Time to Tally Up Your Family Tree for 2016

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New Years is an excellent time to tally up your family tree for 2016. The goal of this exercise is to calculate the percentage of ancestors you know of up to your 7th great grandparents.


I’ve added a little guide to calculating your family tree in less than an hour if you have a tree on Ancestry.com.

1. View the family tree pedigree on Ancestry.com for one of your parents.The last generation shown are your 3rd great-grandparents (GGP).


Pedigree view of my maternal ancestry
                                                             Pedigree view of my maternal ancestry


As you click the arrow after each 3rd GGP, their branch opens to show up to the 7th generation.
Tally up 2016 - 3
2. Count how many 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th GGPs you have and added them to the box indicated on this chart


Tally up 2016 - 4
Ancestors possible for 4th – 7th generation using this chart:
4th generation column – 2
5th generation column – 4
6th generation column – 8
7th generation column – 16

Complete one of these for each one of your parents.

3. Add to the chart and calculate your percentage 🙂

Happy New Year!!!

3 thoughts on “Time to Tally Up Your Family Tree for 2016

  1. No wonder family trees get so big. This does not even consider the other relatives such as children, siblings or cousins. Now it is easy to see why headaches and frustration occurs when trying to sort out who is who in earlier generations. Thanks for this information.

  2. Lol my tree start reduce in 3x great grandparents as the same set is parents 2 of 2x great grandparents

    There is possible that will be happen again on another side

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