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 about Thanksgiving, which isn’t relevant for me, since I’ve lived all my life in Australia. I have therefore chosen one of his old missions, from 18 January 2014 – Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – How many Children/Grandchildren In Your Matrilineal Line?
1) Consider your Matrilineal Line (mother’s mothers mother’s, etc.) families – the ones from your mother back through her mother all the way back to the first of that matrilineal line in your family group sheets or genealogy database. List the names of these mothers, and their lifespan years.
2) Use your paper charts or genealogy software program to create a Descendants chart (dropline or graphical) that provide the children and their children (i.e., up to the grandchildren of each mother in the surname list).
3) Count how many children they had (with all spouses), and the children of those children in your records and/or database. Add those numbers to the list. See my example below! [Note: Do not count the spouses of the children]
4) What does this list of children and grandchildren tell you about these persons in your matrilineal line? Does this task indicate areas that you need to do more research to fill out families and find potential cousins?
5) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.
1) My Matrilineal line is:
- Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990) had 6 children, and 14 grandchildren
- Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948) had 3 children and 6 grandchildren
- Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925) had 4 children and 4 grandchildren
- Elizabeth Ann Ball (1856-1909) had 10 children and 25 grandchildren*
- Ann Slawson (1836-1878) had 11 children and 34 grandchildren.
- Elizabeth Skempton (1810-1857) had 9 children and 33 grandchildren*
I only recently traced the Skempton family back further than Elizabeth, so I don’t yet have any information on the children and grandchildren for these earlier generations.
2) For the first 3 generations, I did most of the calculation from memory. I knew mum had 6 children, and then I simply wrote down the names of my sisters’, and my, children, and counted them. My mum’s brother and sister never married, so the only grandchildren her mother had were mum’s children. My grandmother had a sister and two brothers. Her two brothers never married, and her sister had only 1 child, so the calculation for Emily was easy as well.
I use Legacy, so to find the number of grandchildren on the earlier generations, I selected that person in my tree and then clicked on the Descendant tab, and then it was just a matter of counting the number of people with the number 3
4) The ancestors with asterisks I still need to do research on, as there are probably more grandchildren I haven’t found yet, particularly the grandchildren of Elizabeth Ann Ball, as some of these grandchildren would have been born less than 100 years ago, meaning finding records for them is harder. Since the death certificates in Australia list the names and ages of children, the quickest (but not the cheapest) way is to obtain death certificates for each of Elizabeth’s children. One of her children died in New Zealand, which will make verifying how many children he had harder, since the New Zealand death certificates don’t list the children.
3 of Elizabeth Skempton’s children came to Australia, so I have found their children, but I still need to do more research on her children who remained in the United Kingdom.
The latest 3 generations, there were 13 children, so an average of 3.25 children. The earlier 3 generations there were 30 children, so an average of 10 children.
There was a total of 43 children for the 6 6 generations, so an average of 7.17 children. There was a total of 116 grandchildren for the 6 generations, which is an average of 19.33 grandchildren.
These figures will probably change, once I have done more research.