It was Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun A Family’s Increase that got me thinking about my cousins, and the fact that I haven’t really been actively trying to find any.
I think I know all my first cousins and although I don’t have their details on my family tree I could add them in pretty quickly, but beyond first cousins that is pretty much it. I have had contact with more distant cousins, but in most case it was them getting in touch with me, rather than the other way around. Perhaps it is time I did something about it.
Looking at my great grandparents it seems to be a case all or nothing. Two of my grandparents were only children (although one did have three half-siblings). A third grandparent was one of only two children.
My fourth grandparent is where things swing the other way, he was one of sixteen children. I know at least one died as an infant, but that still leaves a lot and great aunts and uncles and potentially lots of second cousins to identify.
I think once I have found all my 4x great grandparents and completed my Christmas Tree Project, I will focus on tracing some living descendants of my great grandparents.