Saturday, January 26, 2019

Two Degrees of Separation - SNGF

Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on GeneaMusings yesterday was this:
Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation?  That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor."  When was that second ancestor born?

On my maternal side of the family

I was born in 1950.  I knew my mother's father, W. R. Robert Meinzen (1892-1979, b. Jefferson County, Ohio,  d. Trumbull County, Ohio), who knew his father, Henry C. Meinzen (1837-1925, b. Germany, d. Steubenville, Ohio).

I knew my maternal grandmother, Emma (Bickerstaff) Meinzen (1893-1973, b. Jefferson County, Ohio, d. Trumbull County, Ohio), who was probably at least introduced to her great-grandfather, William Bickerstaff (1807-1893, b. and d. Jefferson County, Ohio).  She would have been only about a month old when he died.

The same grandmother, Emma, probably also knew her paternal great-grandfather, Jacob Bell (1824-1915, b. and d. Jefferson County, Ohio).

On my paternal side of the family

All of my grandparents and great-grandparents on this side died before I was born.  My father knew other grandparents but none goes back further than the relationship below.

I knew my father, Lee Doyle (1913-1987, b. Mercer County, Pennsylvania, d. Trumbull County, Ohio), who would have known his great-grandmother, Catherine (Saylor) Froman (1844-1928, b. Germany, d. Mercer County, Pennsylvania).

With two degrees of separation I can connect through my grandmother to my third great-grandfather, born in 1807.  He was born 212 years ago.  There are 143 years between our births.

Thanks for the fun, Randy.


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  1. That was a fun little challenge!

    1. It was, Wendy. Short, sweet, not much time. I like easy challenges like that for Saturday nights.


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