Comments on: Family History All Done? What’s Your Number? The official blog of Ancestry Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:20:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: What’s Your Ancestor Score? What’s Your Ancestor Score? Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:00:18 +0000 [...] to identify the number of ancestors you’ve discovered by generation.  He points to posts by Crista Cowan and Kris Stewart.for background information on the [...]

By: Sarah Thompson Sarah Thompson Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:05:54 +0000 I believe the Diamond Theory makes more sense.

If we double the number of ancestors in each generation, 2 parents, 4 grandparents, and so on, we can see that by the time we are back 10 generations, we have the potential for 1024 ancestors. But is this true? If we were to go back to the time of Charlemagne, we would find we had the potential for 281 trillion (YES!) ancestors all living at that one moment in history. This is statistically impossible! So where did our ancestors go?

It is estimated that 80% of the marriages in history were between second cousins. Why? Because the population base was smaller, people lived in small communities and migrated within those same small communities. The theory in genealogical research is that our family trees are actually shaped like a diamond, not a pyramid as shown below. Tracing back a few generations gives a wider shape. Keep going and you find the shape narrowing, eventually, the theory holds, converging to only a few ancestors.

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By: Myra Estes Myra Estes Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:29:44 +0000 Hi my name is Myra and I don’t have any training in Genealogy and I have a problem with my Outline Descendant Report. I have FTM 2011 and my report lists several individuals as 8th generation and than several of the same individuals as 9th generations which results in 101 pages. When I run the same report on my desktop FTM 2006 I get 69 pages. I would love to put FTM 2006 on my new laptop but I can’t find my 2006 instalation disk. Nor can I find one on line. I have always been afraid to ask for help on line, but I sense your honesty. Do you know where I can buy another 2006 program or a book that can help me with this problem. Thanks Myra

By: Karen Karen Sat, 03 Nov 2012 10:53:19 +0000 Generations 1-6 complete
7 =47 [paternal branches mainly Irish end here]
11 =16
Total 271

By: Joyce Dickinson Beckner Joyce Dickinson Beckner Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:34:16 +0000 Generation 1 of the Dickinson family began abt.1500 when Gabriel was born. I do know that he had at least three sons Henry, (Waters b. 1530) and (John b.1564) The family lived in Billingborough, Lincolnshire, England until Generation 4, when the Dickinson’s began emigrating to the USA. Generation 12 is my generation. We have flourished over the years learning more and more about our family. I am eagerly awaiting the return of my DNA which I hope will provide even more exciting news about our Dickinson clan who endured so much over the gene- rations. They died fighting the Indians, fought in all manner of wars, sometimes lives were shortened by illnesses and diseases we never hear about in our modern days. This is our heritage to be proud of. Joyce Dickinson Beckner

By: Stuart Stuart Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:20:40 +0000 The interesting paradox is that the number actually goes the other way. We all descended from a very few people, and the number got bigger as time went along. As you go farther and farther back through the generations, there has to be redundancy.

By: Denise Denise Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:54:30 +0000 Here is one for anyone who knows how to figure this one out. I am at a stand still because on my mother’s side our 1st President, George Washington is my 2nd cousin, 12X removed. BUT on my father’s side which is the Rogers family our 1st President, George Washington is my 6th Great Grand Uncle. So. if the two blood lines are in me, then doesn’t that make him completly a stronger link in my tree?
Really would like to know the answer to this one!!
Denise Please email me with answer

By: Don Richard Don Richard Thu, 06 Sep 2012 19:26:22 +0000 My number is 899, but that is not 899 different people. The closest relation my parents are is 5th cousins, two different ways through my father. My father’s paternal grandparents were second cousins through a son of the couple my mother also descends from. This happens all over my tree, my parents are cousins. All 4 of my grandparents are cousins of each other multiple ways. All 8 of my great grandparents are cousins of each other multiple ways, and so on up the line.

By: Randelyn Randelyn Thu, 06 Sep 2012 03:33:52 +0000 Mine is 455 and still counting with the help of

family tree

By: Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:49:32 +0000 To my utter amazement I have over 5,000 people in my ancestry, that date right back to about 24AD… give or take a few unseen mistakes along the way.

I have been so fortunate that a great number of them are historical figures and so can be easily traced BUT… finished??? Never!

I can see years ahead of me and no doubt my son after I am gone..

It’s a wonderful journey with so many stops alone the way as one researches history.

Great retirement mental exercises :D