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My Maternal Ancestor Count — 2019 Update

My Maternal Ancestor Count


It’s been a little more than two years since my Grandma passed away.  She has been on my mind a lot during the last few months.  I miss talking to her on the phone about my discoveries.  She would be so excited about all that I have learned about her French ancestors.  If she were still living, I probably would have printed her a fan chart for Christmas with her French great-grandfather in the center.

John Baptiste Jerrain, fanchart, 31 December 2019

She would be delighted!


Because at the time of her death I knew the names of her great-grandfather’s parents and two older sisters, but that was it!  All of the rest of that work has happened since October of 2018.  I’ve found several more ancestors than what you can see in that chart, but I haven’t added them to FamilySearch yet.  They are still a work in progress.

I am thankful every day for my Grandma and the excellent start she gave me in my genealogy journey.

In honor of her, I share my updated Maternal Ancestor Count.


Maternal Ancestor Count, 27 September 2017 - 30 December 2019


There are a few really exciting tidbits in this update.


I also know who his paternal grandparents are!  I may also know who his mother is, that is still not perfectly clear, but I’m working on it.  Those additions are so miraculous, I colored the boxes representing those three precious ancestors purple.

That work required a huge chunk of my time in 2019.  Well worth it!

Second, I added my first set of 10th great-grandparents to my tree while working on my Joseph Miet project!  AMAZING!!

Those two precious ancestors represent only .098% of my 2,048 10th great-grandparents.  That is less than one-tenth of 1%, but still a huge milestone for me!

Aside from my John Costello success on my Mom’s paternal line, all other direct line ancestor additions in 2019 were on my Mom’s Mom’s Mom’s line.  All but one were on that wonderful Jerrain line in France.

I have learned so much this year about French research.  My transcription and translation skills have drastically improved.  I’ve learned all sorts of research log tricks to help me keep track of what collections I have searched and what I was searching for in those collections, as well as how to keep track of those “bright shiny objects” I find in the church records without derailing the task at hand.  My questions are becoming more focused, my researching more efficient, and my discoveries more complex and oh-so-exciting!

In 2019 I added EIGHTEEN direct line ancestors to my tree and SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY-NINE total family members to my tree.

That is something to celebrate!

This coming year I anticipate those numbers to be far smaller as I work on my portfolio and some targeted genealogy education.  But I know those numbers will still grow.  That is joyful.  Every single name I type into my tree feels like a shared victory with my Grandma.  Because of that incredible feeling, I will seek that thrill for the rest of my life.


So Grandma, here’s to another fantastic year filled with genealogy discovery for the two of us!  I love you!!




2020 is here — let’s hit the ground running!!


What is your ancestor count?



10 thoughts on “My Maternal Ancestor Count — 2019 Update”

    1. Thank you, Amy! I hope 2020 is filled with family time and genealogy success for you! ❤️

  1. I enjoy reading your blog. And I enjoy your organization; you give me goals to aspire too.

    Have a great year!

    PS as info, could not connect through the WordPress icon below

    Best regards,

    1. Thank you, Charles! That is so kind of you to say. ❤️

      Can you tell me a bit more about this, “PS as info, could not connect through the WordPress icon below.” Were you using the app or online? Where was the WordPress icon? (I confess that website maintenance is not my strength…)

    1. Happy New Year, Ellen!! Yes! I was so delighted to add a set of 10th great-grandparents. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Happy New Year, Amberly. I’ll tally mine up later this month as I do the same for my ancestors and for my children’s ancestors for Valentine’s Day. Congrats on the increased count.

    1. Happy New Year, Cathy! Thank you, I was really excited to have added a set of 10th great-grandparents. Also, everything I learned about John Costello — amazing! Those two milestones made my year awesome. ❤️

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