Monday, April 11, 2011

Family History Analysis

So for the last 6 weeks I've been in a family history class for Sunday School at church. For the most part we learned how to find ancestors and what documentation to look for. This is what most people need to learn about in order to do geneology. As I was born in northern Utah to 5th or 6th generation mormons I will never need to find new people. No really. I'm serious. Let me put it this way, I have to go back 7 generations to reach a point where someone is missing, and even then it's 8 people missing out of 128 people. Not to mention that frankly I don't believe that I'm actually related to anyone in my family history once it goes back beyond the 1600's. Most of my ancestors have had LDS temple work done for them at least a few dozen times, so I guess I get to clean up that clerical mess.

In the meantime, I decided to look at my more immediate ancestry to see what kind of information I could get from it. Because I'm a nerd I like to play with numbers, and here are the results:

Plot of lifespan by year of birth:
From fam history