Saturday, January 4, 2014

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

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

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope more of you do than participated in the last several SNGF challenges), 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 an Ahnentafel Report in RootsMagic 6 (Reports > Lists > Ahnentafel Report) for 15 generations, then saved it as a PDF, opened it, and counted, by hand, the persons on the list in each generation.  The numbers included duplicate persons (due to marrying cousins) and persons I had either a first or last name for.

2)  My chart (if you want a blank chart in Microsoft Word format, please email me!).




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

*  Number of known ancestral names = 541
*  Number of possible ancestral names = 1,023
*  10 generation Ancestral Name Number = 541/1,023 = 52.83%

4)  Extra credit:  For 15 generations, I have 2,238 known Ancestral Names, out of 32,767 possible, for an Ancestor Score of 6.83% for 15 generations.

It really helps, in my case, to have a New England ancestry for about 50% of my 4th great-grandparents.  All of those New England ancestors have English ancestors and those are the lines back to the 15th generation.

The URL for this post is:  
http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-whats-your.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver



28 comments:

Kris Stewart said...

21.31% is my genealogy score
http://mylinktothepast.blogspot.com/2013/12/what-is-your-genealogy-score.html

DianaR said...

My score is 14.2% Here is my post over at Random Relatives

Yvonne Demoskoff said...

I've found 83% of my ancestors, Randy. (Being of French-Canadian ancestry really helps!) See my table at http://yvonnesgenealogyblog.blogspot.ca/2014/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-whats-your.html

GeneGinny said...

16% for 10 generations. Guess I need to stop pursuing stories and start adding names. http://geneginny.blogspot.com/2014/01/sngf-my-ancestor-score.html

Elizabeth H. said...

42.6% is my genealogy score. Not much more than when I last did this. See From Maine to Kentucky.

Amanda E. Perrine said...

15% for me. My post is here.

Sara Beth Davis said...

I can only make it back to 8 generations and have a score of 28 percent. I've posted my results over at: http://www.ourjourneywest.com/2014/01/whats-your-ancestor-score.html

Liz said...

I'm finally baaaack! Here's mine:

http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2014/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-whats-your.html

The Down East Genealogist said...

My score is 16.5% for 10 generations. Have I got a lot to do... My post is on my new blog Pine Trees and Pedigrees, at http://pinetreesandpedigrees.blogspot.com/2014/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-my.html.

Pam Schaffner said...

84% for me. Helps to be from New England. Will write a post about it tomorrow.

David Decker said...

Hey Randy, a nice primer to get back in the game...

Sitting at 13% for my score.

http://familyhistorytracing.blogspot.com/2014/01/sngf-whats-your-ancestor-score.html

Dave

Shannon Thomas said...

12.9% for me...you can see my post at http://shannonmthomas.blogspot.com/2014/01/satuday-night-genealogy-fun-whats-your.html

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Pam Schaffner said...

84% for me. Here's my post.http://diggingdowneast.blogspot.com/2014/01/down-east-stock-yields-high-family-tree.html

Jacky said...

My genealogy score is 17.20. http://genealogyvt.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-2014-genealogy-score.html

Jen Smart said...

It's been over a year since I posted anything to my blog - hopefully I don't go as long before posting again... I'm only at 11% so there's a lot of work available! My post is here.

Glynn said...

I haven't worked out a score because, for me, family history is not about how many names you have on your tree, it is about finding out about the history of your family. As it happens, I have a lot of my ancestors' names because I started out in 1977 and every one of my direct forebears so far discovered, were from within fifty miles of where I live today.

My 9X great grandparents were married in 1620, in the Church I looked at out of my bedroom window when I was growing up and my parents still live in that same house.

My passion is all about finding out about the lives of my ancestors, not just ticking off a list.

If you want to visit the places in England, connected to your own ancestry, check out my website or drop me an email.

Glynn
http://www.norfolk-tours.co.uk
glynn@norfolk-tours.co.uk

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

I have 50% of my 10th generation. Not too bad considering that my grandmother came through Ellis Island and I have only a few generations of her ancestry. I have most of my New England ancestry, but numbers dropped off in the 8th generation due to a Hessian ancestor and a stowaway from the Netherlands. I'd love to redo this counting just to see what percentage of my New England Great Migration ancestry I have found. I've got to figure out how to do that.

Joan said...

Joan says: My score is 31.86%. 326 of 1023, 109 of those being the 10th generation! To GeneGinny-pursuing stories is so much fun! To Glynn-so fascinating to see the church where your 9x greatgrandparents married!

Sally Knudsen said...

Thanks for the fun idea. Here's mine:

http://sallysearches.blogspot.com/2014/01/ancestor-score.html

Patti Hobbs said...

wow, I'm impressed at those who have percentages in the 80s. I'm not posting mine anywhere, but I figured it out just for fun. I've only got 19.6%.

Brian said...

26.2% for me at 10 generations. Didn't do the further generations which are very sparse.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsF7_9Yeu69mdF81ZkQyX0pZbTZacnhsYjRiT0ZwVVE&usp=sharing


goneresearching said...

Hey, Randy.

As I was figuring out my numbers I created a form in Word with a table that will do the math for you with a few right-clicks on the mouse. I've made the form available on my blog

http://goneresearching.blogspot.com/

At the 10th generation, I am at 17.99% but if I add a probable line I would be at 18.96% if I can find the proof I need.

Hopefully, this will be the year.

Ginger Smith said...

Thanks for the fun exercise. I would like to check this again in a few months. I think my DNA testing has helped this along. I got a 27% and these are ancestors I have confirmed. I posted to Genealogy By Ginger

Sherie Curran said...

My score is 18.18% for 10 generations. This exercise really helped me see where I need to do more work in my research. http://genealogybugsherie.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-whats-your.html

Eric Stitt said...

Here's my Score 27.86. You can see my table at http://genealogybyeric.blogspot.com/2014/01/whats-your-number.html

AJSwtlk said...

47.61

http://thomasgardnerofsalem.blogspot.com/2014/02/whats-your-number.html

AJSwtlk said...

The range of numbers is interesting.

I went back and split out the trees for the two grandparents from New England.

As expected, the numbers rose.

http://thomasgardnerofsalem.blogspot.com/2014/02/numbers-again.html