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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?


Ancestor Count 2021

Last year, I somehow overlooked my Ancestor Count update until later into 2020 instead of my completing my usual January update.

For my 2021 update, I have to admit that in previous years, I completed my ancestor count manually. I have so many ancestral lines that extend so far back in time that I created new paper charts (handwritten) beginning with great- and 2X great grandparents.

That meant beginning counts at different places on the charts when adding in newly discovered ancestors. With new research into early English probate records being published in scholarly journals, my number counts changed quite a bit.

However, my multiple paper charts also made it easy to get off kilter when switching from one paper chart to another to continue the count.

This year, I finally gave up and used the Ahnentafel report in RootsMagic. I have to say it was much easier counting people in one list rather than on a half dozen different charts.

Dave’s Stufflebean Ancestor Count shows a 20-person increase from the 2020 totals. I am pleased with that increase because his family loved living on the frontier and in burned counties across the South!

Dave actually asked about his numbers compared to mine when updating the Excel file and commented that my big jump in numbers was all due to my New England lines – he’s right!

Stufflebean Ancestor Count

I mentioned that it was easy to get off kilter when manually counting and I found two generations with an actual slightly lower total this year – my 9X and 10X great grandparents are now correctly counted.

The difference was small – 8 fewer people in the 9X group and 9 fewer people in the 10X group.

I am very excited, though, in the huge leap in total number of ancestors identified, from 891 to 1065!

I hope your Ancestor Count has increased over the past year, too.

Ancestor Count for 2020

UPDATED: Thank you, Randy Seaver for catching my typo in Dave’s Generation 11 totals. I’ve corrected it!

Somehow, January flew by and I forgot to compile my ancestor statistics for 2019. I know I’ve made progress on some early generations in both my and my husband’s family trees.

Dave’s Ancestor Count

Considering the number of ancestors still undiscovered versus the possible record sets available, small progress is positive progress!

2019 was an excellent year as I was able to document one new 3X great grandparent, one 4X great grandparent, nine 5X great grandparents (!!!) and one 10X great grandparent in Dave’s family tree for an increase of 12 previously unidentified ancestors.

Considering his ancestors all took off for the frontier and burned counties, 12 new additions to the family tree is more than respectable progress.

Linda’s Ancestor Count

My ancestor count has made even more gains, although I can’t take much credit for that. Instead of heading out west, my ancestors stayed put in New England, land of many vital records and home to professional journals like the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s The Register, which publishes scholarly works.

Along with the benefit of having my ancestors as subjects of these scholarly projects, I also followed several online hints and then determined myself through my own research whether or not new family relationships had been proved.

I now have two new 5X great grandparents, five new 7X great grandparents, ten new 8X great grandparents, 23 new 9X great grandparents and  12 new 10X great grandparents! That makes 52 newly identified ancestors in my own family tree.

2019 was a very successful research year for me. Having said that, I sincerely doubt that next year’s ancestor count will show anywhere near these gains.

Oh well, I can only hope – and work hard!