The Logical Process

Regardless of what it is that we want to achieve, the one simple golden rule in genealogy is that we need to to start our ancestry search with ourselves and work back through our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, into the unknown.

Keep in mind that if you wish to trace your family back in both the paternal and maternal lines, each generation doubles up. You start with yourself, two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and so on. Theoretically the number of ancestors in a genealogical chart spanning thirty generations, would be in the region of 1 073 741 904 individuals.

This sequence of starting with yourself and working back in time should be followed even if you want to try and prove a link to a historical figure or your descent from a common progenitor or from a particular historical group.

Nothing could be worse than trying to trace all the descendants of a particular person and then finding out that you are not even related to him or her. Imagine the wasted time, effort and money, not to mention the embarrasment.