Soul Liberty isn’t a site I exactly frequent (that is to say, today was my first visit) and I’m surely not the target audience, but you’ve gotta be impressed at the time and thought that went into putting together God’s Family Tree:

This post details how the graph was created: the sources, the decision to show only male parentage, and the applications used to delve into the complex data set. Creator Robert Rouse describes his filtering decisions:

I made this using a tool called Gephi which is great for deep analysis of complex networks, especially social connections. Instead of a social network, I mapped blood relationships. But, not all of them ended up in the final view. The first filter I applied was to show only the male parentage, for two reasons: 1) the Bible generally lists longer genealogies by fathers only, and 2) interconnections with spouses and mothers create an intricate web which makes it far too difficult to follow on a large scale (as shown above). The second filter I applied was to remove any person whose ancestry could not be traced all the way back to Adam and Eve. These people and connections appear as distracting “floaters”…

None of this is to say that spouses, mothers, and “floater” families are unimportant. If they were, I doubt they’d be listed in the Bible at all. Rather, the intent here is to make long, complex chains that link from God the Father to God the Son easier to follow and understand. For many people, visual displays are easier to comprehend than a list of names spread across multiple books of the Bible. But, not every kind of visual display does the job. Besides the filters I’ve mentioned above, I experimented with different layouts.

Fascinating stuff from a data visualization perspective alone.

(via My Heritage Blog)