Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Three Degrees of Separation

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’s mission was:

 1)  Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with three degrees of separation?  That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor.”  When was that third ancestor born?

2)  Tell us 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 Plus.


I can’t go back very far, as all my grandparents died before I was born, so I just knew my parents.

Dad’s side

My dad (Ivon Walter Whimpey 1923-2009)

Dad may have met one great grandparent Maria Louisa Doyle (1847-1925)

Maria would have met one grandparent Maria Allen (1784-1867).  I only have a death date for one of her great grandparents, so I don’t know if she could have met any of them.

The furthest I can go back on dad’s side is to 1784

Mum’s side

My mum (Edith Jean Marr 1922-1990)

Mum may have met one great grandparent George Oliver (1846-1930)

George would have met three of his grandparents (at least briefly, between his birth in 1846, and when he migrated to Australia with his parents in 1849), Silvester Oliver (1805-1879), Mary Ann Burgess (1806-1872) and Stephen Campkin (1795-1869).

The furthest back I can go on mum’s side is 1795.