Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Cousins Do You Know You Have?

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1)  Take both sets of your grandparents and figure out how many first cousins you have, and how many first cousins removed (a child or grandchild of a first cousin) you have.

2)  Extra Credit:  Take all four sets of your great-grandparents and figure out how many second cousins you have, and how many second cousins removed you have.

HINT:  Make a Descendants Chart with your genealogy software program!

3)  Tell us the grandparents and great-grandparents names, but don't give the name of living cousins unless you want to.  

4)  Are there any of those lines that you don't know all of the cousins names?  Do you care?  
5)  Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post of your own.  Be sure to drop a comment to this post to link to your work. 

My grandparents Adolph and Henrietta (Burbach) Hansen had one son ( my father) and one daughter.  That daughter (Dorothy) married and had eight children.  My dad had 9 children therefore I have eight siblings and eight first cousins on my dad's side.  Dorothy's children provided her with forty-seven (I think) grandchildren which would be my first cousins once removed.

My grandparents Michael and Alice (Fleming) Connery had ten children, five of whom married and had children which yielded 14 first cousins and approximately 50 first cousins once removed.

I am going to skip the extra credit since all of my great-grandparents came from fairly large families and I don't have all of their stats yet.  I can provide this information:  Hermann and Eva (Schmitz) Burbach had six children, Johannes Adolf and Dorette (Kristensen) Hansen had seven children, Patrick and Mary (Leahy) Connery had ten children, and Thomas and Mary (Hennessy) Fleming had twelve children.

The final count at this time is 22 first cousins and 97 first cousins once removed!  I need to contact all of the first cousins for an up-date on their children and grandchildren.  I know there are also probably some great-grandchildren floating around.  My parents have 21 grandchildren and there are lots of great-grandchildren, I think the current count is 27 between the ages of 18 years and 6 months.