Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Have You Tried Grandma's Pie?

Have you tried Grandma's Pie?

One of my friends shared something cool on my Facebook timeline yesterday. It's an online tool by the creators of Relative Finder. It's called Grandma's Pie.

Grandma's Pie is one of the projects listed on Brigham Young University's Family History Technology Lab's (FHTL) website. Click HERE to see a list of their projects.

Here's a partial screenshot from the FHTL project page showing Grandma's Pie. Grandma's Pie is described as follows on their page:
"This ain't your mom's pie. Grandma's Pie shows you where your ancestry is from, in interactive pie form! Currently, Grandma's Pie uses stale data (2-4 months old)."

I decided to give Grandma's Pie a try. Here's a screenshot of the login page. You will need a FamilySearch account to use this fun tool. It's easy to sign up for a FamilySearch account and it's free.

I clicked on "Show Multiple Generations" on the left side of the page to create my Great Grandparents pie chart. For the pie chart at the top of this post I clicked on "Show Single Generation."

See that little slider bar at the top of the page? To show more generations, just slide the button to the right or click anywhere on the bar with your cursor.

This pie chart shows where my ancestors were from through my 2X great-grandparents.

Another cool feature I discovered while playing with this fun tool is that when you hover your cursor over each section of your pie, the name and birthplace of that ancestor will appear.

What do you think? Pretty cool, right? If you'd like to try Grandma's Pie, click HERE. Give it a try and see how your pie chart looks.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Do you have to manually enter all the data or can you upload a GEDCOM?

    1. Hi Eileen,

      Yes, you can upload a GEDCOM to FamilySearch. Here's a link to an article about doing that in the Help Center area of the FamilySearch website ~

    2. Thanks you, Jana. The tool looks like fun.

  2. Can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing

  3. I thought you had started a recipe blog. Cool tool -- I'll give it a try.

    1. Haha! You're so funny Wendy! Nope. Not a recipe blog. :)

  4. Jana: This does look like a cool tool, but not worth all the folderol of signing up for Family Search and uploading my family tree info, which is already on three other sites. Nice for people already on Family Search though.

    1. Hi Vera,

      It's great that you have your tree on other sites. I too have my tree on several different sites as well.

      I have to say though, that having my tree on FamilySearch is pretty awesome. They have wonderful records that can be attached as sources and they even give hints like now.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. Jana,
    I can't wait to try this.

  6. cannot believe I am an eight swedish and eighth german. No seriously I had no idea LOL.

    1. Wonderful Roger! It's amazing what family history can tell us about ourselves isn't it? So fun!




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