This is the Generation ID index (abbreviated GID index), and it is a list of the people in the pedigree of Jeremiah 1.1 Claunch – 1752 and Jane 1.2 McGuire
Who Is Included
I shall try to include everybody discussed in the book who appear in Volume I, Unit Two and Unit Three. Excluded are the people descended from the Claunch ancestors of Jeremiah Claunch – 1752 or descended from Jeremiah 1.1’s his half brother John Franklin Claunch – 1760.
There is a simple reason for this exclusion: The males of those Claunch line do not carry the celtic Y-DNA of haplotype R-M269. Instead they carry the eastern european haplotype J-M172, and are thus descended from an entirely different ancient family, regardless of the surname Claunch. Eventually, if I live long enough to get around to studying those branches of the surname, I may create a Glantz GID index for them.
[footnote]Consider the problems resented by tracing the generations of another family line such as Roberson. You have to pick somebody in the Roberson tree to be generation one, and count from there. And the numbers in that space overload with the numbers in this space. One of my goals is to keep the number space surname relative. So Roberson space doesnt look anything like Claunch space. Each space is relative to the book, or study, that describes the tree. [/footnote]
So this particular index begins with Jeremiah and Jane themselves identified as Generation 1, and their children as Generation 2. And so on.
Index usage in the text of the book.
Outside the index, in the text of the book, I have started adding the index number as a suffix immediately after their first name. This is similar to the practice used in the Stanley book, Volume 6. https://fliphtml5.com/oeanu/atuj/basic
Here is how the index is numbered. The generation number starts at 1 for the oldest know generation, and monotonically increases in each succeeding generation toward present day. Within each generation the person ID number starts counting at at 1. I.e., it does not remember the last person from the previous generation.
So far I have seen 9 generations. I myself am in Generation 8. I am GID 8.1, meaning generation 8, person one because I just happened to get written down before anyone else in Generation 8. Its not that I was born before or after anyone else in that generation. So in the book I would refer to myself as David 8.1 Leff Clounch III, but in the index I am defined as “8.1 David Leff Clounch III born 1950’s. My definition appears in places such as a colored box titled Children of 7.12 Louis Leff Clounch.
Please note that while this study is under development the index numbers are subject to change. When Volume 1 is published it will receive a version number and become Volume 1, Version 1. At that time the index numbers will be frozen. Afterwards, as Volume 1 is revised, newly discovered persons will be added to the index at the tail end of the existing numbers regardless of where they fit into the tree.
In the index I have also started expressing the entire lifespan, if it is known, of each person as an integral part of their name rather than merely stating the birthyear which has been my habit throughout 2021 This is longer and looks tedious, but it is also more precise in terms of uniquely identifying individuals who are named similarly. Why is this important? Let me give an example. In Kentucky we have three people named James Claunch who were born within a year of each other. What is the easiest way to tell them apart? Birth year and death year. My methodology is just make this part of their name. Similarly, we have 10+ Jeremiah Claunch people with a similar problem, some who lived simultaneously in the same county. It can become maddening trying to uniquely identify them.