For example, in my case, I am #1; my father is #2 (2x1); and my mother is #3 (2+1). My mother’s parents would be numbered as follows: She is #3; her father is #6 (2x3); and her mother is #7 (6+1). Another example is for my paternal grandfather. He is #4; his father is #8 (2x4); and his mother is #9 (8+1).
To be fair, I have not seen anyone list their Ahnentafel table the way that I have presented mine on this blog. This construct is purely my own invention. I wanted to be able to see the father and mother and the children of a family group all in one place, with all ancestral lines together. So, I created a table where they are all listed side-by-side as follows (see the "Ahnentafel" link to the right for a larger table; I have made this one smaller for demonstration purposes only):
For me, this works. For others, they may shy away from something that is different from how they may have seen an Ahnentafel displayed before. I invite you to research on your own and decide for yourself how to display your own family line.
I want to make one point, though. Even though this table focuses on the direct-line ancestors, I don’t make the mistake of researching only those people. I like to research collateral lines because I find that branching out from my straight-line pedigree affords me the ability to put family groups back together and determine whether a person happens to belong to my family. This has been called cluster genealogy by some while the great genealogy guru Elizabeth Shown Mills calls it the FAN Principle: researching the Friends/Associates/Neighbors of your ancestors.
If you wish to follow my Ahnentafel table example for your own genealogy, please feel free to do so. Everything on my blog is here for your use. I simply ask that you credit my work. You may copy-and-paste the citation formula at the bottom of the page, and all you must do is change out the dates and post titles. Good luck in your research!