What is a good numbering system for a very large database? I have looked around, but the popular systems seem really complicated over a large number of generations and people. My database contains around 2,000 people last I checked, and goes back almost 60 generations.
What I have done so far is to split the family into four families, for the surname of each of my grandparents. Then I number each generation starting with my own and going back as far as I can get reasonable accuracy with good sources. For example, Hamilton gen 3 would be my grandparents on one side. The reason I started out this way is because my mom's side of the family is interested in my research, but not in the research on my dad's side, so I split off the trees for each family when sharing information even though they are currently in one database on my computer. As for the numbering of generations, I didn't know when I started how many generations I would go back.
The problems I have run into is overlap between families and the varying number of generations removed one family can be depending on which way I am related to them. So I recognize that I need to consolidate, at least down to my father's branch and my mother's branch if not just one branch for myself.
Does anyone have a good system for numbering a large number of ancesters for easy reference when going back and forth between paper and database?