Happy New Years! Time to Tally Up Your Family Tree for 2017

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New Years is an excellent time to tally up your family tree for 2017. 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. A printable guide can be printed from the following link:

Time to Tally Up Your Family Tree for 2017

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

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 🙂

After the tally, I usually find that I have neglected several branches for one reason or another. My genie senses tingle and I recall all the new collections added and/or updated on Family Search that I’ve seen and have yet to review for these ignored ancestors. The hunt is back on and I’m carrying a sledgehammer 🙂


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