My Ancestor Score as of Valentine’s Day 2018

De Vältesdag, deen den 14. Februar a ville Länner gefeiert gëtt, ass deen Dag vun den Verléiften.  Ouni déi Koppelen, déi virun eis gelieft hun géifen mir net existéieren.

Valentine’s Day reminds me of the couples who came before me – without whom I would not exist.

This is my fifth year doing the Ancestor Score on Valentine’s Day.  I first learned this way of keeping tabs on the progress in my genealogy research from Barbara Schmidt in 2014. She posted her latest Ancestor Score February 2018 last week.

My Ancestor Score

The names of 57 new ancestors were added to my family tree database during the year. Most of these are 6th and 7th great-grandparents who were found while writing about my Luxembourgish and German 5th great-grandparents last year.

Generation 6 is still hanging in there at 30 of 32 ancestors. I continue to search for the key to the door of my most frustrating DEMPSEY brick wall. Who were the parents of William A. W. DEMPSEY 1820-1867 of Fayette County, West Virginia?

I wrote the above last year and it’s still the case and has been for at least a half-dozen years or longer.

My focus this year is on the American ancestors as I organize and set up the groundwork for more serious DNA research. I am now seeing descendants of William A. W. DEMPSEY in my matches. I have matches for descendants of his four sons (James Alexander, John Henry, William Henderson, and Elijah Lewis) and daughter Mary Virginia. I’m still looking for matches who descend from Lizzie and Eunice, the other two daughters. All I need is for all of the matches to upload their raw DNA to GEDmatch so I can compare the chromosomes, separate the chromosomes coming from his wife Sarah Ann WOOD, and compare all unknowns with what is left in hopes of finding matches who descend from William’s parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents. Sounds easy?

My Children’s Ancestor Score

My children’s ancestor score looks a lot better mostly due to their paternal line being mainly from Luxembourg. Ninety-five percent of their ancestors to the 8th generation are known. Their numbers for the next two generations are quite high compared to mine – even when you consider the difference in generations.

Stats for previous years are included in both tables above. The posts from previous years can be found here:

Have you done your Ancestor Score recently? I’d love to have a look. Please post your link in a comment below. Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day.

© 2018, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

22 thoughts on “My Ancestor Score as of Valentine’s Day 2018”

  1. I am jealous 🙂 I am totally hanging in the air on my mother’s line. Both maternal and paternal. I really need to find my greatgrandmother this year. That is my main objective. She has to be out there somewhere.. we can’t be the only descendants .. 🙂 And I am glad you still go strong with your ancestor score!

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    1. Good luck with the research on your great-grandmother. Once you find the key (other descendants or records) to open the door you’ll be flooded with new ancestors. I know you weren’t to do this first but thank you for blogging about it in 2014. 🙂


  2. So impressive! I won’t do a tally since it would make me too sad. On my mother’s side I don’t even know all of my great-great-grandparents, and on my father’s side I mostly can get a few three or four times greats!

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    1. The Luxembourgish branches make all the difference. The line which is showing up in the 13 to 18xgreat-grandparents has been researched by someone else and I hope to one day be able to duplicate it so that I feel better about including the generations in my score.
      You wouldn’t think you had so many missing with the amount of time and research you put into the descendants of your ancestors.
      Thank you, Amy.

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      1. I actually am somewhat amazed that I can even find some who go back as far as the early 1700s. For Jewish genealogy, that’s like going back to the 1300s!

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  3. This is fun. Right now my research goal is to go back to my immigrant ancestors on my maternal grandmother’s side. A lot of colonial records to sort through. Question, a few times, I find grandparents that repeat because cousins are marrying. Do I count them twice? For example, the same couple are my 9x gg and also 10x gg.

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  4. Very fun, Cathy! You’ve made great progress since the first year you did this! I should see where I’m at – I’d guess in the neighborhood of 100 or so. Thanks for sharing this annual report! It demonstrates where good research skills can take us!

    Tim Hughes

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    1. As I just wrote to Tim in a comment, I wish I had done this from the beginning. It’s fun to see the numbers go up. However, sometimes I worry that as my research progresses I may find an error (or learn of a different relationship through DNA) and have to cut out a branch. 😦

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