Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday night genealogy fun!

John and Alma Guinee
ca. 1952
Weeee, I am home on a Saturday night and I am actually working on my genealogy! Thought I would see what Randy Seaver suggested for our Saturday night genealogy fun! I believe I can do this too!
Name one set of your great grandparents, list their descendants by generation, list how many are still living, and how many I have met. Here I go...

****I have chosen my great grandparents John Guinee (1888-1972) and Alma (Ball) Guinee (1886-1963). I may have met both of them, but if I did I was very young and gosh darn it, have no recollection of them personally.

****I used my Family Tree Maker program to create a descendant chart!

****John and Alma had:

1st generation: four children.

2nd generation: nine grandchildren, four are still living

3rd generation: forty-three great grandchildren,, I believe all are still living

4th generation: seventy-three great great grandchildren, I know one is deceased

5th generation: nine great, great, great grandchildren

***** How many have I met?

Well, I only know five of their grandchildren, although I am still trying to find two more that I believe are still alive.

I know/met via the internet twenty five of their great grandchildren

I know forty-four of their great great grandchildren.

I do not know any of the great, great, grandchildren, although perhaps some day I will!

I really only know my Grandfather's descendants the best. I have emailed several other cousins quite often, especially during the holidays. I continue to send out "are we related" letters each month and once in a blue moon actually get a response. I am currently waiting to see if I hear anything from three such letters!

These little exercise was fun and got me thinking of a few other areas I should explore to fill in some missing relatives!

The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!