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Will Fly BS: distant relations..... (31) RE: BS: distant relations..... 08 Nov 18


Having researched my family history for the last 40 years or so, one of the fascinating facets of it, for me, is how - depending on marriage and births - some generations can be closer or more distant than their equivalents.

For example, I can remember my paternal great-grandfather reasonably well; he was born in 1870 and died in 1952. I have a photo, taken in 1946, of me, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He would tell stories of HIS grandfather, who was born in 1816 - so I can tell MY grandchildren family oral history from the early Victorian era. Assuming, of coure, that family stories are factual which, in some cases I've checked up on, is dubious!

By contrast, my maternal great-grandfather was born in 1842 and died in 1912 - 32 years before I was born. A whole generation of difference between these two grandfathers. If he'd been able to tell me stories of HIS great-grandfather, we'd be back to 1786! All a product of one family line marrying early in life and having my ancestral line early in marriage - and another marrying late in life and etc., etc.

As for my own parents, it was really only after they died that I got to know them.


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