Family journal reports are the most popular form for publishing genealogy. The report style begins with one person, in this report, Peter Lea Heineman.
The children of each progenitor are assigned, in order of birth, a number. In addition, each child is identified in a manner that establishes that child’s overall placement in both the specific family and the larger family described in the report.
All family members are placed in their respective generations, with generation numbers appearing as superscripts following the first name. In the report, each primary person’s name is followed by a back reference in parenthesis. The back reference includes the given names and generation numbers of each person in the line back to the progenitor.
Peter Lea Heineman (Peter Edward2, Wilhelm August3, John Henry4, John (Johannes)5 Heinemann, Johann Jost6, Johann Henrich7)
This indicates that the father was Peter Edward, the grandfather was Wilhelm August, and the great-grandfather was John Henry and so forth back to Johann Heinrich – the oldest record for the family name (progenitor). This format allows the reader to easily follow a family line and to quickly jump to earlier generations if seeking a particular individual. The following family journal report traces Peter Lea Heineman’s ancestry back 85 generations. Only the first 36 generations are listed in detail below. Select any generation to open the corresponding PDF file.