Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Generations Did Your Parents or Grandparents Know?

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)  Miriam Robbins wrote a wonderful post today about her grandson playing with a toy first used by Miriam’s great-grandfather – see Seven Generations for the details.

2)  So how many generations of family did you know, or your parents, or your grandparents, know?  Ancestors and descendants.  

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment on this post with a link with your response.

My dad, Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009) knew:

  • His parents John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960) and Ivy May Harley (1890-1959)
  • His maternal grandparents Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949)
  • His 4 siblings (born 1917-1927)
  • His 7 daughters (born 1946-1962)
  • 16 grandchildren (born 1973-2002)
  • 18 great grandchildren (born 1992-2007)

My mum, Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990) knew

  • Her parents Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955) and Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948)
  • Her grandparents Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) and Mary Reeves (1864-1951), Harry Docwra (1866-1934) and Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925)
  • Her great grandfather George Oliver (1846-1930)
  • Her 2 siblings (born 1924-1926)
  • Her 5 daughters (born 1953-1962)
  • 11 grandchildren (born 1973-1989)

My paternal grandfather, John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960) knew:

  • His parents Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919) and Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906)
  • His grandparents Joseph Whimpey (1819-1902) and Margaret Price (1816-1901), Henry Sharp (1828-1892) and Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd (1828-1902)
  • 11 siblings (born 1873-1897)
  • 5 children (born 1917-1927)
  • 15 grandchildren (born 1946-1960)

My paternal grandmother, Ivy May Harley (1890-1959) knew:

  • Her parents Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949)
  • Her grandparents Robert Harley (1817-1891), Euphemia Dandie (1824-1902), Thomas Henry Russell (1844-1892), Maria Louisa Doyle (1847-1925)
  • Her great grandmother Catherine Mills (1818-1899)
  • Her 5 siblings (born 1889-1909)
  • 5 children (born 1917-1927)
  • 13 grandchildren (born 1946-1958)

My maternal grandfather, Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955) knew:

  • His parents Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) and Mary Reeves (1864-1951)
  • His grandparents James Marr (1827-1899) and Mary Gill (1829-1903)
  • His 9 siblings (born 1885-1904)
  • 3 children (born 1922-1926)
  • 1 grandchild (born 1953)

My maternal grandmother, Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948) knew:

  • Her parents Harry Docwra (1866-1934) and Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925)
  • Her grandfather George Oliver (1846-1930)
  • Her 3 siblings (born 1904-1917)
  • Her 3 children (born 1922-1926) (and possibly a fourth child born after she left my grandfather)


I never knew any of my grandparents (or great grandparents) as they all died before I was born, so I’ve only known three:

  • My Parents (born 1922-1923)
  • My siblings (born 1946-1960)
  • My 2 children (born 1988-1990)

The most is SIX – My dad, My mum and My paternal grandmother knew 6. Both my paternal grandfather and maternal grandfather knew 5, while my maternal grandmother knew 4.

I’ve known the least, since I’ve only known THREE, although my son is still in his 20s, and I’m still in my 50s, so I might still get to meet my grandchildren, and maybe even great grandchildren.

Background of featured image is a Photo by Nicolas Prieto on Unsplash

One thought on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Generations Did Your Parents or Grandparents Know?

  1. I was fortunate to know my great-grandmother. She is the person who inspired me at 14 yrs old to start researching. Her mother died in 1900 when she was 3-5 years old, so she didnt remember her mother at all. She knew her husband’s people, though, back to my g-g-g-grandfather.

    Also, my other grandmother, knew her grandparents well. as a kid she would sit at their knees and collect their stories. Those nuggets were passed on to me throughout my life. As a result, my working knowledge of many of my g-g-grandparents was much more rich than if I just had names, dates and census records. I know their attitudes about themselves, their families and their lives and how they lived. So blessed am I.

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