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  •  My Dad's family was the youngest of (2+ / 0-)
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    Jim H, GrumpyOldGeek

    five children (born over 20) years ... my 1st cousins on that side only number in the 20s, but the age range is biggest on that side and many of my first cousins have children older than me!

    Mom's family, well it never ends. Grandpa was married three times  ... 10 kids with his first wife (my Grandmother); his 2nd wife had four children from her first marriage and then they had three more together, so it was a huge tangled mass of humanity whenever there was a wedding/funeral.

    And then to factor in the 2nd/3rd cousins is mind-boggling. Grandpa and Grandma were both born in 1892 ... but Grandpa was the youngest of 15 siblings (his father had married 4 times, and his mother married twice). Grandpa had a niece born in 1869; his first mother-in-law wasn't born until 1871.

    In my family, if a reunion attracts 50 other people will comment "wow, that's a lot o people." We say, and mean, "not so much."  ;)

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:04:23 AM PST

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    •  that's why they made computers... (2+ / 0-)
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      klompendanser, GrumpyOldGeek

      and family tree software  :-)

    •  The age range is why I have one great uncle (1+ / 0-)
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      who fought (and died) in the Civil War. All of the others are 2nd or 3rd greats.

      There are exactly five living males in my direct family tree with my family surname. Me, two sons, and two grandsons. I was the last in the line until my 1st son was born.

      I am certain that there are no direct cousins closer than 5th cousins of my surname. My 3rd g-grandfather's ancestry is a brick wall.

      By marriage, I do have cousins with my surname, but not known to be related to my line.

      Cousins with other surnames? You, for one.

      "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 04:57:55 PM PST

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