Descendancy Research

Most of us understand the concept of finding our Ancestors, or working back in time to develop a pedigree. There is another type of research that takes an ancestor, say a 2nd great grandfather, and begins to look forward in time at all the descendants flowing from this person. This is called "Descendancy Research".

The image to the right is a diagrammatic representation of all the descendants that came from just one 2nd great grandparent. It's amazing to see how quickly the number of descendants grows over a few generations. If we went back 4 generations and if each generation had 7 children, there would be about 400 descendants. Going back, one further generation, there would be almost 1,100 descendants. Going back 9 generations, there would be almost 17,000 descendants.

Helpful links to explore:
Easy Steps to Descendancy Research
Using to Help Visually Map Descendancy Lines
Descendancy Research Guidelines
Using BYU Virtual Pedigree
Using Puzzilla to Help With Descendancy Research
Finding Our Cousins Using FamilySearch Tools