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Number of Persons in Your Ancestry

Do you know how many persons contributed to you being here?  The chart below shows the number of persons in your ancestry. Of course, the numbers assume that none of the parties were related. The number will be reduced when cousins marry since they will have common ancestors -  See Relationship Chart

Generation Number Total Ancestors
Parents Father + Mother 2
Grandparents 4 4 + 2 = 6
Great-Grandparents 8 6 + 8 =14
2nd Great-Grandparents 16 16 + 14 = 30
3rd Great-Grandparents 32 32 + 30 = 62
4th Great-Grandparents 64 64 + 62 = 126
5th Great-Grandparents 128 128 + 126 = 254
6th Great-Grandparents 256 256 + 254 = 510
7th Great-Grandparents 512 512 + 510 = 1022
8th Great-Grandparents 1024 1024 + 1022 = 2046
9th Great-Grandparents 2048 2048 + 2046 = 4094
10th Great-Grandparents 4096 4096 + 4094 = 8190

 

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