Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Two 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 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.

  • Me (b 1962). I knew my parents, Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009) and Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990), but my grandparents all died before I was born.
  • My dad never met his grandparents on his father’s side, as they both died before he was born, but he did meet both of his mother’s parents, Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949). He may have met Henrietta’s mother, Maria Louisa Doyle (1847-1925).
  • I can go back further on mum’s side – she met all of her grandparents, Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944), Mary Reeves (1864-1951), Harry Docwra (1866-1934), and Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925). Henry and Mary helped raise mum after her mum deserted the family, so she knew them well. She probably met one great grandfather, George Oliver (1846-1930).

So, I can probably connect with two degrees of separation to one (and possibly two) 2x great grandparents.  However, the earliest I can be sure of is my great grandfather Henry Palmer Marr who was born in 1859. That’s 160 years ago, or 103 years since my birth.  I can possibly go back another 13 years, if mum met George Oliver (born 1846), to 173 years ago, or 116 years before my birth.