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Ahnentafel Ancestor Challenge

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Ahnentafel Definition

Ahnentafel Ahnentafel

Generation 1 - (One Individual)

1. Self: Me

Generation 2 - Parents (Two Parents)

2. Father (Paternal)
3. Mother (Maternal)

Generation 3 - Grandparents (Four Grandparents)

4. Paternal Grandfather: PGF
5. Paternal Grandmother: PGM
6. Maternal Grandfather: MGF
7. Maternal Grandmother: MGM

Generation 4 - Great Grandparents (Eight Great Grandparents)

8. Paternal Grandfather's Father: PGFm
9. Paternal Grandfather's Mother: PGFm
10. Paternal Grandmother's Father: PGMf
11. Paternal Grandmother's Mother: PGMm
12. Maternal Grandfather's Father: MGFf
13. Maternal Grandfather's Mother: MGFm
14. Maternal Grandmother's Father: MGMf
15. Maternal Grandmother's Mother: MGMm

Generation 5 - Great-Great Grandparents (2nd Great Grandparents)

16. - 31. (16 Individuals)

Generation 6 - Great-Great-Great Grandparents (3rd Great Grandparents)

32. - 63. (32 Individuals)

Anentalfel through 6 Generations

32 (3GxGP) +16 (2GxGP) + 8 (1GxGP) + 4 (GP) + 2 (P) + 1 (Self) = 63 Individuals

Organizing for a 52 Week Challenge

32 (3GxGP) +16 (2GxGP) = 48 individuals + 4 (GPFG) = 52 individuals

  • GPFG - Grandparent Family Group. This includes 1 Grandparent and their father and mother (Great Grandparents)
  • Dividing the year into 4 Grandparent Quarters (GQ) = 13 Weeks to complete a GQ.

First Quarter = Paternal Grandfather Quarter (PGFQ) Second Quarter = Paternal Grandmother Quarter (PGMQ) Third Quarter = Maternal Grandfather Quarter (MGFQ) Forth Quarter = Maternal Grandmother Quarter (MGMQ)

Week 1 = PGFQ Family Group Week 2-4 =

Ahnentafel Ancestor Challenge Format (ACCF)

I. Goal. Encourage participants to Genealogically Define all their direct ancestors up to their 32 Great Grandparents and to post their findings according to the ACCF Calendar.

Rule. If a participant can not genealogically define (GD) an ancestor, they must post the research questions that will help find the missing evidence to complete the profile.

Rule. Participants need to have GD themselves and their parents to participate. As this is more of a challenge to review your pedigree for completeness, you will have better success if you have already identified all profiles in question. Otherwise you will only be writing reasearch questions for the missing ancestors.

II. Overview

A. 1st half of year dedicated to reviewing your Father's side.
B. 2nd half of year dedicated to researching your Mother's side.
C. Each Quarter focuses on a Grand Parent.
1. First Quarter: Paternal Grandfather.
2. Second Quarter: Paternal Grandmother.
3. Third Quarter: Maternal Grandfather.
4. Forth Quarter: Maternal Grandmother.

III. Definitions.

A. Family Group (FG)
B. Genealogically Defined Profile (GDP)
C. Identify (ID)
D. Research Question

IV. Preparation

A. Genealogically Define your profile.
  • Self
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Spouse
  • Children


Me (Self): Michael Lee Stills
B. GD your Parents.
Father (Mother's Spouse)
  • Paternal Grandfather
  • Paternal Grandmother
  • Father's Siblings
Mother (Father's Spouse)
  • Maternal Grandfather
  • Maternal Grandmother
  • Mother's Siblings
  • (Parent's Children)
  • You
  • Your Siblings

V. Begin the Challenge

A. Complete the following Family Groups for each Grand Parent.
B. Quarter Format:

1st Week - Grandparent of Focus

  • Great Grandfather
  • Great Grandmother

2nd-4th Weeks - Family Group of 2nd Great Grandfather (Father of Great Grandfather)

  • 3rd Great Grandfather
  • 3rd Great Grandmother

5th - 7th Weeks - Family Group of 2nd Great Grandmother (Mother of Great Grandfather)

  • 3rd Great Grandfather
  • 3rd Great Grandmother

Note: Notice the Nested Family Group of your Great Grandparents. The first week GD's the Family Group of your Grandparent (Identify their parents and your Grandparent's siblings). Each Quarter contains 13 Weeks. Thus, after the first week, you have 12 weeks remaining to GD your 2nd Great Grandparents. We spilt the 12 weeks between your Great Grandparents. This gives you 6 weeks to work on your Great Grandparents Father and 6 Weeks to work on your Great Grandparents Mother.


1st Quarter: Paternal Grandfather

(Jan - Feb - Mar)

Week 1. - Melvin Virgil Stills

Week 2 - 4. - Uriah M. Ricker

Week 5 - 7. - Martha F Smith

Week 8 - 10: - James Alexander Lowry

Week 11 - 13: - Nancy Caroline Miller

2nd Quarter: Paternal Grandmother

(Apr - May - Jun)

Week 14. - Bertha Naomi McCoy

Week 15-17. - James Wylie McCoy

Week 18-20. - Charlotte Louisa Lovett

Week 21-23. - William Markus Davis

Week 24-26. - Mary Emma Cutshall

3rd Quarter: Maternal Grandfather

(Jul - Aug - Sep)

Week 27. - Blaine Merle Culp

Week 28-30. - Unknown Watt (James Watt?)

Week 31-33. - Nancy Jane Culp

Week 34-36. - John Mccullough Wycoff

Week 37-39. - Elizabeth Jane Frye

4th Quarter: Maternal Grandmother

(Oct - Nov - Dec)

Week 40. - Hazel Evangeline Nelson

Week 41-43. - Albert Gallatin Nelson

Week 44-46. - Flora Elsie Sheldon

Week 47-49. - Elias William Burrier

Week 50-52. - Philippina Phoebe Scheu

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