Besides being a very cool word, ahnentafel is a cool tool. This numbering system permits the family historian to organize genealogical tidbits into a concise framework of chronology and relationships. The resulting document converts a tomb of family history into a pocket-sized widget. As for technology geeks– we can create an ever-increasing number of ahnentafel representations.
This surname snapshot to the left was created on bubbl.us , and the one below was created using My Maps on google maps. In both cases I have been able to take what is to me a dry, boring task and make it a crazy FUN playtime. Added bonus: at play’s end, I have graphic representations to show how the Roahrig surname traveled from the border regions of Germany and France to the border communities of Coshocton and Muskingum Counties, Ohio, USA. (Hint: click on the “view larger map” hyperlink below this map snippet.)
MAPPIN’ MY ROAHRIG AHMENTAFEL
Source: Family Register Report for Frederick Roahrig, Sr. by Doug Kreis.