Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Two Degrees of Separation

Here is our assignment:

1) 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?

2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google+.


I tried this with both my father's line and my mother's:

1. My Hork-Sullivan-Gleeson line: My paternal great grandaunt, Loretto M. Sullivan Patterson (1885-1972) held me (born in 1954 in Concord, California). She definitely knew her grandmother, Margaret Tierney Gleeson (1835 in Canada, d. 1920 in Portland, Oregon) because she lived with her grandparents after her mother died in 1912.

Me with Aunt Loretta - 1954
Loretta with her Aunt and Grandmother - 1913 or so

2. My Hork-Johnston-Lancaster-Polly line: My grandmother, Pansy Louise Lancaster Johnston (1913-2013) knew her great-grandfather, George Wilson Lancaster (1839-1919). George W. Lancaster would have known his grandfather, Nathan H.O. Polly (1820-1902). These family all lived in proximity of each other in Erath and Rockwall Counties in Texas.

Pretty good. I was able to get back to 1820!

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