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Definition: A numbering system used to identify each individual in a family tree.  From the German ahnen meaning ancestor, and tafel, table or list.  

Example: A starting person is given the number 1, the individual's father is twice that individual's number (2), and the individual's mother is twice that individual's number plus one (3). So, to find the father of any person, double that number. To find the mother, double the number and add one.

Pronunciation: [ah-nin-tah-ful] • (noun)  

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