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Collateral Relatives: Who They Are & Why They Matter to Genealogy

Think about your family tree like a real tree that you’d climb. Many genealogists imagine their tree only “vertically,” focusing on whatever branch takes them the highest—the furthest back in time. But (as when climbing real trees) climbing your family tree also requires you to think horizontally, moving side to side among lower-hanging branches to find a stronger branch. In genealogical terms…


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