Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — How Many Children/Grandchildren in Your Birth Surname Line?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Followers: 

 It is Saturday Evening once more – 

Time for some extra Family tree Enjoyable!!

Right here is your project, do you have to resolve to simply accept it (you ARE studying this, so I assume that you simply actually need to play alongside – cue the Mission Unattainable music!):

1)  Contemplate your Delivery Surname households – those out of your father again by his father all the best way again to the primary of that surname in your loved ones group sheets or family tree database.  Checklist the daddy’s title, and lifespan years.

2)  Use your paper charts or family tree software program program to create a Descendants chart (dropline or graphical) that present the youngsters and their youngsters (i.e., as much as the grandchildren of every father within the surname checklist).

3)  Depend what number of youngsters they’d (with all spouses), and the youngsters of these youngsters in your data and/or database.  Add these numbers to the checklist.  See my instance beneath!  [Note: Do not count the spouses of the children]

4)  What does this checklist of youngsters and grandchildren inform you about these individuals in your start surname line?  Does this process point out areas that you could do extra analysis to fill out households and discover potential cousins?

5)  Inform us about it in your individual weblog submit, or in a remark to this submit, or in a touch upon Fb.  Remember to present a hyperlink to your submit in a remark to this submit.

Here is mine:

a)  My SEAVER surname line is:

*  Robert Seaver (1608-1683) had 7 youngsters and 34 grandchildren.
*  Shubael Seaver (1639-1730) had 6 youngsters and 20 grandchildren
*  Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) had 6 youngsters and 48 grandchildren
*  Robert Seaver (1702-1752) had 9 youngsters and 40 grandchildren
*  Norman Seaver (1734-1787) had 13 youngsters and 48 grandchildren
*  Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) had 10 youngsters and 42 grandchildren
*  Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) had 4 youngsters and 9 grandchildren
*  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) had 5 youngsters and eight grandchildren
*  Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) had 3 youngsters and seven grandchildren
*  Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) had 7 youngsters and 11 grandchildren
*  Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) had 3 youngsters and 6 grandchildren. 

b)  I did this process by doing a 6-generation dropline Descendant Checklist in RootsMagic 7 (Experiences > Lists > Descendant Checklist) and counting the youngsters (era 2) and grandchildren (era 3) for every individual.  Here is the primary web page for Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816):

c)  The checklist above tells me a number of issues:

*  The primary six generations on the checklist had 51 youngsters, so 8.4 youngsters on common.  The final 5 generations on the checklist had 22 youngsters, so 4.4 youngsters on common.  
*  The 11 generations above had 73 youngsters (common of 6.6), and 273 grandchildren (common of 24.8).
*  The variety of youngsters began decreasing within the early 1800s for some cause – maybe for causes which might be social, financial,  non secular, distraction, or relative fertility).  All of my Seaver households worshipped as Protestant Christians.
*  A father who dies in his spouse’s child-bearing years actually reduces the numbers (solely Benjamin Seaver 1791 actually has this drawback).  Early deaths of youngsters in childhood or earlier than marriage reduces the numbers of potential grandchildren.
*  As soon as the households moved off the farm for a city or metropolis, the variety of youngsters is lowered. (Isaac Seaver 1823 was the primary one to not work as a farmer or to dwell in a spot bigger than a village of lots of of individuals).
*  I feel that I’ve captured all the youngsters and grandchildren of every of those fathers in my analysis and family tree database.  There have been a few of the grandchildren on the lists (particularly the youngsters of feminine youngsters) the place I didn’t have loss of life dates, partner names or marriage dates.  That creates analysis alternatives so as to add to my family tree database.


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