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Single Numbering System

From: James Diehl
DearMYRTLE,
Is there a single numbering system that will allow me to number ancestors, my descendants, descendants of ancestors, and their husbands, wives, etc? If so where do I find it?

DearJAMES,

There is no single accepted numbering system per se. The genealogy programs out there will generally allow you to assign your own unique numbering system. These genealogy programs also provide for printing books and reports, using various numbering systems.

Richard Pence wrote a series of informative articles about numbering with examples of each type. You'll find these posted online at Mike St. Clair's website. See:

Pence, Richard. NUMBERING SYSTEMS IN GENEALOGY
http://www.saintclair.org/numbers/

Richard's 1995 summary of genealogical numbering systems includes:

ANCESTOR NUMBERING SYSTEM
-- Sosa-Stradonitz System or Ahnentafel

DESCENDANT NUMBERING SYSTEMS
-- The Register System
(system used by the New England Historical
and Genealogical Register)
-- The Record System or Modified Register System
(system used by the National Genealogical
Society Quarterly)
-- The Henry System
-- The D'Aboville System
-- Modified Henry Systems
-- The de Villiers/Pama System
-- Other Variations
-- Combined Numbering Systems

Ol' Myrt's suggestion is not to worry about a specific numbering system. Just enter the names and pertinent information with source documentation in your main-stream genealogy software program. At the point where you'll need prepare your genealogy for publication, the software does all the thinking for you when it comes to numbering, depending on the type of report you specify.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
 


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