Idea for this post courtesy of GeneaMusings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.
“This week’s Genealogy Fun challenge is very timely since a new president was inaugurated yesterday. Here are the answers to the question – how many presidents have served during my lifetime, my parents and grandparents and how many generations back do I have to go to cover all 45 U.S. presidents?”
I put my data into a spreadsheet to answer the questions. See spreadsheet below.
Her Lifetime: 11 (since Kennedy)
Mom and Dad: 14 (since FD Roosevelt)
Grandparents: 13 (Taft – Carter)
14 (Wilson – GHW Bush)
11 (Taft – Nixon)
17 (T Roosevelt – Clinton)
His Lifetime: 12 (since Eisenhower)
Mom: 15 (since Hoover)
Dad: 14 (Hoover – Obama)
Grandparents: 17 (Harrison-Carter)
11 (T Roosevelt-L Johnson)
16 (Taft – Clinton)
Great-Grandparents: Range from 9 – 19 Presidents and 12-18 Presidents
2x Great-Grandparents: Range from 14 – 21 Presidents and 17-22 Presidents
3x Great-Grandparents: Range from 13 – 25 Presidents and 8-24 Presidents
The “winning” relative is Her 3x Great Grandfather Ole Simonson (1816-1915) at living through 25 US Presidents!!
4x Great-Grandparents: Range from 8 – 21 Presidents and 8-18 Presidents
This is the first generation to reach Washington for both of us. She has 15 ancestors who were alive during Washington’s Presidency and He has 4!)
GP = Grandfather GM = Grandmother Number indicates how many greats. In the following spreadsheet, letters after indicate first letter of last name, in order of my Ahnentafel Report generated by Family Tree Maker. I only included ancestors who lived part/all of their life in the US and I had dates of birth and death. If it was a transition year, I used birth, death, inaugurations dates to determine if they lived during a particular President’s term.