Relatively Speaking: Eight Ton Pedigree Chart

Relatively Speaking is a throwback to another time in the world of genealogy. These are anecdotal stories to inspire those who search for their ancestors. Although, many of these stories are from before the world of computers and certainly the age of the internet, I believe that all of us have benefited from serendipity in our research.

Eight Ton Pedigree Chart

Earlier this year I received this inquiry, ??????Is it possible to obtain a large pedigree chart that would hold at least 40 generations???????

A 20 (not 40) generation chart would provide for the names of 38,808,575 people, and each added generation would double that! If we allowed one-quarter inch between the name lines in the 20th generation the chart would be 90,112 inches, or more than 7,509 feet in vertical dimension and each additional generation would double that!

If we provided name lines of two and one-half inches in length, a 20 generation chart would be only 45 inches wide and each additional generation would add only another two and one half inches in width. On such a 20 generation chart, #1 would be approximately three-eighths of a mile from each of his/her parents and his father would be shown almost three-quarters of a mile above his mother, with the full chart being almost one and one half miles high.

The local newspaper advises me their newsprint comes in rolls thirty inches wide, approximately six miles long, weighs nearly a thousand pounds and costs about $70 per roll (back in the day) in carload lots. Each roll, if about a foot and a half wider, would be almost the exact size required for a 22 generation pedigree chart ???????? but it????????s a cheap quality paper and not at all suitable for a pedigree chart.


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