Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Ancestor Score for 2016

Hey ahnentafelists (new genea-word!) - It's Saturday Night!!!




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 7 (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!).



Randy Seaver's Ancestral Name Score – January 2016

Generation
Relationship
Possible People
No. Sum1
Identified People
No. Sum2
Percentage
100*(Sum2/Sum1)
1
You

1
1
1
1
100.00%

Parents

2
3
2
3
100.00%
3
Grandparents

4
7
4
7
100.00%
4
1x Great-grandparents
8
15
8
15
100.00%
5
2x Great-grandparents
16
31
16
31
100.00%
6
3x Great-grandparents
32
63
30
61
96.83%
7
4x Great-grandparents
64
127
50
111
87.40%
8
5x Great-grandparents
128
255
77
188
73.72%
9
6x Great-grandparents
256
511
127
315
61.64%
10
7x Great-grandparents
512
1023
210
525
51.32%
11
8x Great-grandparents
1024
2047
352
877
42.84%
12
9x Great-grandparents
2048
4095
497
1374
33.55%
13
10x Great-grandparents
4096
8191
321
1695
20.69%
14
11x Great-grandparents
8192
16383
290
1985
12.12%
15
12x Great-grandparents
16384
32767
163
2148
6.56%



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

*  Number of known ancestral names = 525
*  Number of possible ancestral names = 1,023
*  10 generation Ancestral Name Number = 525/1,023 = 51.32%

4)  Extra credit:  For 15 generations, I have 2,148 known Ancestral Names, out of 32,767 possible, for an Ancestor Score of 6.56% 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.


Note:  I counted only persons in my ahnentafel list that had at least a given name.  I didn't count persons with an unknown first name.  I disconnected my Smith/Bell line because I know Devier Smith was adopted.  


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Copyright (c) 2016, Randall J. Seaver

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9 comments:

Bonnie said...

there's no URL at the end...that's okay. I'd done this chart at Blaine Bettinger's urging and I've got only 1% of my ancestors identifed through generation 10 but I'm at 53% at generation 6!

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine
http://loiswillis.com/2016/01/10/sunday-afternoon-genealogy-fun-your-ancestor-score-for-2016/

declutteringthestuff said...

Here's mine! Ancestor score is 18.18%

https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/her-numbers/

Lynn Tenney said...

Here's mine:
http://thebreakfastgenealogist.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-ancestor-score-for-2016.html

My 10-generation ancestor score is 245 or almost 24%. Yikes, I have a lot of work to do!

Linda Blake Hurtubise said...

Linda's 10 generation chart

Generation Relationship Possible People Identified People % Found
1 me 1 1 100.00%
2 parents 2 2 100.00%
3 grandparents 4 4 100.00%
4 great-grandparents 8 8 100.00%
5 2x great-grandparents 16 15 93.75%
6 3x great-grandparents 32 24 75.00%
7 4x great-grandparents 64 22 34.00%
8 5x great-grandparents 128 11 8.00%
9 6x great-grandparents 256 0 0.00%
10 7x great-grandparents 512 0 0.00%
0.00%

TOTAL 1023 87 8.50%

Many of the unfounds are from Ireland :(

Jacquie Schattner said...

On my side I'm happy to be at 24.8 for 10 generations, up from 21.8% last year. I am happy with this increase. I have Benelux heritage that goes far back. But I was able to find several generations on my Scotch-Irish side.

My husband side is at 12.8%, up from 11.5% last year. One gr-grandfather was not listed on the birth certificate and his gr-grandmother never married, so there's a line that will be difficult to locate. He has an English line and a Alsace Lorraine line that go very far back. I enjoy keeping track of every year's increase.

Some years are better than others and this was a very good year.

Elizabeth Handler said...

It was interesting to see that I have added 32 names (3.1%) to my "Ancestor Score" in the past two years. See http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/2016/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-updating.html.

Anna Matthews said...

I'm a bit late to the party, but this was a great exercise!

http://trippingovermyroots.blogspot.com/2016/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-ancestor.html

Jaycie said...

Finally got around to this, but loved it!

Here's my post with chart...

http://easttexasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/02/sngf-whats-your-number.html