Earlier today I came across a post that really got me thinking. The post was from Randy Seaver on his blog “Genea-Musings” which is at http://www.geneamusings.com/2010/03/can-you-document-all-names-back-10.html
This post was a discussion and comments about the possibility of filling in your ancestry or pedigree chart completely back 10 generations starting with yourself as gen #1. Seems fairly simple to do it or to come close, right? Well, think again! In those 10 generations are 1023 people! Hopefully you don’t have a problem getting at least 1 (yourself) and most should be able to add their mother and father. The idea is that you need both the first name and surname for every individual in your direct lines of descent. I knew I didn’t have all of them but thought I’d do fairly well, until I actually charted the info and started counting. Here’s the breakdown of the 1023 by generation:
Gen 1-4 15 names
Gen 5 16 names
Gen 6 32 names
Gen 7 64 names
Gen 8 128 names
Gen 9 256 names
Gen 10 512 names
So, I ended up with 71 of the 1023 names which is 6.9 % !! Whoa, that’s really awful!! Now, I did use the family tree I have on Ancestry.com which is lacking some names I know I have on several lines in the 7th, 8th or 9th generations so once I include those I’ll do a little better. I once had those names in a family tree file but some how they didn’t get included when I created my latest tree and published it to Ancestry.com. So, I’ll have to either find that old file and figure out how to add it to my tree or else I’ll have to type in all that info again! Not looking forward to that!
What this has done is to make me rethink my present approach. I’ve been concentrating on the Walton lineage of my tree since this was one I had the most information about and I’ve been trying to increase my information. Lately I’ve been trying to find out about the various siblings in the 6th – 10th generations of the Waltons since mostly I have information about only 1 or 2 of the siblings in any generation even when I have a list of all the siblings. I still want to do that but I think I’ll also devote some significant time toward filling in the other lines of descent. First I’ve got to try to find the old family tree file and if not then start putting in a lot of info by hand. Either way I know I have lots of info and can add pedigree lines for the surnames of Hall, Putnam, Hutchinson and others.