My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Numbers on the Tree -- Surname Saturday

When Judy Russell's blog appeared this morning (Saturday, August 18th), I read it and realized her topic was something I was interested in. Her blog is The Legal Genealogist, and the topic was "More Lost than Found" about statistics, that being how many ancestors she had for each generation and comparing the numbers to the possible numbers for each generation. Genealogy blogs and my facebook friends often get ideas for their topics from others, and in this case, Judy got it from Lisa B. Lee, who did an analysis of her own family (on facebook), by figuring out how many ancestors she has for each generation and compared the figures to what she could have.

Number Possible
What I Have
My parents
2nd great-grandparents
3rd great-grandparents
4th great-grandparents
5th great-grandparents
6th great-grandparents
7th great-grandparents
963 (94.2%)

Since I have a RootsWeb tree, you may see my first 6 generations here:

And, if the pedigree chart interests you (does All generations), you can follow my tree here:

My figures surprised me, but doesn't impress me. Why? I am focused on my "Brick Walls" and that's what matters. For almost 23 years, genealogy has been my life, and I've been lucky (lots of time, a husband, no children). My lines are mostly in Massachusetts and Connecticut, where I've found excellent records. Great records were found in New York and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I've been to all those places and continue to hunt for information and cemetery stones. I also love cousin connections, cousins can help a great deal. One great-grandfather did a large manuscript, now at NEHGS, and one grandfather, another side, worked on genealogy for many years (both were professional men whose work helped me get a good start), as well as my working at the DAR for quite a few years, where I looked at books on a daily basis and received help from their genealogy staff. All those factors have contributed to my being lucky and having high statistics, but I really want to solve the brick walls.