While trying to connect to some DNA matches, I came to the realization that if both parties don’t have their trees back far enough it is impossible to connect to your distant cousins. (Duh!)
I started thinking about how many direct line ancestors one has if your tree doesn’t collapse on itself. I found a neat little chart that had some DNA numbers as well, but decided to use this part of it and see how many ancestors I actually had.
I think I will periodically update this post as I identify more of my ancestors.
|Generations||Total Ancestors||Ancestors Identified|
|4||Great Great-grandparents||16||16 *|
|6||4th Great-grandparents||64||34 *|
|7||5th Great-grandparents||128||25 *|
|8||6th Great-grandparents||256||21 *|
* Includes females with no maiden name and individuals with only an initial for first name.