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.
1) I chose my great-grandparents, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) and Julia (White) Richmond (1848-1913).
2) I made a Descendants List report in RootsMagic 7. Then I counted each generation on my fingers.
3) Their descendants, that I am aware of, number by generation:
1. Children = 9 (all deceased)
2. Grandchildren = 18 (all deceased)
3. Great-grandchildren = 20 (11 living, 9 deceased)
4. Great-great-grandchildren = 36 (34 living, 2 deceased)
5. 3rd great-grandchildren = 35 (all living)
6. 4th great-grandchildren = 7 (all living)
7. 5th great-grandchildren = 0
4) So the increase is at least 125 persons, and probably more. I have met 50 out of the 87 still alive. I met 15 out of the 38 that are now deceased, and 9 of the deceased died before I was born. So that leaves at least 37 still alive that I have not met, and most of them are younger than me.
My problem isn't with the ones I know about - it is trying to trace the lines that I lost after the 1940 census - descendants of my grandmother's siblings. I know that there should be more persons on this list - I just don't have the second and third cousin contacts I need.
I need to find more descendants of:
* Walter Pickford (1864-1918) and Anne Richmond (1869-1939),
* Everett Richmond (1875-1917) and Ethel Pierce,
* Alfred Shaw (1884-1919) and Grace Richmond (1876-1963),
* Edwin Richmond (1883-1935) and Alice Corey (1884-1979),
* James Richmond (1885-1913) and Ethel Judson.
Each of these couples had children that I am aware of, but only in two cases do I know names of their grandchildren, and in only two do I know of great-grandchildren. Our line lost track of many of these cousins when my grandparents died.
From the descendants report for my great-grandparents Richmond, I did not count the spouses of descendants of my great-grandparents, since they are not descendants.
While doing this reporting and counting, I figured out some ways to search for some of the "missing" cousins in online vital records indexes, obituaries and gravestones, at the least!
Was this too complicated? I hope not! It's really a straightforward reporting and counting exercise. The point is, of course, to get you to think about aunts and uncles and cousins that you could contact for genealogy records, family history and DNA testing.