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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!




Ancestor Count for 2019

With the beginning of each new year, I take a look at the ancestor count statistics to gauge how many new direct ancestors have been identified during the preceding year.

I’ve made some real progress in identifying some 1600s families in colonial New England back to old England in my family tree, but not many new names have been added to the total count.

I’ve also had good success tracing some of husband Dave’s lines back into the 1700s, which is a daunting task because most of his lines migrated westward out of the South, aka land of burned county records! If county records are gone, it’s a good bet that someone in his family lived there at some point!

Linda’s 2019 Ancestor Count

Dave’s 2019 Ancestor Count

However, even taking into consideration the fact that most of us have double descents from some ancestors, having identified 841 of my direct line and ONLY 295 of Dave’s ancestors out of a possible 32,767 means I have a LOT of work to do.