For quite a few years now my sister Becca has said she wanted to figure out what our American melting pot equation was. Wednesday night I decided it was high time we figure it out and solve it once and for all.
Using the new FamilySearch.org website I traced each branch of our family tree back until either:
Here is what we are (rounded to three decimal places):
It is quite likely that the vast majority of the dead end unknowns are really (eventually) from England, putting us either at or just over 50% British.
|Origin||# of ancestors||Avg # generations back||Min # of generations||Max # of generations|
On my father's side of the family tree I ran into dead ends as early as six generations back and as late as fifteen (average of 10.9). On my mother's side the trail petered out in between nine and fifteen generations (average of 12.1).
Among the original thirteen colonies (in colonial times) the trail went cold in eight of them:
(The trail also went cold a half-dozen times in Canada.)
While I was writing this post Caleb had this YouTube video playing in the other room:
A final slightly depressing thought: while this calculation holds for all my siblings it is only half the calcuation for my own children...
—Michael A. Cleverly
Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 15:54
The Pete Seeger song "All Mixed Up" (lyrics , YouTube ) and the John Forster/Tom Chapin song "Family Tree" (lyrics , YouTube ) are relevant and cute.