Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offers us the following challenge:
Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:
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.
For this exercise I chose my Great-Grandfather August Curtis Bough (1866-1939) This is one of the smaller branches of the family tree. I did not count spouses/partners.
I created a descendant List report in Roots-Magic 7. Then I counted the descendants of each generation.
His descendants, I am aware of, number by generation:
- Children= 13, (all deceased; 4 had no children)
- Grandchildren =23, (2 living; 21 deceased)
- Great Grand =28, (27 living; 2 decease)
- Great Great Grand = 21 all living
- 3X Great Grand = 25 all living
- 4X Great-Grand = 1
- 5X Great Grand = 0
The total that I am aware of is 110 persons., I have met 59 of the 76 still alive. I have met 11 out of 36 that are now deceased. So that leaves at least 17 that I haven’t met, most are younger than myself. Recently at the Bough gathering I met several 3X Great-Grans of August C. Bough.
Perhaps through research/DNA testing I will be able to find more descendants of:
Martin Luther Bough (1887 – 1968)
Emalda Bough-Wortman (1898-1984)
Vivian M. Bough (1893-1917)
While the challenge was fun, it was a somber moment. I could not help, but think about the family stories, cultural connections, shared by those deceased descendants that I knew and loved.