Relatives #atozchallenge

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I come from a very large Irish family. Lots of relatives, and I actually know quite a few of them. The rest, I neither know them nor do I know how they’re related to me.

For example, I started following one of my second cousins on Facebook, who I know is a second cousin because my family has the whole "who’s related to whom and how" flowchart figured out…

Going by the chart, she’s the daughter of my mother’s cousin, ergo a second cousin. We share a set of great-grandparents.

What used to throw me was when names would come seemingly from nowhere and I would be told that they were relatives. For example, there are two sets of cousins that were apparently cousins of my great-grandmother’s on my mother’s mother’s side. The same great-grandmother had a brother who was in quite a number of movies. I’m not sure, but I think that would make him a great-granduncle of mine. Or maybe not.

Genealogy is a fascinating subject, but spend enough time with it, and it’ll make you crazy…

12 thoughts on “Relatives #atozchallenge

  1. Yep a flowchart like that is useful. I always get the cousin thing mixed up. In answer to your question about whether we will still be moving the honest answer is I don’t know. We still want to but it may take longer to find a house we like and if we lose our buyer before we find somewhere we might reconsider. There are just so many uncertainties right now.


  2. It’s great that your family figured out the flow chart. I have been doing my genealogy for quite a while on Ancestry mostly. Is Mr. Mack the one on the riggings or the mast in that photo?


    1. There are just so many people in my family. I actually heard that Bob Newhart has some connection to the family– I think his sister is married to some distant relative. As for James T. Mack (originally McElherne), I think he’s the one with the darker hair, but I can’t be certain…

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  3. I too have a very big family…my mother’s side, my father’s side, my husband’s side and my mother in law’s side. If there is any function in the family, I sometimes feel that inviting these members themselves will run into hundreds! But I love to be part of such a big, diverse family. We do have our own “Vanshavali” or “Kul Vrutant” i.e. book about the family tree and who is doing what at the time of printing it. It is in my native Indian language, Marathi. I am sure most of the Indian families have some sort of records of their lineage like we have.
    -Its L for “Life on Other Side” at


    1. The size of my family blew Mary’s mind. I think there were maybe a dozen people in her family. Before we were married, she and a friend dropped by my house, and my mother was having an intimate party with about 30 guests.

      It’s nice you have a book that tells who everyone is and how they’re related. It would certainly help in the case of my family…


  4. I love genealogy because this is our history and we can learn so much. I love that you have someone famous in your history and had to look him up..I think I see a similarity in the facial structure. I have my mom’s history but nothing much on my dad’s side…this is on my to do list. There was a Canadian tv series about genealogy where they took famous people and find out what makes them who they are. For example, the former singer of the Barenaked Ladies found out he comes from. Jewish sect that were singers. Randy Bachman’s family history actually comes from my mom’s hometown of Wittenberg, Germany. He found out that his family history, his many times great grandfather, was an organist and one who built them and he was highly. Regarded for his craft. He made the organ in the church my mom was baptized in.


  5. Erin go Bragh. I come from a large Irish family, as well. My aunts and uncles have passed but there are some cousins still around. Most of them lived in Michigan and some in St. Petersburg, FL. Genealogy can get complicated,


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