Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: A family increase, April 8, 2017

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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:

  1. Children= 13, (all deceased; 4 had no children)
  2. Grandchildren =23, (2 living; 21 deceased)
  3. Great Grand =28, (27 living; 2 decease)
  4. Great Great Grand = 21 all living
  5. 3X Great Grand = 25 all living
  6. 4X Great-Grand = 1
  7. 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.

 

By shelley dewese

As I continue to search out my history, I am discovering how much I did not know. The more information that is disclosed about my ancestry, the more I learn and understand how I am the person that has evolved today. As a native New Yorker, with roots in Coastal Georgia and deep roots in the Danish West Indies, now the Virgin Islands of the United States or commonly referred to as the United States Virgin Islands, I have always had a yearning to return to my maternal homeland. In September of 1976, my family and I relocated back to St. Croix. While living in New York, I was always telling my friends about my trip back home, but here I was actually waking up every day, walking among the streets and people that I have identified myself with all of my life. At the time, I was not involved in any genealogical work, but I knew there was a missing link that became completed after I was offered the opportunity to transfer Danish documents into a database. That opened up my world and I realize that this was my niche. I now had the tools to explore and document my ancestry. Growing up, my mother always impressed upon her children the pride in being a “Bough”, which was her surname. Now I was able to track where that pride came from, through participating in family history projects and meeting new family, as we gathered together for the Bough Family Reunion on St. Croix in July of 2012. As I continued to research, I found my passion extending to photography. Sunsets and street art are my favorite features, as shown in my tumblr blog http://minkyadoo.tumblr.com/ I also began blogging, and found that it has help me to improve my writing skills. Through the comments and well wishes, I have been encouraged to continue to write the stories and events of my life. Whether or not your roots trace back to the Danish West Indies, you will find a beautiful tapestry of life that reflects our “baseball and apple pie”. This site affords you the chance to transform yourself to a time during the Danish period (1734-1917) where life was both simple and complex. If you have any questions, comments, or need assistance in searching for a Danish West Indies ancestor, I invite you to drop me an email.

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