Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – Your Ancestor score for 2015

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.

This week’s mission was to create items at  Since it seems that you have to sign up to save your creations, and I’m unlikely to use the site again (and I’m not a very creative person to begin with), I decided not to do this mission this week.  Instead, I decided to do an older challenge.  I chose the challenge from 10 January 2015

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.

This is my table.


Generation Relationship Possible people Identified people %
1 Me 1 1 100%
2 Parents 2 2 100%
3 Grandparents 4 4 100%
4 Great grandparents 8 8 100%
5 2x great grandparents 16 16 100%
6 3x great grandparents 32 31 97%
7 4x great grandparents 64 50 78%
8 5x great grandparents 128 43 34%
9 6x great grandparents 256 28 11%
10 7x great grandparents 512 18 4%
Total 1023 201 20%


To get the counts, I used Legacy Family Tree, and ran an ancestor report, and then did a manual count.  To double check the numbers (and to check if there were any names I could add that weren’t in my tree yet), I added the names and ancestor number to a spreadsheet, and then did a count of the ancestor number column to double check my numbers.

At only 20% (and only 4% for the 10th generation), I have a lot of work to do!   Up until the 7th generation, I wasn’t doing too badly, but further back there are a lot of gaps.

Because there was only 4% for the 10th generation, I decided not to try taking this back further.