Saturday, April 3, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Degrees of Separation

Hey there, geneaholics - have you missed SNGF? Well, here it is Saturday Night, time for some Genealogy Fun!!

I'm still operating on jet-lag, so I had to borrow a great idea from Chris Staats (thank you, Chris, for a great post on 6 Degrees Of Separation (Genealogy-Style). Chris asks (paraphrased): How far separated are you from a famous person in history?

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (come on, this isn't Mission Impossible), is to:

1) Find an ancestral line that atretches back to the time of the US Revolutionary War (1775-1783), about 230 years. Define your person-to-person connection (the person actually met the next person on the list) back to a historical figure from that time.

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

Here's mine (from my Carringer line):

1) I (1943-????) knew well my maternal grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976).

2) Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976) knew his paternal grandfather, David Jackson Carringer (1823-1901)

3) David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) knew his paternal grandfather, Martin Carringer (1758-1835).

4) Martin Carringer (1758-1835) served in the Revolutionary War in the Pennsylvania 8th Battalion of the Continental Army that wintered at Valley Forge. Surely he saw, and perhaps met, General George Washington.

So I have three degrees of separation from an ancestor that "knew" Washington and four degrees of separation to Washington.

Hmm, I wonder how many degrees of separation I have to someone on the Mayflower?


Martin said...

My contribution:

JT said...

Here's mine: said...

Since I know you have so much extra time (oh, yeah, right), I have decided to add another thing to your life and award you with the "Ancestor Approved Award." To find out what this entails, check my blog at and then do whatever you deem appropriate. Glad you're home safely!

Linda McCauley said...

Here's mine:

Chris Staats said...

Phew - and here I was afraid that your return would cause me to have to work on a blog post for tonight! Now I can sit back and relax :)

Bill West said...

My blog post is at:

Life Goes On said...

Midge Frazel said...

Such genealogical math fun! Actually, I would not know much about my ancestors if most of them hadn't lived to be in their 80's or 90's.