Saturday Night Fun on Sunday

I didn't get to Genea-Musings' "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" until Sunday, but I think it's a worthwhile exercise to do on any day.  The idea is to make a table that lays out 10 direct-line generations and potentially how many people could be in that group.  Then you look at your tree to see how many people you have out of the possible ones at each level.

So here's my table, with credit to Chris Cowan's "What's Your Number" post for the table itself:



Generation
Relationship
Possible People
My Tree

1

You

1

1

2

Parents

2

2

3

Grandparents

4

4


4

Great-
Grandparents


8


8

5

2X Great-
Grandparents


16


14

6

3X Great-
Grandparents


32


17

7

4X Great-
Grandparents


64


13

8

5X Great-
Grandparents


128


13

9

6X Great-
Grandparents


256


10

10

7X Great-
Grandparents


512


11



Total:  1023

93


plus 6 - 8X Great-Grandparents and 1 - 9X Great-grandparent

I'm pleased to see how well I've done up to the 2X level -- only one great-grandmother who's turned out to be a brick wall.  From there, despite the fact that I'm only about 10% complete on the whole thing,  I'm really pleased at how far I've come since I started!  People in each level, up to 12th generation!  My very oldest is Gerd von Glaan, born in 1598.  Wow!  (So many exclamation points!)

This also gives me more ideas about what I want to tackle at the Family History Library.  Hermine Kleemann, that great-grandmother, is certainly on the list.  And I could focus on filling out that 3X great-grandparent level, across the board.

The thing is, I don't know how much I can accomplish in 2-1/2 days.  But I got a tip that you should have one main focus (say, Hermine Kleemann) and then a list of possible other things, if you either solve that problem right away or discover that it won't be easily solved at the Library.

So, a worthy exercise.  Did you do yours?

Comments

  1. I did mine, too! It was an interesting exercise. I didn't realize that I'm missing 4 (& only 4) of my 3x great grandparents. That's definitely something I want to work on!

    I seem to bounce around too much in my research & would probably get more accomplished if I narrowed my focus. I'll work on it!

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  2. Oh, Dana, did you read my last post? :) I'm the queen of bouncing around. I did find this a good exercise to show where I should maybe be focusing my attention. Thanks for the comment!

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