18,500 releatives

I have been interested in genealogy for about 10 years now. In that time, I have researched, documented, and linked about 18,500 relatives. More importantly, I have identified 90 percent of my 7th generation ancestors.

Considering that every generation doubles your number of ancestors, knowing all of your 7th generation ancestors and their direct line of descendants adds up to a lot of people.

  • 1 me
  • 2 parents (3 total)
  • 4 grand parents (7 total)
  • 8 great grand parents (15 total)
  • 16 great great grand parents (31 total)
  • 32 great great great grand parents (63 total)
  • 64 great great great great grand parents (127 total)

As of today, I know all of these ancestors with the exception of four on my dad’s side and three on my mom’s side. The numbers begin to get a lot larger when you start identifying your ancestors’ descendants (e.g. your cousins).

In a selfish attempt to potentially connect with other genealogist researching the same ancestors I am, I’d like to briefly highlight four pairs of g-g-g-g-grand-parents, all from North Carolina, that interest me the most.

Eli Alexander and Margaret C Alcorn

  • Eli Alexander was born on 6 Dec 1784 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He died on 26 Jul 1834 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He was buried in Gilead ARP Church Cemetery, Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He married Margaret C Alcorn on 21 Dec 1808 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
  • Margaret C Alcorn “Peggy” was born on 5 Feb 1786 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She died on 3 Aug 1873 in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina. She was buried in Gilead ARP Church Cemetery, Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Willis Bradley Jr and Ruth Self

  • Willis Bradley Jr was born in 1789 in South Of Old Fort, North Carolina. He died after 1880. He married Ruth Self on 17 Nov 1812 in Cleveland County, North Carolina.
  • Ruth Self was born in 1795 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. She died after 1850.

Dougald Cameron Sr and Barbara Morris

  • Dougald Cameron Sr was born on 5 Jan 1784 in Auctermuchty, Isle of Skye, Fife County, Scotland. He died on 14 Feb 1867 in Moore County, North Carolina. He was buried in May Cemetery, Swann, Lee County, North Carolina. He married Barbara Morris in 1814 in Upper Little River.
  • Barbara Morris was born on 2 Nov 1793 in North Carolina. She died on 5 May 1849 in Harnett County, North Carolina. She was buried in May Family Cemetery, Near Swann Station Baptist Church, Sandford, Lee County, North Carolina.

John Pearce and Rebecca Allen

  • John Pearce was born in 1776 in Halifax County, North Carolina. He died in 1831 in Red Bud, Franklin County, North Carolina. He was buried in Leonard Cemetery, Franklin County, North Carolina. He married Rebecca Allen on 16 Oct 1800 in Warren County, North Carolina.
  • Rebecca Allen was born in 1770 in Bute County, North Carolina. She died on 16 Oct 1869 in Franklin County, North Carolina. She was buried in Leonard Cemetery, Franklin County, North Carolina.

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  1. Hey Jason,

    Ten years seems like a long time, but as a person that has always been interested, but not know where to start. Seems like you have some pretty awesome experience on starting and continuing the search for relatives. Any chance you could expound in a new post what it takes to produce such data?

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