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All Kinds of Numbers

In addition to plain-ole ID numbers, Reunion has the ability to assign ancestor, descendant, and relative numbers to people in your family file.

Reunion lets you assign numbers using different numbering systems with different people as the source person simultaneously. For example, you can assign ancestor numbers to your ancestors (you would be the source person) and also assign descendant numbers for the descendants of your earliest known immigrant ancestor (he would be the source person for those calculations). And finally, you could assign relative numbers for all the relatives of yet another person, perhaps your grandfather. In this scenario, some of the people in your family file will have only one type of number, but some will have multiple numbers.

As if that wasn't enough, Reunion will also let you assign multiple instances of the same type of numbering system. For example, you could create descendant numbers for the descendants of your father's grandfather and then, in addition to those numbers, create descendant numbers for the descendants of your mother's grandmother.

Reunion conveniently lets you include user-defined text prefixes to the numbers, to help you distinguish the different systems and source persons.

Ancestor Numbering

(Ancestor numbers are the same as ahnentafel numbers.)

Numbering Options

Note: these options apply to ancestor, descendant, and relative numbering.

Numbering options include the addition of a user-defined prefix. If you intend to assign numbers for multiple people simultaneously, it's a good idea to include a user prefix, such as the initials of the source person. In the example above, the user prefix "L" could mean the "Leister" branch.

The generation prefix is simply a number, in parentheses, representing the number of generations between a person and the source person of the numbering. These are also used in family history reports.

Set the total number of generations for number assignment using the Generations box.

The Stop on Duplicates button determines whether or not people will have more than one number assigned when they appear in your ancestry/descendancy more than once. For example, if your grandparents were second cousins and you started ahnentafel numbering beginning with you, then you would have great, great grandparents appearing in multiple lines of your ancestry. If you want only one number assigned to them, you should check the Stop on Duplicates button. Otherwise, your great, great grandparents will have multiple ahnentafel numbers for their different instances in your ancestry. (Relative numbering never includes multiple numbers, thus the Stop on Duplicates button does not appear in the Relative tab of the Numbering window.)

To clear existing numbers prior to assigning new numbers, check the button Clear All [NumberType] Numbers First. If this option is selected, Reunion will remove the relevant number assignments on all family cards prior to assigning new numbers. If this button is unchecked, Reunion will not change any existing number assignments. One reason for doing this would be to assign numbers from two relatives back to a common ancestor. For example, if you assign ancestor numbers from you and from a second cousin, the common ancestor would be your great grandfather. Your great grandfather's family card would show two ancestor numbers -- one representing the line from you and one representing the line from your second cousin.

Descendant Numbering

Descendant numbers refer to either...

  • the register numbering system (used in register reports), or
  • the legal numbering system (used in family history reports).

Relative Numbering

Relative numbers are a combination of ahnentafel numbers (for ancestors of a source person) and legal numbers (for descendants of the same source person).

Showing Numbers on the Family Card

Ancestor, Descendant, and/or Relative numbers will appear on the family card if you include them in the "view."

Numbers in Lists, Reports, and Charts

Many of Reunion's lists (such as the Index) can display ancestor, descendant, and/or relative numbers and allow you to select people by number.

If ancestor, descendant, and/or relative numbers are included in reports and charts, they will be appended to names.