What’s Your Ancestor Score?

Posted by admin on Apr 25, 2014

How to know how complete your family tree is?

This question may sound strange. What should we talk about? Quantity or quality?

Randy Seaver gives us a simple solution in a blog post entitled “What’s Your Ancestor Score?“.

Here’s how to easily calculate your Ancestor Score with Geneanet.

Genealogy is a long term hobby and we need to collect as many sources as we can to build our family tree.

The following is not an encouragement to accept mistakes and poor quality work but, from time to time, it can be interesting to evaluate the job already done and to motivate ourselves.

How to:

This is simple and efficient.

Compare the number of possible ancestors with the number of identified ancestors on a 10-generation report.

The percentage is your Ancestor Score.

Here is an example with my own family tree:

My Ancestor Score is 41.25 %. Some of my ancestors are unidentified from the 7th generation.

On Geneanet:

Go to the first person of your Geneanet family tree, then click ‘Ancestry > Lists’ in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

You can immediately read the number of persons by generation in your family tree (there are 422 persons in the first 10 generations of my family tree).

Refine your Ancestor Score:

You can only count the ancestors for whom you have found some archival records (for example, the birth, marriage or death certificate) to refine your Ancestor Score. Choose your own rules.

What do you think about this?

My Ancestor Score is 41.25 %. What is your?

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