"What is recommended on FTM--one huge single tree, including all branches of your family as well as spouse's family; or several trees for each branch of the family surname as well as separate trees in a spouse's family?"
We also talked about this in the Monday, 13 October Hangout On Air for Mondays With Myrt (on YouTube. This discussion starts at 1:00:00 on the video.
1) My response was "One big tree." My reasons:
* I have several cousin relationships between my mother and my father which were unknown when I started growing my family tree. If I had one tree for my mother, and one for my father, I would have to input information for their common ancestral families twice.
* The same thing happens for my daughters and their husbands - one of them is her husband's distant cousin in several New England lines. It also happens for my cousins spouses.
* I started several One Name Studies with separate trees for each - Seaver, Carringer, Auble, Vaux, Buck, Dill, Richman, etc. I had to enter information for my own ancestral families twice in several different trees. I finally combined them into my one big tree about ten years ago and haven't regretted it.
2) My family tree database has one "Big Tree" (my ancestral families, with my daughters' spouses' ancestry, and my one-name study families that connect to me. My database also has many "bushes" of various sizes because some of my One Name Study subjects that are not connected to the "Big Tree."
I do have some family tree files sent to me by other researchers, but I have extracted the information that I want, and that sources support, and added it to my "Big tree" one person at a time.
3) I also have several separate "client" trees that I have created over the years. I've wondered if I should add those to my "Big Tree" as just another "Bush" in order to save the research, but I haven't done that yet. The alternative is to add these client bushes as separate Ancestry Member Trees on Ancestry, and to add the data to the FamilySearch Family Tree from the client trees.
4) What are your reasons for having one "Big Tree" or several smaller "Grandpa Trees?"
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