For the past several days, I was in various parts of the South: Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. While driving through Biloxi, Mississippi yesterday, I paid a visit to the Biloxi National Cemetery. It was established in 1934, and lies on the grounds of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Now that I've discovered DNA testing, I've vastly altered how I research. It takes a lot of time and I am so fascinated! I hope to get a better grip on various results and start blogging about them soon.
So many ways to get sidetracked! This:
Kid1 winning a college 3000m last weekend
Kid2 (r) running an Illinois Top 10 1600m time last weekend
Me: wandering through the past and cheering on the present. Thanks for your patience!
One part of my ancestral makeup is French-Canadian. I recently made a double-cousin connection via DNA. This cousin and I each descend from the same Blanchette and Dionne families two times. Making that connection got me back to filling in gaps on my tree. Those gaps can be pretty big because a lot of my Quebec families had a large number of children: 8, 10, 12 and more was not uncommon.
I was in my database, updating the fourteenth baptism in a particular family, and I thought, hmm, I wonder how big is the biggest family in my tree? And never one to shy away from data, I spent some time in the Statistics tab of my family tree software to see what other shocking interesting facts I could find.
I use Legacy Family Tree 8.0. Here is where I find the Statistics tab:
The report in Legacy comes 'pre-filled' with a number of interesting facts like longevity by century, number of children, most popular names, etc. I have about 7,000 people in my database including both parent's trees and my husband's tree. The report includes the entire database.
Longest female lifespan: 102 years, 1 month, 10 days Longest male lifespan: 99 years, 11 months, 5 days Average female lifespan: 59 years, 7 months, 27 days Average male lifespan: 59 years, 2 months, 22 days
Families with 10 or more children: 49 Most children: 17 (yes, that really says 17)
Ignace Blanchette and Julie Lampron of Ste-Monique in Quebec had 17 known children, including two sets of twins, between 1846-1876. Ignace is my first cousin 5 times removed. Julie has my sympathy.
Most popular names in the 1800's: Mary and Joseph Most popular names in the 1900's: Dorothy and Edward
Not sure I even know a Dorothy in real life! Most popular locations:
Lansing, Ingham, Michigan
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
L'Avenir, Drummond, Quebec, Canada
Locke Township, Ingham, Michigan
Joliet, Will, Illinois
Birtley, County Durham, England
It's fun to look at your genealogy in a different way. What fun facts can you find in your tree?
Of my eight great-grandparents, three are of full Irish ancestry. Using my basic math skills, that makes me 3/8ths Irish. In other words, 37.5% of my DNA is probably* green. *No scientific basis for that fact.
Here are some of my Irish roots. Have a connection? McBride
from County Tyrone
oldest known ancestor is Daniel McBride, born circa 1805
his son Daniel, born circa 1840, left Ireland for Birtley, County Durham, England
he married Mary Ann McAleer in Birtley
Daniel, Mary Ann, and son Joseph arrived in Illinois in 1880
Daniel had two known siblings:
Jane (c1838-1912), married Michael McCormick in Durham
Edward (c1843-1903), married Ellen Dinnery in Durham
and two more likely siblings:
Bridget (c1831-1893), married Samuel Lee(s) in Magherafelt, Ireland
Alexander (c1835-1902), married Mary Monaghan in Durham
from unknown county in Ireland
oldest known ancestor is Joseph Kerr, born circa 1790
his son Robert, born 1829, left Ireland for Kilbirnie, Ayr, Scotland
his son Robert, born 1853, wife Sarah Donaldson, and baby Margaret arrived in Illinois in 1876
Robert worked in the coal mines of Braidwood, Will, Illinois
from County Westmeath
immigrant and oldest known ancestor is Thomas, born circa 1840, died 1915
arrived in Illinois as a child with unknown family members
settled in Lockport, Will, Illinois during height of I and M Canal construction
married Mary Ann McWeeney of County Lietrim in 1865