Why is it called “Ahnenblatt”?

Ahnenblatt is a “Made in Germany” Windows-based genealogy software. But why is an international software called “Ahnenblatt”?

Ahnenblatt is a German word and means “ancestor sheet”. A formular on a single sheet of paper for collecting all data of a single person. And indeed, the person’s input dialog in the very first version of Ahnenblatt (back in 1992 for the Atari ST – the great-grandfather of a modern PC) was a simple dialog for basic data which could easily fit on a single sheet.

Nowadays Ahnenblatt’s input dialog is much more complexer for fitting on a single sheet, but is still easy to handle every detail of your ancestor’s lifes.

But back to the name “Ahnenblatt” …

There is similar German-based word in genealogy which can also be found in various programs: “Ahnentafel” (see Wikipedia article for more details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahnentafel), what means “ancestor table”.

Who knows? Perhaps Ahnenblatt gets so much popular in the future, that it will also get an own Wikipedia article.

You don’t believe? Then watch out this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahnenblatt … and to be clear: I was not the author!