I use RootsMagic to record my genealogy and created a report called "Ahnentafel of Lisa Suzanne Hork". It lists my ancestors using the Antentafel Numbering System. 1 is for myself, 2 is my father, and 2+1=3 is my mother. Now you double your father and my grandfather's number is 4, and add 1 to that number for his wife, my paternal grandmother and she is 5. Do the same for my mother (3X2=6 (maternal grandfather) and 6+1=7 (maternal grandmother). Here's a short chart to illustrate the numbering system:
- paternal grandfather
- paternal grandmother
- maternal grandfather
- maternal grandmother
I am very pleased to see I have identified all of my great-great-grandparents and 75% of my 3x great-grandparents. Where I lack is in the Irish ancestry. Once I got the Sullivan, Gleeson, Tierney & Murray lines back to Ireland, the trail grew cold. However, in Germany, I am able to get back several generations using wonderful German Church Records.
On my mother's side, all of the research is in the U.S. and most of it in southern states. Most of the research done on the 9th and 10 generations above were done by others and I have not yet substantiated the research by my own research yet. I hope to do that soon.
So what is my Ancestral Name Number? It's 134 out of 1023, making that 13.1%. I am very far from complete with my genealogy!
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