I am feeding this off another blog Genea-Musings who posted this post called What's Your Number. The premise behind this is to look at the numbers and gauge where you are at discovering your ancestors.
Here is the formula, first there is you, then two parents and they each had two parents, so as you go up to the next generation your number doubles. Going off Genea-Musings post, I went back 10 generations which when you add it all together means you are searching for 1,023 people including yourself. Then figuring who you have discovered over the ten generations you divide them from the number of possible people and that lets your know the percentage of family members you have discovered.
So below are my numbers, I was kind of shocked, not that I thought I was reaching the end but how little I have actually discovered. I usually stop researching a branch once I've figure out who the immigrant to the United States is, mainly because there its tons to discover on this side of the pond and I haven't started paying for an international subscription to Ancestry.com. I will have to post later if I ever do the math of the number of discovering the American families and don't count it against me if I stopped researching.
This sure seems like a lot of people and to think that ten generations is only about 300 years. I guess I have plenty more searching to work on, it's at least good knowing where you stand, right!!! Will have to keep this post going each year and see how the numbers grow.