Saturday, September 21, 2013

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

It’s Saturday, so it's another "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" at Genea-Musings!

Tonight’s challenge is “How Many Children/Grandchildren in Your Birth Surname Line?” Here’s how Randy explains the mission:

1) Consider your Birth Surname families - the ones from your father back through his father all the way back to the first of that surname in your family group sheets or genealogy database. List the father's name, and lifespan years.

2) Use your paper charts or genealogy software program to create a Descendants chart (dropline or graphical) that provide the children and their children (i.e., up to the grandchildren of each father in the surname list).

3) Count how many children they had (with all spouses), and the children of those children in your records and/or database. Add those numbers to the list. [...]

4) What does this list of children and grandchildren tell you about these persons in your birth surname line? Does this task indicate areas that you need to do more research to fill out families and find potential cousins?

5) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.

Here are my results:

1) My birth surname families begin with the earliest BELAIR ancestor who came to New France.

• François Janvry dit Belair (ca 1731-1817) had 6 children and 58 grandchildren.
• Pierre Janvry dit Belair (1772-1848) had 25 children and 73 grandchildren.
• Paul Janvry dit Belair (1822-1922) had 9 children and 69 grandchildren.
• Pierre Janvry dit Belair (1851-1941) had 16 children and 64 grandchildren.
• Ménésippe (Fred) Belair (1889-1991) had 6 children and 12 grandchildren.
• Maurice Belair (1927-1996) had 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

2) I used the family group sheets I originally created when I first started compiling the descendants of my original Belair ancestor and that I added to over the years whenever I found more descendants.

3) I’m almost certain that I haven’t located all the descendants of the daughters in my Belair line, but I was able to calculate at least all their known issue.

4) Interesting points about this list of children and grandchildren:

• Six generations had 65 children (an average of 10.8) and 279 grandchildren (an average of 46.5).
• The second generation (Pierre) had the most children, while the sixth generation (Maurice) had the least children.
• I don’t think living in rural areas (for the first four generations) had an effect on the number of children versus living in urban centres (for the last two generations). It seems to be more of a case of how many wives each generation had. (See next point.)
• Generations two (Pierre) and four (Pierre) probably had the most children because they each married twice. (Generation four Pierre married a third time, but didn’t have children by that wife.)

5) Done in my own blog post and I’ve left a comment at Genea-Musings!

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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