The Reference numbers do have a structure to them:
- The first 2 digits are a generation number
- To put things in to perspective
- Our common ancestor John Maliphant (1691-1763) has the reference number 40008, so he is in generation 40
- Harry Maliphant (1520-1592) is the earliest we believe we can connect to at present and has 36001
- William Maliphant who died in 1362 and is buried at Upton Castle is estimated in generation 29
- Walter Maliphant who died in 1258 is estimated in generation 26
- Today's new births are in generation 50/51
- That is a 26 generation spread accross some 760 years
- The next 3 digits are simply a sequential number
- The first spouse has 500 added (second 600, third 700 etc)
40008 John's first wife has the reference 40508 and the 2nd wife has 40608, all being part of generation 40
Non-Maliphants (e.g. where the name is lost through marriage) follow the same logic, but are prefixed by the Reference number of the last Maliphant.
Mary Ann's Reference 43019 will prefix any/all descendants further down the tree, each with their own unique suffix following the rules above, starting with her children being in generation 44.