Sunday, January 5, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What's Your Ancestor Score?



27 %

Randy Seaver over at the Genea-Musings blog has given us a new Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge which I have chosen to participate in. It seems not only fun but a good exercise to do every so often in order to see how my research and genealogy is progressing along.

Here’s what Randy wants us to do:

1)  Determine how complete your genealogy research is.  For background, read Crista Cowan's post Family History All Done? What’s Your Number? and Kris Stewart's What Is Your Genealogy "Score?"  For comparison purposes, keep the list to 10 or 11 generations with you as the first person. 

2)  Create a table similar to Crista's second table, and fill it in however you can (you could create an Ahnentafel (Ancestor Name) list and count the number in each generation, or use some other method).  Tell us how you calculated the numbers.

3)  Show us your table, and calculate your "Ancestral Score" - what is your percentage of known names to possible names (1,023 for 10 generations).

4)  For extra credit (or more SNGF), do more generations and add them to your chart.

5)  Post your table, and your "Ancestor Score," on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

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Here is my Ancestor Table:

I calculated the number of identified people by running an Ahnentafel in my RM program and then going through and counting the names in each generation. My score is 27%!

It probably would be higher if I included the research of other people, including my grandfather. But I keep his research in a separate tree file until I can find the sources to back the information up.

What's My Number?
Generation
Relationship
Possible People
Identified People
1
Me
1
1
2
Parents
2
2
3
Grandparents
4
4
4
1x Great-Grandparents
8
8
5
2x Great-Grandparents
16
16
6
3x Great-Grandparents
32
30
7
4x Great-Grandparents
64
49

8
5x Great-Grandparents
128
59
9
6x Great-Grandparents
256
59
10
7x Great-Grandparents
512
55
Total
283/1023 = 27%
1,023
283


What is YOUR score? Let us know in the comments below. 

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