Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What are your d'Aboville Numbers?

Hello Genea-Musings-philes and SNGF-philes - it's Saturday Night, time for lots more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is another genealogy software challenge - are you up to it?

1)  Do you know what a d'Aboville numbering system is?  A clear description of it is in the Encyclopedia of Genealogy here, and on Wikipedia here.  Pretty neat numbering system, isn't it? 

2)  What are your own d'Aboville numbers for your four lines of your grandparents (starting with the first known person in the paternal line)?  Your genealogy software program may be able to help you with this [Family tree Maker 2011, RootsMagic 4 and Legacy Family Tree 7 can, but Family Tree Maker 16 and earlier cannot].

3)  Tell us your own d'Aboville numbers for your four grandparent paternal lines in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a status line, note or comment on Facebook.

4)  for extra credit, tell us how you figured out your d'Aboville numbers - which program, and the process.

Here's mine:

From Robert Seaver (1608-1683):

From John Richman (1788-1867):

From Martin Carringer (1758-1835):

From Andreas Able (????-1751):

How I did it in Legacy Family Tree 7:

*  Opened Legacy, and clicked on the Help button and searched for "d'aboville number."  Read the information.

*  Chose my ancestor for the calculation from the index (or by stepping back on my paternal line)

*  Clicked on the "Reports" and chose the "Descendant" tab.

*  Clicked the generations to an umber that will include me.  Selected d'Aboville in the Numbering system choices.

*  Clicked "Preview" and saw the report (Robert Seaver's report was 203 pages).  Scroll down to your name and copy off your number.

Easy, eh?  Now all I have to do is remember it so I can say I'm number in the Robert Seaver descendants.


Darlene said...

If you had a little more beard, one would think you are the real guy.

I am going to give this SNGF a shot. Might not finish until tomorrow, but I'm in. MOF, I'm planning to use both Legacy & RootsMagic, just to see if they match.

C'mon over and see tomorrow evening.

Martin said...

My patrilineal line is I especially like the 13 in there. I'm wondering now who has the highest d'Aboville number in such a chain.

My matrilineal line is My other grandparents would work as well.

Sara Greenleaf said...

I always enjoy poking at my genealogy software (Reunion). Here's what I found:

John said...

I wish my genealogy software knew about D'aboville numbers. (Or at least the more common Henry numbers; I wouldn't mind inserting the periods between the numbers) I have been calculating it by hand for my Surname Saturday posts the past several weeks.

I just finished this morning with my fourth grandparent.