Saturday, January 4, 2014

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

From Randy over at Genea-Musings:

Hey ahnentafelists (new genea-word!) - 
it's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!!


 Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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.


Here's mine:

  
1)  I did this by creating a Kinship Report in Family Tree Maker 2012 (Sources > Collection > Relationship Reports > Kinship Report) for my entire tree, sorted by kinship, opened it, and counted the persons on the list for each relationship needed.  The numbers include duplicate persons (due to marrying relatives or others with the same last name) and persons I had either just a first or last name for.

2)  My chart:


Liz Tapley’s Ancestral Name Score – January 2014

Generation
Relationship
Possible People
Identified People
Percentage
%
1
Me
1
1
100
2
Parents
2
2
100
3
Grandparents
4
4
100
4
Great-grandparents
8
6
75
5
2x Great-grandparents
16
12
75
6
3x Great-grandparents
32
20
63
7
4x Great-grandparents
64
21
33
8
5x Great-grandparents
128
13
11
9
6x Great-grandparents
256
15
6
10
7x Great grandparents
512
9
2

TOTAL
1,023
103
10%

3)  My "Ancestor Score" for 10 generations is:

*  Number of known ancestors = 103
*  Number of possible ancestors = 1,023
*  10 generation Ancestor Number = 103/1,023 = 10%  (I obviously rounded my percentages.)


WOW!  Hours upon hours of genealogy research over my lifetime and I have only identified 10% of my direct ancestors!  No, I will never be finished.

4)  No extra credit this time.  It's past midnights as I try to finish this!

5)  Done!


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