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Ahnentafel numbers are not as mysterious as they seem

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f you do a standard branching diagram of your ancestors with the men (fathers) on the upper line and women on the lower, as is conventional, then number the positions of the diagram starting with 1 (yourself) and proceeding from the top of each column (each column being a generation) to the bottom, the numbers will be Ahnentafel numbers (A-numbers). Most print-outs, e.g., PAF print- outs, number the positions in the diagram in this way. Each position is numbered, whether you know the person's name or not...

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