A typical family tree can have thousands of names, dates and places in it which can make it a little cumbersome to keep all the data conveniently listed for quick use. Different types of charts and tables are common in genealogy, including the compact Tiny Tafel report. Most genealogy software programs will generate these for you as they are not usually something you make up yourself.
The nature of the Tiny Tafel report is a summary of surnames in your list of ancestors, and though it works better with a computer, it can be handy for you as a person too. It shows you the date range where your various surnames are found. So if you had such a list with you at a library, you’d be able to see immediate what dates you should be concerned with.
These types of reports were first created in 1986 to be used with computer software and the format is very specific. Each report has 4 columns and includes the soundex code, the first year that surname appears, the last year that surname is found, and the surname itself.
To use an example from a Tiny Tafel report in my own tree, it would look like this:
R516 1799 1920 Rumford
S120 1340 1465 Savage
S352 1430 1438 Sidington
S354 1362 1413 de Stanley
S354 1380 1431 Stanley
That tells me right off that I have Rumfords in my family and that they show up in my tree between 1799 and 1920. So if I were doing research on these names, I can see the era involved though not the number of people with that name (I think that would be a very handy addition to a Tiny Tafel report).
These are very short and simple genealogy reports and can be used to produce a list of ancestor surnames for your own records or to share with fellow genealogists. These are not as common (or really as useful) as the ahnentafel report, but they do have their place.