination. As with traditional mazes, you will frequently reach dead ends that require you to back up and try alternate paths (use the History tool).

Once you begin at a specific starting point (person), you will have three methods available to navigate through the maze. Primarily you will be using only two; the Ancestor Chart and the Descendant Chart.

Occasionally, to get started, you may need to use the Find Relatives tool, since every person who appears on the Match List of a Find Relatives search can be reached through family ties. (This tool is oftentimes impractical, since so many people in the Family Forest are connected to so many tens of thousands of relatives.)

Here are a dozen mazes you can try (all can be done, but the level of difficulty varies):

Brooke Shields to Lady Godiva
Michael Douglas to El Cid
President Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe
Katharine Hepburn to Cleopatra
The King of Rock and Roll (Elvis Presley) to King Lear
The Marx Brothers to the Apostle Paul
General Patton to Julius Caesar
Tarzan (search in Facts: Contains for Tarzan) to Odin, founder of Scandinavia
Woody Allen to Lief Ericson
Henry Ford to Thomas Edison
Drew Barrymore to Marie Antoinette
Princess Grace to Clara Barton

1) Open Progeny Family Explorer 4.0.

2) Locate the starting person (see Search Tips in FF Info section for how-to suggestions).

3) Use any or all of the three tools named in paragraphs three and four above to try to find one or more paths to the destination person.

4) If you can't find a path through a particular maze, e-mail us for a solution.

The Big Charts Tour

1) Open Progeny Family Explorer 4.0.

2) Select one of the following people: Prince Charles (PIN 3573), Princess Diana (PIN 14753), Sir Winston Churchill (PIN 2012), Prince Paul of Greece (PIN 361327), Governor Meriwether “The Explorer” Lewis (PIN 30345), Katharine Hepburn (PIN 246686), General Robert E. Lee (PIN 1632), President Ulysses S. Grant (PIN 688), Kathleen Staige Davis (PIN 3262), Emma May Finks (PIN 14020), Winifred Lee Brent (PIN 26412), Josephine Holt Throckmorton (PIN 343587).

3) Click on the Views button on the Button Bar, select Ancestor View from the four types of charts, and click OK.

4) Change the number of generations to 40 (back to about the time of Charlemagne), and click OK.

5) Watch the number counter while the chart is calculating. It will show you how many boxes on that chart will be filled in with the names of people who, according to recorded history, are actual ancestors of that person.

6) Depending on how many more than one million boxes will be filled in on that chart, and the memory capacity of your computer, you may get an “insufficient memory” message. You can re-try the chart with a lesser number of generations.


The most boxes I have seen successfully calculated for a chart was just over 3.5 million. I then cancelled before the chart was displayed.

I did display a 40-generation ancestor chart with 1,884,457 boxes filled in (General Robert E. Lee PIN 1632), but it took hours, and navigating through each scroll within the chart is painfully slow (about 40 minutes).

Exploring smaller charts is quicker and much more practically. However, it is valuable to have so much ancestral history interconnected to facilitate following one's curiosity in so many directions over so many centuries.

Bruce H. Harrison
Millisecond Publishing Co., Inc.
PO Box 6168
Kamuela, HI 96743
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e-mail: forest@aloha.net

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