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    Rather average:

    1980s
    1950s
    1922
    1891
    1855
    1829
    1803
    1767/9
    1720/22
    ~1690
    ~1654
    ~1620
    ~1590
    (~~1560
    ~~1530
    ~~1500
    ~~1470
    ~~1440
    )
    ~1410
    ~1380

    since 1720 = 32.87
    since 1590 = 32.75
    since 1380 = 31.73
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    Just looked on the family tree and my mother's 3x great grandparents would have been the most recent generation to have lived through slavery. So not that far removed really.
    3/4 European, 1/4 Mauritian Creole. Genealogy enthusiast and Wow nerd.

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    I see, that most people, as usuall, are not able too understand a simple topic.
    I shouldn't be surrprized, but still...

    Guy gave a really simple question with ilustration, what he meant, but soon,
    becasue of "special people" we will have here 7.6 bln people living around the
    world and connected to each other with all their ascendants...

    It is really so hard to understand and enumerate a short list of dates of (direct) ancestors in prime line? Really?

    Specials everywhere... And it has no end...
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    These are the generations (male) in my family beginning with my eldest grandson:

    2008
    1981
    1956
    1933
    1909
    1888
    1862
    1832
    1802
    1762
    1728
    1698

    11 generations / 310 years = ave. 28 years 2 months per generation

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    Depends on the line.

    My dad was 27 when I was born, his dad was 33 when my dad was born, and his father was only 21 when my grandfather was born. (But he died young, at 54, same year my dad was born.)

    My dad's mother was also 33 when he was born, her father was 38 when she was born, and his father was 42.

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    My mother was 32 when I was born and my father was 35. I'm their one and only child.

    My paternal grandparents are a lot older than my father so I'd say they were well past their 20s when he was born but he is their 3rd born child so there's that to be considered. I never did ask about his elder brother and sister's ages and only ever met the latter so I can't really suss out how old my grandparents were when they were born. My maternal grandparents are a different story and more similar to rms2's where my gramps was quite a bit older than my gran (at least 50 years her senior, I believe). She was his 4th wife or something along those lines and he'd already fathered many children with his prior wives. My grandmother was only around 16-18 when they got married and divorced him not long after my mother, their second child, was born a few years later because she didn't want to be married to a man so much older than her anymore.
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    My mother's side tend to be long and my father's side, with whom I had much more contact, short. My mother was born in 1939, her father in 1896, his father in 1860 and his father in 1804! My father was born in 1940, his mother in 1921 and her mother in 1898. Back in the day, when I was in college - before many people began to wait to have children until their 30s, or even 40s, I embarrassed myself. I was dating a woman from the same university and went home with her to meet her family. We went to visit one of her girlfriends. When they answered the door, I noticed how old they were (ancient, for me, an 18 year old whose parents were both about 20 years my senior). Once we ushered into the game room I asked this young woman if those were her grandparents. She replied with some indignation that those were her parents. Needless to say, I got an eye roll from my girlfriend and I realized that I had put my foot in my mouth once again.

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    On paper:-

    1950s
    1915
    1841
    1802
    1772
    c1740s

    Of course, maybe that's not what the DNA suggests.

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    Here is a graph showing the number of my ancestors by generation according to their year of birth.
    From G4 (great-grandparents) to G12.
    The longer we go, the more generations overlap. For example, in the decade of 1650-1660, I have ancestors of 4 different generations born: generations 9, 10, 11 and 12

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    I was born in 1986 with my siblings born between 1983 and 1992

    My dad was born in 1956 (30 years)
    My granddad was born in 1930 (26 years)
    My great grandad was born in 1898 (32 years)
    My 2x great grandfather was born in 1871 (27 years)
    My 3x great grandfather was born in 1844 (27 years)
    My 4x great grandfather was born in 1821 (23 years)
    My 5x great grandfather was born in 1765 (56 years - he had seven marriages and over 20 children, I think my ancestor was born to his third wife)

    Overall, my paternal line seems to have stuck very close to the average. Before my 5x great grandfather isn’t really known but his father may have been born c1740.

    My mother was born in 1957 (29 years)
    My grandmother was born in 1932 (25 years)
    My great grandmother was born in 1897 (35 years)
    My 2x great grandmother was born in 1872 (25 years)
    My 3x great grandmother was born in 1851 (21 years)
    My 4x great grandmother was born in 1829 (22 years)
    My 5x great grandmother was born in 1792 (37 years)
    My 6x great grandmother was born in 1769 (23 years)

    The distance between generations seems more inconsistent for my maternal line although it tends towards shorter as women generally marry younger.

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