Last year, I posted a chart showing percentages of ancestors that I have uncovered during my many years of researching. I also included a table of Dave’s ancestors that have allowed themselves to be found. I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek because his ancestors loved to live on the frontier and in burned counties of the southern United States. My much more sensible ancestors lived in places like New England, England and Scandinavia, where records were kept and were more likely to have survived through the centuries.
I can’t say a lot of progress has been made on the Sabo or the Stufflebean family trees in terms of adding to our direct lines. That is not to say that progress hasn’t been made in other areas. It’s just not progress that shows itself in this particular type of table. Not only have collateral lines been found, but distant cousins have been contacted and many new records have surfaced.
At the beginning of 2015, the Sabo family tree table had totals of 239 ancestors identified or 23%. I have identified 100% of the first six generations of my direct lines. Unfortunately, half of the 7th generation, or my 4x great grandparents, will never be known because they were peasant farmers in Slovakia and church records for those villages begin in the early 1800’s.
2016 Sabo Ancestor Statistics
I’ve added seven names to the tree, all 6x or 7x great grandparents, but the women are only known by their first names, no maiden names.
My new total is 245 direct ancestors, or 29%, have been identified.
Progress on the husband’s direct lines has been pitifully slow. Only one sure name has been added to the Stufflebean family tree, that of Elizabeth Krieger, first wife of Frederick Alberty. She died in 1781 in North Carolina. There are several other wives’s names, but no maiden names here either.
Last year at this time, the Stufflebean tree had 196 direct line ancestors identified or 19% of the total possible. The first five generations have a 100% identification rate.
2016 Stufflebean Ancestor Statistics
Dave now has 203 of his direct ancestors identified, but because of decimals in the percentages, which I just round off, the percentage remains at 19%.
I am hopeful for new discovers this year because I have several clues on which to follow up when I am in Salt Lake City in a few weeks.
Have you taken a look at your statistics yet? It’s easy to do using Excel and it gives a clear picture of direct line progress. Create a table of your own and share it online.