The ancestry report uses 'Ahnentafel' numbering. Each person is assigned an integer. This means that the number for a person's parents will be twice as large as that person's integer. For example, if a woman's number is 15, her father will be number 30, and her mother will be 31. Her child will be number 7. It also follows that males have even integers and females have odd integers. This system counts every person using every integer. If an integer is missing that means there is no data for that person.
INTERESTING MATH FACTS: When you think about it, each generation doubles the amount of people listed in that generation Therefore the amount of people required at each generation can be expressed as 2 raised to N-1 where N is the number of generations if you start with the first person as generation #1. At the 32nd generation there would be 2^31 or 2,147,483,648 people listed! NEWS FLASH! There were not 2 billion people living on the earth in 1000 AD! According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census they estimate that in 1000AD there were 310 million people living on the earth. How was this possible? Well we're all a bunch of inbred persons! Cousins married cousins which greatly reduces the gene pool each time.
The total amount of people listed from the first generation to the last could be expressed as the Sum of 2^0 to 2^ N-1, or if you'd rather (2^0 + 2^1 + 2^2 + ..... + 2^N-2 + 2^N-1). That means the Name Index page here should have 4,492,365,887 names on it. As you can see there are a lot more names to gather. That means it took 4,492,365,886 people sharing their genetic material to produce Revillo O. Stevens just going back 1000 years! It took 8,787,333,182 people to produce his children and it took 17,377,267,774 people to produce my generation and 25,967,202,366 people to produce my children. That's 25.9 Billion people! Again there weren't that many people because many of these people appear more than once on your family tree!
This first page is a "Table Of Contents Page" which briefly explains the rest of the pages. From
here you can start looking at the "Generations Pages". There is one Generation Page for each generation (32 in all) and it shows the names and dates etc. (after about 13 generations they are broken into
multiple pages per generation until my lack of data allows it to fit on one page again) To view the next/previous generation click on the navigation buttons at the bottom or click on "Parents" or "Child". There is one "Notes Page" per Generation Page if there are notes listed for those people. To view the Notes Page, click on "Notes" from the Generation Page. There is also a "Surname List Page" which list all the surnames in the Generation Pages. Each name on the Surname List Page is a link to the "Name Index Page" which has every name listed sorted by surname. From the Name Index Page you can click on any name and it will take you to the part of a Generation Page where that person can be found. Links to the Surname List Page and the Name Index Page can be found at the bottom of each Generation Page and at the top of the initial Table Of Contents Page.
Play with these pages, have fun, and explore. We have been given a great heritage. We should be proud of it. There is much information here to view.
Steven J. STEVENS
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Payson, AZ 85541
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