How to Read an Ahnentafel Report

If you have been poking around your family history, you’ve probably encountered an ahnentafel (“on-en-toffle”) report. You recognize the names, but what’s with all those confusing numbers? It’s not as difficult as you think – there’s a very simple numbering system that keeps everyone organized, and once you learn it you can browse a printed report faster than looking it up on your computer. I recommend reading Dick Eastman’s explanation of how to read an ahnentafel report, and be sure to read the comments as they clarify some tricky situations.

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