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and Pedigree Charts
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|Index Dragonrider names||Index Holder's names||Index Craftspeople's names||Elrhan's Pedigree Chart|
|Use the links beneath to jump to the information sections on this page|
|Bloodlines||Pedigree Charts||Direct Line||Indexes|
|General explanations||Color coding||What does N.N. mean?||Notes on the number system|
Genealogy: a fascinating hobby and marvelous profession!
Pernese Bloodlines and other genealogical data came into existence
because of the fact that Elrhan (Hans van der Boom) is a part time
professional genealogist and historical researcher in real life. Because
of the wonderfully detailed writing of Anne McCaffrey, his favorite
science fiction writer, it was possible to compile quite a few Pernese
it gave Hans the chance of a lifetime to combine two favorite pastimes.
plans to publish the Pern Bloodlines (as a book or CD-rom), possibly
together with the Pern Encyclopedia. This will not happen soon since
work on both projects will take some time to be completed.
If you are interested please email Hans van der Boom.
If you have any questions on
genealogy in general or if you suspect you have any Dutch people among
your ancestors I would be happy to try and provide an answer to any
general questions you might have.
|Bloodlines||Bloodlines are what we Terrans call genealogies or family trees. They trace descendants starting with an oldest known ancestor. Pernese Bloodlines are no different than the Terran genealogies but for the fact that it is logically very hard to get them complete, covering some 2500 Turns, with the published books as the only source. Therefore you will sometimes find large gaps between generations, something that can't be avoided. However, the Bloodlines are as complete as possible (though I am still working on several of them), especially since I received permission from Anne McCaffrey herself to invent possible liaisons when necessary, though I hasten to add that I will clearly indicate where I have done so.|
|Pedigree Charts||Pedigree charts are different from Bloodlines and genealogies in that they don't start with an oldest known ancestor. With a pedigree chart you don't list descendants but ancestors of both the (natural) father and mother of the person you start with. The Pernese pedigree charts cover only four generations.||
Try making your own pedigree chart. It's
Start with yourself, then follow up with the data concerning your parents, their parents etc. The fact that you are also researching the maternal lines makes for interesting finds because every generation the number of different surnames doubles.
|Direct Line||A direct line is exactly what is says: a direct line from a given person to his or her oldest known ancestor. This form of genealogy will be used for persons that do not merit a Bloodline (e.g. a person about whose family is not known much, certainly not of any side branches).||A direct line is easy to do, but don't forget to write down more than birth-, marriage- and death dates and places. Write down as much as you can about professions, public offices etc. That's what makes people "live" and what makes your genealogy a good read.|
|Indexes||A tedious work that requires a thorough concentration. Eventually you will be able to click on a person's name to get to his or her place in the relative Bloodline, Pedigree Chart or Direct Line.|
For some persons you can either click on direct line, pedigree
chart or Bloodline (or more than one of these options).
Behind the names of families and persons in the lists above you will find an indication of the time and/or Pass(es) involved (put between brackets).
Color coding: Throughout all the genealogical data the names of dragonriders are given in red while the names of non-dragonriders are given in blue. Further data is given in Old Pern ink.
Persons whose name(s) are unknown are indicated by the abbreviation N.N., which stands for the Latin "Nomen Nescio" (meaning: I do not know the name) and is an internationally recognized genealogical abbreviation. Here too the N.N. will be in red if it is known that the person is or was a dragonrider and in blue when not.
Anne Mccaffrey on Pernese genealogy:
"The old Lord Holders tended to have a lot of children - since being the keen interest of a Lord Holder's lust was a cushy job - and propagation a woman's job. ( I know that the feminists will hate it - but men can't actually gestate.) So there would be lots of people with some Ruathan blood in their veins from extracurricular matings, diffusing the Hanrahan bloodlines. And rightly so. And proud to claim it. (...) For instance, with Gemma, I had to have a cousin with Ruathan Blood for Lessa to abdicate in favor of her son, whatever his paternity."
|Notes on the number system used with the bloodlines||
A special numbering system is used for the genealogies or Bloodlines. I gave each Interval/Pass period a letter, starting with A (First Pass) and ignoring (for now) generations that there must have been in the "gaps". These gaps in time are easily spotted by the word ">GAP". The letter "I" is not used, so the Eight Interval/Ninth Pass is designated by the letter J.
Numbering starts anew after each GAP. The oldest known person
gets number 1. His first child number 11, second child number 12 etc. In this way you can
deduce from the number alone who the father or mother is (just delete the last number) and
(if the order of children within a family is known) you can even see the order of birth
within a family (e.g. number 123 is the third child in the family of parent 12, which in
his or her turn is the second child of number 1).
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Elrhan, Master Archivist.