In yesterday’s post, I presented a numbering system that my wife’s aunt had used for her genealogy. I couldn’t make sense of it at all and as I was talking about it I threw out my guess as to how it probably was supposed to work.
This got me to thinking. How did people keep up with information before the advent of computers? Seriously, we are so blessed to have software programs that we just enter a name into and it can produce reports, number the individuals for us, number the marriages, etc…
Back in the day, as some might say, things were a lot different!
I’ve discovered that the idea I threw out yesterday was pretty much correct, as far as I can see. I began to research numbering systems and found out that this system is called the d’Aboville System and is a descending numbering method developed by Jacques d’Aboville in 1940. (Wikipedia)
This system is much like the Henry System except instead of going like the Henry System (11214) it adds a period or dot between each individual, like this 184.108.40.206.4. It was mainly used in France so I don’t know how my wife’s aunt in Texas came to know of it.
I’m going to delve into this further because I am now fascinated by the concept of these old numbering systems.
Thanks for stopping by today,