Category Archives: Ancestor Statistics

Ancestor Count for 2017

I discovered a new branch on the tree in 2016 and, much to my surprise, it included Mayflower passenger, George Soule! However, those new generations are early enough in my tree that they don’t change my numbers from last year.

Linda’s Stats – 2017

I have invested a fair amount of time and energy into Dave’s family tree during this past year and it shows in these results:

Dave’s Stats – 2017

Each of the entries in red are increases from 2016.

I have discovered one more 3X great grandparent, 9 – 4X great grandparents, 12 – 5X great grandparents, 4 – 6X great grandparents and two new 7X great grandparents. That is a 3% gain during the last year. Given that his ancestors did a fabulous job of hiding themselves, I am quite proud of this accomplishment!


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My 2016 Ancestor Scores

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.

My Numbers – 2015 Statistics

At the first of the year, I loved a post by Julie Tarr on Julie’s Genealogy and History Hub featuring her “found” direct ancestors numbers and percentages because she had a simple table that clearly showed progress made in the ancestor hunt.

I decided to create one for myself and also for Dave, since I’m the family genealogist. Overall, I am very happy with my percentages because after 35 years, I am still adding direct ancestor names to the charts.

Sadly, unless lost church registers turn up in Slovakia, my 4th great grandparents’ names will forever be lost to time. They were poor villagers who owned no real property. Grave markers were simple wooden crosses, long weathered and gone with time. Local parish registers begin in 1828 so I have identified everyone possible at this point. On the other hand, my colonial American, English and Scandinavian research doors are still wide open.

Here are my ancestor numbers:

6 Generations = 100%

Dave’s lines so far are colonial American and German so there are lots of possibilities for discoveries here, too. I know that some of his roots cross back into the British Isles, but, with the families settling in every burned county in the South, I haven’t yet been able to make the connections to jump the pond.

Here are my husband’s numbers:

5 Generations = 100%

I’m already looking forward to January 2016 to compare my numbers. How do yours look?