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Mark and Mariah's Family Tree

consisting of 166 generations

This page updated January, 2002


You will notice these marks " ~ * " preceeding some of the names. Since Mark and I turned out to be related, things got chaotic in the file, so, the " ~ " means that this person is Mark's direct line ancestor, a " * " means they are Mariah's, and the common ancestors will show both marks.

You will also notice a set of numbers in the birth records area. These are a system of individual identification numbers for direct ancestors only. The first number in the set ( "1" - "2") is the number of the generation going back from Mariah. The second number is that persons place in that generation, ie: Gen. 4 has 8 people, these will appear as 4-1 thru 4-8. By the time you get through 25 generations, the numbers become unwieldy, so there is a shift back to unmultiplied numbers at generations 26, 51, 76, 101, 126 and 156. When there are more than one line of descent, the numbers follow the line with the most generations in it, and, when Mark's lines merge into Mariah's, her numbers are used for the double continuations, as this system was used on her tree first and then carried over to Mark's tree. Ignore them, use them, feel free to adopt the sytem. It works well for following the direct bloodlines through the forest of multiple sibling descents, multiple marriage descents, multiple descendent trees, and "skipped" generations" in any of the forementioned.

1-1 4-8

To generate your own numbers: 1-1 is you ; 2-1 is your father, 2-2 is your mother; 3-1 is your father's father; 3-2 is your father's mother; 3-3 is your mother's father; 3-4 is your mother's mother. Notice that all men have uneven numbers, all women have even ones. To generate the further numbers without trouble, "X"-4709 is the next generation, for 17-"Y", multiply the indiviual's number "2" by 2, this gives you his mother's number. Subtract 1, and that is his father's number. They may have to be changed if you later find a longer line of descent from someone. It works, try it!

The Genealogists Psalm

Genealogy is my pastime, I shall not stray.
It maketh me to lie down and examine half-buried tombstones.
It leadeth me into still courthouses;
It restoreth my ancestral knowledge.
It leadeth me in paths of census records and ship's passenger lists for my surname's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the shadows of research libraries and microfilm readers,
I shall fear no discouragement.
For a strong urge is within me;
The curiosity and motivation they comforteth me.
It demandeth preparation of storage space for the acquistion of countless documents.
It annointeth my head with burning mid-night oil;
My family group sheets runneth over.
Surely birth, marriage, and death dates shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of a family history seeker forever.

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You brake for libraries.
You hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery.
You would rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping mall.
You would rather read census schedules than a good book.
You are more interested in what happened in 1697 than 1997.
Savage, Torry, and Pope are household names, but you cannot remember what to call the dog.
You can pinpoint Harrietsham, Hawkhurst, Kent, but can't locate your state capitol on the map.
You think every home should have a copier and a microfilm reader.
You know every register of deeds in the state by name, but they lock the doors when they see you coming.
You store your clothes under the bed, because your closet is full of books and papers.
You eat on the patio all the time because the dining room table is hidden by unsorted papers and there are files on every chair.
All your correspondence begins "Dear Cousin".
You have traced every one of your ancestral lines back to Adam and Eve, have it documented, and still don't want to quit.
You check out mail lists looking for 'real' cousins.
You're thrilled to get an e-mail with an 800K attachment of part of your family.
When you introduce yourself, you always add 'I'm looking for dead relatives!'.