Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was.
1) Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation? That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor.” When was that second ancestor born?
2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google+.
I can’t get back very far at all
1) Me (born 1962) – All of my grandparents died before I was born, so I can only get back to my parents, Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009) and Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990)
2) My dad’s paternal grandparents (Joseph Whimpey 1848-1919, and Sarah Jane Sharp 1853-1906) died before he was born, so he only knew his maternal grandparents, Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949). He may have met his great grandmother Maria Louisa Doyle (1847-1925), but he would have been very young at the time. His other maternal great grandparents died before he was born
Mum’s grandparents were Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) and Mary Reeves (1864-1951), Harry Docwra (1866-1934) and Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925). She would have met all of her grandparents, although she was only 2 years old when Emily died. Only one of her great grandparents was alive when she was born, George Oliver (1846-1930).
So the furthest back I can go with two degrees of separation would be to George Oliver, born in 1846 – 98 years before my birth.