Andersen's tale is based on a story from the Libro de los ejemplos (or El Conde Lucanor, 1335), a medieval Spanish collection of fifty-one cautionary tales with various sources such as Aesop and other classical writers and Persian folktales, by Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena (1282–1348). Andersen did not know the Spanish original but read the tale in a German translation titled "So ist der Lauf der Welt". In the source tale, a king is hoodwinked by weavers who claim to make a suit of clothes invisible to any man not the son of his presumed father; whereas Andersen altered the source tale to direct the focus on courtly pride and intellectual vanity rather than adulterous paternity.So, what is missing from your portion of the Family Tree? Sometimes, like the story, you need someone to come along and point out what should have been obvious. I have found that this process takes about an hour to an hour and a half. But it also takes someone who is aware of the problems with the information in the Family Tree and who also knows how to use the missing information to an advantage in finding more people not already in the Family Tree.
I cannot solve this problem with one or even many blog posts. But I can begin by showing individuals who can then show others what to look for. This process is now called FIND, TAKE and TEACH. I has become the theme of FamilySearch recently. You will hear more about this in the future, but for now, take my word for it: the Emperor has no clothes and those who have pioneer Ancestors or even long pedigrees without pioneers, are likely missing seeing what is not there.