I am determined to clean up my ancestry tree this year. Currently it has 6,932 people and 8,951 hints. It is driving me crazy. The problem is that I have so many branches connected to it and I can’t decide; a) whether to prune, b)what to prune, c) where to prune. Besides my paternal and maternal lines and my husband’s paternal and maternal lines, I also have my husbands stepmother and stepfathers’ lines, 2 of my sister in laws’ lines and 2 of my brother in laws’ lines and also an ex sister in law. Add to that some of my cousins lines from when they asked me to look into things and make them a family tree. I just know the minute I prune a branch off that person will get in touch wanting more information.
I also have the problem of adding in siblings and children of siblings of ancestors too far back to really need to know their siblings but I worry that those lines may be the ones that have the clues I may someday need. There’s also the ancestors and branches that I am unsure of and need more sources for but I am afraid not to add because I might lose the information – how do I differentiate between those with primary sources and those without?
So I am putting out an S.O.S. call. I need some experienced genealogists to tell me how they keep their online trees under control. I could really use some advice here. I have been going through my tree since January, one surname at a time and fixing things, checking all hints, and merging duplicates (thank God for this new feature) but I feel like this process is so slow and may take all year. The other option I thought of is to start new trees with each line separate – but that seems like a lot of work especially with all the sources and pictures I have scanned into my current tree.
Please comment with how you keep your tree clean and in good order. Thank you!