Genealogy from Adam
to the Twelve Tribes

including their wives

fully documented

by John P. Pratt (Current version, not the 1968 version)

©1968, 2001 by John P. Pratt. All rights Reserved.

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_Adam_         _Japheth           _Haran_&_Nahor_
      |       |          _Serug__|
      |_Noah__|_Shem____|        |           _Ishmael
              |                  |_Abraham__|         _Esau
              |_Ham___                      |_Isaac__|
                      |                              |_Jacob_


These charts contain the genealogy of all mankind for the first 1700 years, and of Abraham's line down to the sons of the twelve sons of Israel, about 500 years later. The genealogy of the wives of these twelve is also included, as well as that of the wives of many of the patriarchs such as Noah, Lamech, and Shem. The above contents are links to separate charts. Those charts also have links as well as names highlighted in red which show more info when pointed to.

Since these charts were first published in 1968 I've done much work to pin down the actual dates, which are summarized in my Religious Chronology page. The dates given in this genealogy are measured since "time began" to be measured in the Biblical chronology. Those dates can now be said to be measured beginning with the 0 for Adam meaning the time of his leaving the Garden of Eden in the spring of 4001 B.C.

In the 1968 version, the dates came from a variety of sources. In the ensuing decades I've learned that the Book of Jasher, which agrees with the Bible but has many more dates, is the most internally self-consistent source. Moreover, it matches the sacred calendars discovered in the interim. Therefore, in this version all dates in this version are taken from the Book of Jasher. That allows one to see the many internal double-checks included in that book. That results in very few changes from the original edition. Discrepancies with dates from other sources will be noted in the references.

The actual intermarriages of our first ancestors at times became complicated, but the relationships should be clear from these charts if a few simple rules concerning notation are understood.

The first basic rule is that [if a vertical bar connects the right side of two individuals, it means they are the parents of the children to the right of them. If a vertical bar connects the left side, then it means are siblings.] All women have (f) for female following their names. Thus, Example 1 below means that Adam and Eve were the parents of Cain, Abel, and Seth. Sons are listed in the order of birth; daughters, when included, are generally added to the end of the list, not necessarily implying that they were all born after the sons.

When a man had more than one wife the children are connected to the vertical bars between the husband and the corresponding wife. Wives are listed in order of marriage unless otherwise specified by a number preceding the wife's name. Accordingly, Example 2 indicates that Reuben was Jacob's son by his first wife Leah, and Dan was his son by his third wife Bilhah.

       Example 1                         Example 2 

__Adam____    __Cain___            __1._Leah_(f)___     
          |  |                                     |__Reuben__ 
          |__|__Abel___            __3._Bilhah_(f)_| 
          |  |                                     |__Dan_____ 
__Eve_____|  |__Seth___            __Jacob_________|

Three of Adam and                  Reuben was the son of Jacob  
Eve's children were                and his first wife Leah; Dan
Cain, Abel and Seth                was the the son of Jacob  
                                   and his third wife Bilhah.

The second basic rule is that when a wife is not specified, a man's offspring are connected to him by a [vertical] line in the case of one son, or by a branched set in the case of more than one. In order to maintain this notation consistently throughout, especially that of the order of birth, it is often necessary to cross the vertical marriage bars. This is accomplished by either breaking the bars or the line crossing, depending on what relationship is being stressed. The fact that the lines do not connect with the vertical bars is important because the line continuing through the bars is not a son, but a continuation of the same person. For example, Example 3 shows that Lamech married Cainan's daughter Adah, and their child was Jabal. Jared, however, was the son of Mahalaleel, Adah's brother. The only exception to this rule of parents and children being actually connected to the vertical bars is Lot (page 5), whose line does not touch the bars to emphasize that the line to the right of the marriage still refers to Lot and not to a son.

            Example 3.
            __Lamech______     __Jared__        
                          |   |
           |              |______Jabal__

   Jared was Mahalaleel's son,
   but Jabal was the son of Lamech 
   and Mahalaleel's sister Adah(f).

The only other needed explanation is that one straight line, regardless of length, always refers to just one person. If he was known by more than one name, the other is listed in parentheses, either below or to the right of his other name. Bible spelling of all names is used whenever possible. Also, all birth and death dates are counted in years after the beginning of Adam's mortal life. Dotted lines indicate that the person is a direct descendant, but that the exact relationship is uncertain.

A complete list of references for all the information found in these charts is found [after the charts].


[In the references on each page,] "Jash." refers to the Book of Jasher, "Josephus" refers to Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, by Flavius Josephus, "Abr." and "Moses" refer to the books of Abraham and Moses found in the LDS Pearl of Great Price.

[Note to Internet edition: Much of the information in these charts comes from the Book of Jasher, which is not a scriptural source. Continued research over the last three decades, however, has vindicated the use of this book. It was taken from a very ancient source indeed, and is much more reliable than is Josephus. There is an article, "How Did Jasher Know" on this website discussing it's authenticity. I was unaware of the Book of Jubilees, which also has much genealogical information, when I produced these charts. Since that time I've looked at the Book of Jubilees in detail and have found it to be unreliable in chronological and genealogical information. Thus, most of the information in these charts still looks correct to me, so I feel it is worth republishing on the Internet. The entire Book of Jasher can be found on this website, formatted by chapter to allow easy checking of all the references given.]