Genealogy report explanations
Family group reports
This gives the most detailed information of the reports that are currently available, but is limited
to the chosen person, their spouse(s) and any children. The items provided for all people are dates
and places of birth, baptism, death and burial. In addition the date and place of marraige, and the
parents names are provided for the adults.
Ahnentafel is German, and literally means 'ancestor table'. It is a common way of numbering the
ancestors of a given person. The chosen person is assigned the number 1. Their father is then number
2, and their mother number 3. This pattern continues, so that for any person in the ahnentafel at
number N, their father is number 2N and their mother 2N+1. It is also worth noting that other than
the initial person at number 1, all even numbers are male and all odd numbers are female.
A pedigree report is another way of viewing the information that is presented in an
ahnentafel. Notice that the numbers are the same as in the ahnentafel.
The advantage of the pedigree is that it gives a simpler view of the relationships. It's disadvantage
is that it takes a lot more space to do so, especially as the number of generations increase. It is
also simpler to add aditional information such as dates and places to an ahnentafel.
A descendency chart is an easy to view representation of the ancestors and relatives of an individual.
It's concise format not only allows a large amount of information to be displayed, but the heirarchical
structure permits relationships across several generations to be easily viewed.
There are two common elements that run throughout each of the report types:
- Every person's name is a link that will generate a new report of the same type centred around them
- Common colours of blue for male, pink for female, and grey for unknown are used where appropriate