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Great Great – Generations and Time

How long ago was 10 generations?

I’ve created a quick-glance reference chart of generations with the numbers of ancestors and rough time frames and year ranges at each generation, for my own use when traversing family trees. Note that the ranges get larger as we go back further – most families will fall near the center of each range on average. I’ve set 1950 as the base reference date (although I’m not quite that old!). The next-to-last column that is labeled “#” has the number of direct biological ancestors at that number of generations ago.

How do we refer to our ancestors in a way that is clear?

Great-great-great-great-grandfather just doesn’t work. Donna Cox Baker has a great article titled “Multi-great style or the great-great-great tongue-twister” that helped me decide how to style my writing about ancestors.

Whether or not I am good at following it, I include below what I have decided on as “standard” labels in agreement with the above article.

Years agoDates
Gen#fromtofrom to#Label
12040192019402parents
24080188019204grandparents
360120184019008great-grandparents
48016018001880162nd-great-grandparents
510020017601860323rd-great-grandparents
612024017201840644th-great-grandparents
7140280168018201285th-great-grandparents
8160320164018002566th-great-grandparents
9180360160017805127th-great-grandparents
102004001560176010248th-great-grandparents
112204401520174020489th-great-grandparents
1224048014801720409610th-great-grandparents
1326052014401700819211th-great-grandparents
14280560140016801638412th-great-grandparents
15300600136016603276813th-great-grandparents
16320640132016406553614th-great-grandparents
173406801280162013107215th-great-grandparents
183607201240160026214416th-great-grandparents
193807601200158052428817th-great-grandparents
2040080011601560104857618th-great-grandparents

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