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Diana
Diana Tibert
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I was 22 years old when I began researching my family tree. At the time, I didnt think about how many people it would contain. I didnt know how far back in history I would reach or the number of generations that would be included. My question was simple: Where did my Tibert name originate?

Others, however, have a clear plan when they begin their research. They might collect information on a direct line of ancestors as far back as possible, a specific number of generations with side branches or everyone with a connection to the family.

I was 22 years old when I began researching my family tree. At the time, I didnt think about how many people it would contain. I didnt know how far back in history I would reach or the number of generations that would be included. My question was simple: Where did my Tibert name originate?

Others, however, have a clear plan when they begin their research. They might collect information on a direct line of ancestors as far back as possible, a specific number of generations with side branches or everyone with a connection to the family.

In the beginning, it might be all about the numbers - number of individuals within the tree. One might brag, I have 20,000 names! And if that provides satisfaction then thats fine, but they are just a bunch of names and dates. What makes a family tree fascinating are the details.

On the first trip to the archives, I discovered the Tibert name was from the Palatinate Area of Germany. I could have been satisfied with that fact and ended my search there, but somewhere between digging into church records and victual lists, I was bitten by a bug - the genealogy bug. The more I discovered about Johannes Diebert (Teybert, Tibert), the more I felt a connection to him. Over the proceeding months, I began a relationship with this ancestor I never knew could develop. In doing so, I created a family tree that included eight generations and transported me back to 1752.

How many people are recorded in my family tree? I havent counted, but in general, if a couple has three kids, and those three kids have three kids, and - well, you get the picture. Doing the math for eight generations, it is estimated 11,502 people, including spouses (but not including the parents of these spouses), make up my family tree. Thats a lot of people and thats only on my fathers side.

Of course, this is just an estimate. Some ancestors did not have children while some had more than 10. Also, I didnt follow each line for eight generations, just the main line. I dont have a lot of information on every individual and thats OK.. Many individuals on the family tree fringes are simply named.

Geographic location: Palatinate Area, Germany

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