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Ancestor Count 2024

2023 was a year that made me smile because multiple articles by professional genealogists appeared in issues of The Register and The American Genealogist. One journal issue actually contained TWO articles about different branches of the family tree.

I can’t say the same for my husband’s family tree as it seems no one ever writes about them!

Here’s my Ancestor Count for 2024:

Although several earlier generation numbers decreased slightly (I realized that I couldn’t just subtract numbers because I had several people listed as “Unknown” so they showed up in the list, I still increased the total number of known ancestors (with at least a first name for women) by 25!!

I can’t claim any credit – it’s all because of those wonderful professional genealogists who publish their findings. Many, many thanks to them!

Dave’s count actually declined by 4 persons because of the same subtraction issue I’ve already mentioned:

It’s definitely not that I ignore the Stufflebean family tree, it’s that so many of the colonial Americans chose to live either on the frontier, where records are sparse, or they settled in burned counties, where plentiful records became sparse because of fire.

Realistically, I can’t expect my tree numbers to grow much more unless a female’s maiden name is proved in the various branches.

I still have some hope that a few of Dave’s branches will bloom with new ancestors.

Has your ancestor count increased?

Ancestor Count 2023

I have to admit this post will be very short because absolutely no new numbers have been added to either my or my husband’s direct lines.

I also have to admit that my focus has been on cleaning up lines, which have added many collateral families.

Both of our trees are also at the point where brick walls are pretty much just that – with ancestors living in places where there are very few or no primary records at all.

Dave’s tree even decreased by 2 because I decided that a couple of ancestors way back were questionable and I removed them.

Here’s my table:

My count certainly isn’t too shabby, but from now on, I’ll need to rely on scholarly research in England to really take my end-of-line earliest families back any further.

There was an article published last year that did add a couple of names of people who lived in the early 1400s and were found in probate records, but I didn’t add another generation to this tree.

Dave’s table:

Zippo news here and his end-of-line families aren’t stuck crossing the pond to Europe, they are mostly stuck because they lived on the American colonial frontier where there are no records.

I’ll never say never, but without new clues to point the way, I am not expecting any big changes in either of our ancestral direct line numbers.

Since I am busy working on cleaning up and adding to RootsMagic 7, which is my major goal for this year, I’ll note now that I currently have 10, 085 people in my database. With many collateral families now identified, let’s see how much that number grows in 2023 as I get the data entered in the software.

Did you make any great discoveries to extend your own lines last year?

My 2022 Ancestor Count

It’s time for the annual Ancestor Count. I’ve had some successes in both my tree and that of my husband in 2021. However, I have to admit that my successes are mostly due to my favorite genealogical journal, The New England Historic Genealogical Register, as I find scholarly research involving my early New England lines frequently published.

Linda’s Ancestor Count

My gain of 29 direct line ancestors is about 99% due to The Register journal articles of 2021.

However, I can claim more of the credit for the small increase in my husband’s family tree, as I made good progress with some of his Scots-Irish families.

Dave’s Ancestor Count

His family tree now has an additional 15 people added to his direct line.

Both of us have quite a few new collateral relatives because of these discoveries.

I used the Ahnentafel report in RootsMagic to count up the ancestors in each generation. It only took a few minutes to do each table.

We’ll see what new information turns up in 2022.

How has your ancestor count progressed during this past year?