Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Ellen Questions Part 1

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)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her blog this week – see Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You(posted 27 June). 

2)  We will do these five at a time – Questions 1 to 5 tonight.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.

Here’s mine:

1. Which ancestor had the most children? It can be a couple or a single person.

My ancestor with the most children was John Sell (1644-1726). He had 17 children by two marriages, 3 from his first marriage to Dinah Baker (1646-1673), and 14 with Margaret Nightingale (1650-1719).

The ancestors with the second most children was Susannah Campkin (1827-1880).  She had 14 children from 2 marriages. She had 5 children with Frederick Oliver (1824-1855), and 9 children with William Stephens (1822-1874).

2. How many years have you been working on your genealogy/family history?

I started in Christmas 1990, so I’m in my 29th year of genealogy and family history research.  I started after I was given a family tree for the Willis family by my brother in law. I had two young children at the time, so for the first two years I concentrated on contacting family members for the information they could supply.  Then, I used my local library, which had a room set aside for genealogy records and later I started going to the State Library of Victoria. I first started researching online in 1999.


3. Do you collaborate with other genealogists on your family history?

I occasionally have contacts with other people researching the same families, and I exchange information with them, but otherwise I don’t collaborate with other genealogists.

4. Have you hired a professional genealogist to work on your family history? Even if it was just a small branch of the family.

No, I have not hired someone to work on my family history. 


5.  If you have family heirlooms what’s your plan for their future? 

I don’t have any family heirlooms.