General Introduction to Generation ID Indexes.

Please note: These indexes originally appeared in Tapestry, Volume 4 as a standalone book located in the pressbooks.com infrastructure. Then pressbooks migrated to a subscription model which is too expensive for a simple text only website. So the indexes were moved here to a traditional wordpress site and no longer appear as a book. The indexes are evolving over time and need to be up-to-date unversioned living documents. So right now it does not make sense to publish them as a static versioned book.

My approach to organizing people for historical and genealogical study rose out of dealing with many different flawed methodologies. One day I ran into the Stanley family book, volume 6, which assigns a generation ID number to every person, and also assigns a person ID number. This is an ordered pair of numbers that comprise a GID, or Generation Index Identifier. The Stanley book then inserts the GID into the name of every person mentioned in the book as they appear. This way, when you read the book, you have no doubt whatsoever what person is being mentioned.

n an index list everybody who is living at the same time will have the same generation number. Or the previous number, or the subsequent number. That is rather handy.

The first index I generated was for my surname, which is Clounch, but before 1865 was Claunch. I found the oldest ancestor that can be verified by DNA matches, and called him and his wife the first generation. Their children are the second generation. And so on. I am in the 8th generation.

The family book about the Clounch/Claunch family is:

Tapestry, Volume 1.

and this book is being edited as part of the pressbooks migration and is currently set to private.

But I have other pedigrees in my family. The most famous one is Girlington. So I followed that tree back in historical time. The original ancestor Waleran Gyrlngton was listed in the Domesday Book and was born in 1058 AD. Waleran is in the Girlington Index as Waleran G1.1 Gyrlngton.

Similar to Girlington is the related family of Tunstall, and Arkill T1.1 Tunstall was born in 1000 AD in Normandy. He came with William the Conqueror in 1066.

Girlington and Tunstall are combined into one index, but Tunstall has a ‘T’ prefix and Girlington has a ‘G’ prefix. Some people have both prefixes in their name.

The family book about Girlington/Tunstall is:

Tapestry, Volume 7.

and this book also is being edited as part of the pressbooks migration and is currently set to private.

A plantagenet would receive a ‘P’ prefix. And so on.

Here is a page describing the Clounch/Claunch Index. This index has no letter prefix because it was the only index at the time. The index itself is found here.

Here is a link to the Girlington/Tunstall index.

Some people have said I should not insert the GID into a person’s name. but I really do want to be able to refer to James 2.26 versus James 2.23 for example. It just seems sort of natural.