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Genealogy Score


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 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).

GenerationRelationshipPossible #Possible TotalIdentified #Identified TotalPercentatge
41x Great815815100%
52x Great16311631100%
63x Great3263316298%
74x Great641276312598%
85x Great12825510823391%
96x Great25652215238574%
107x Great512102319057556%

At generation 5, I am 100% but that drops to 56% by generation 10. So how can I improve my score?

  • Figure out my SMITH ancestors — I have at least 2 different SMITH lines in generation 7.
  • Research — I have not researched some of these lines in the last 20 years.

One thought on “Genealogy Score

  1. I am envious of your high percentages from the 6th generation and earlier. Because my Rusyn line came from a place where there are no records before 1827, I won’t ever be able to fill in any of those empty branches.

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