Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) We each have 16 great-great grandparents. How did their birth and death years vary? How long were their lifespans?
2) For this week, please list your 16 great-great grandparents, their birth year, their death year, and their lifespan in years. You can do it in plain text, in a table or spreadsheet, or in a graph of some sort.
3) Share your information about your 16 great-great grandparents with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+. If you write your own blog post, please leave a link as a comment to this post.
I only know 14 of my 16 second great-grandparents and I don’t have all of their vital dates. All of mine are from Germany, Ireland, and Norway. I will say that the church records from both Germany and Norway are excellent. Unfortunately the Irish records are both sporadic and illegible. Here is what I do have on my second great-grandparents. I have sorted them by country.
Patrick Leahy born about 1805
Ellen Mc Carthy born about 1807
Patrick Connery born about 1794
Ellen Drake born about 1800
John Hennessy born about 1784 – died 10 Oct 1833
Mary O’Donnell born about 1790 – died about 1833
Daniel Kristensen born 1817 – died after 1865*
Karen Dorthea Christiansen born 1833 – died 1928?
Martin Hansen born 1829 – died after 1865*
Johanne Sofie Johannesdatter born Oct 1829 – died 1901
Georg Burbach born 1825 – died 1897
Catherina Caspari born 1825 – died 1913
Phillip Schmitz born 1834 – died 1906
Elisabeth Kronenberger born 1832 – died 1876
*After 1865 because they are noted in the 1865 Norway census
This exercise has shown me where I need to do more research for the missing death information. It is also interesting to note that my Granddaughter (born 1999) was born in the same town in Germany as her 4th great-grandmother Elizabeth Kronenberger.