- 2 grandparents
- 4 great-grandparents
- 8 2nd-great-grandparents
- 16 3rd-great-grandparents
- 32 4th-great-grandparents
A recent article in Family Tree Magazine discussed this phenomena called "pedigree collapse." It happens to the best of us.
Here's a video from YouTube which presents a hypothetical (and hilarious!) example:
Now that you've wiped the tears of laughter from your eyes, let's look at the only example I've found in our family tree (so far....I'm sure there are more).
My son's father is a descendant of Abraham and Mary Eaton through their son William; I am a descendant of the same couple through their son Absolem. As a result, my ex-husband is my fifth cousin, making my son my fifth cousin once removed, and my grandchildren my fifth cousins twice removed! Freaky!
© 2011 Denise Spurlock