Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – A Family’s Increase

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) Pick one of your sets of great-grandparents – if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don’t use last names of living people for this – respect their privacy.

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.
1) I chose my great grandparents, Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919) and Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906), because that is the branch I have the most information for.

2) I ran a descendant report in Legacy Family Tree, and saved it as a PDF file (as it’s easier to scroll through then directly in Legacy).  I then added the numbers from the report into Excel, so I could get the total for each generation.

3) Their descendants, that I am aware of:

  1. Children = 13 (all deceased)
  2. Grandchildren = 26 (1 living, 25 deceased)
  3. Great-grandchildren = 56 (44 living, 12 deceased)
  4. Great-great-grandchildren = 107 (102 living, 5 deceased – as far as I know)
  5. 3rd great-grandchildren = 44 and counting (all living)
  6. 4th great-grandchildren = 2 (so far – both living)

4) The increase is 248 persons, and possibly more. Of those still alive, I have met 41. Of those that are now deceased, I only met my dad and his 3 brothers. Of the deceased, 20 died before I was born.  My dad wasn’t very close to his father’s family, so my contact with the other branches of the family has been since I started researching the family history, and has been by mail or email.

Although I believe my numbers up to the great grandchildren are accurate, I may have missed some of the great-great-grandchildren.  My last contact with anyone from the other branches was in the early 2000s, so there may be quite a few more 3rd great-grandchildren for the other branches.  There may have been a few deaths that I don’t know about as well.

For my sisters’ families, I find it easier to keep up to date using Facebook.  My cousins send me Christmas letters with updates on their families.

There are also a few children adopted into the family that I haven’t included in these figures.