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    I have a cousin with generations before him of 50 and 62 years respectively and 39 years before that.
    Not quite up to Tolan's level.

    Overall, in my own lines I had 21-44 with a grand average of 32.
    I found this exercise a massive surprise.
    I have studied age at marriage and age of the mother at birth of her first and last child for colonial Australia and my results are quite different.
    There were way more men than women back then, so a man wanting a wife would seek the next one available - often quite young.
    One of my female ancestors did marry at 16, but she did not have my ancestor child that early.
    Similarly the women would try to choose a husband who had demonstrated an ability to support her and a family, so he would be older.

    But I am finding much less variation between male and female.
    Probably because my ancestors - and those around them - mostly came as whole families.
    They were mostly not individual adventurers.
    Conditions at home were not good, so the whole family wanted to leave.
    And once they had a foothold as farmers, men starting out had the backing of their family, so the success of the family guaranteed the future success of the individual.
    And a younger man might be acceptable as a husband.

    And although some had children very early or very late, my ancestors tended to be born towards the middle of the family.
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    As with many others, it all depends on what line we're talking about. Let's look at my two outside lines first.

    Patrilineal line (Y-DNA line):

    5th great grandfather - 1730
    4th great grandfather - 1759 (29 years)
    3rd great grandfather - 1805 (46 years)
    2nd great grandfather - 1845 (40 years)
    Great grandfather - 1882 (37 years)
    Grandfather - 1910 (28 years)
    Father - 1930 (20 years)
    Me - 1956 (26 years); my oldest brother - 1950 (20 years); my youngest sister - 1968 (38 years)

    From my 5th great grandfather to me is about 226 years, so the average for this line is 32.3 years per generation. Of course, you can also see that there are 17 years from the oldest sibling in my family to the youngest. It's even more extreme in my father's family, since his last full brother was born in 1955 -- after both of my older brothers, and only a year before me. My father also has a paternal half brother who's a bit younger than I am.

    Matrilineal (mtDNA) line:

    6th great grandmother - 1726
    5th great grandmother - 1753 (27 years)
    4th great grandmother - 1780 (23 years)
    3rd great grandmother - 1801 (21 years)
    2nd great grandmother - 1834 (33 years)
    Great grandmother - 1873 (39 years)
    Grandmother - 1908 (35 years)
    Mother - 1932 (24 years)
    Me - 1956 (24 years)

    As you can see, on this line with only 4 more years there's actually an extra generation squeezed in. The average generational distance on this line is 28.4 years. You might think that more of the folks in this line were among the oldest children in their families, but actually that isn't the case.

    My 5th great grandmother, for example, was the 3rd of 5, although my 4th great grandfather was the 2nd of 8, and my 3rd great grandmother was the 1st of 8. My 2nd great grandmother, though, was the 6th of 11, and my great grandmother was the 10th of 10. My grandmother was the 6th of 7, and my mother was the 2nd of 3. The difference is that on this line, the female ancestors almost universally got off to an early start. My 2nd great grandmother I think would be the classic example, having been only 15-16 when her first child was born.

    Culture plays a role here. My patrilineal line came from Germany, and especially in the early generations the men tended to be somewhat older when they married. My matrilineal line originated in France and ended up in French Louisiana. Typically, the women were very young when they married.
    Besides British-German-Catalan, ancestry includes smaller amounts of French, Irish, Swiss, Choctaw & possibly Catawba. Avatar picture is: my father, his father, & his father's father; baby is my eldest brother.

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    definately long. at least for the recent generations. my mom and dad married later in life and my grandfather was the youngest out of alot of brothers . my great grandfather was born in the 1860s! This is why i dont trust the 23 and me time line

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    Average generation length on my male line is 32.7 years. Me - 1977; father - 1953; grandfather - 1922; great-grandfather - 1891; great-great-grandfather - 1858; 3rd great-grandfather - 1824; 4th great-grandfather - 1782; 5th great-grandfather - 1750; 6th great-grandfather - 1710; 7th great-grandfather - 1684; 8th great-grandfather - about 1650.

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    It depends. My maternal grandparents were in their 30s when my mother was born and my paternal grandparents were in their early 20s. Mind you, my mother was the last child, the first having been born a decade prior.

    Aren't there grandchildren of a US president from the 1800s still alive due to him being 70 when he had a kid and that kid being 70 when he had a kid?
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    Pretty large generational gaps there. I knew there was something off about me, aside from the cousin marriage in the old family wreath. I wonder if there are genetic and epigenetic effects from this. More time for mutations to occur in the lineage?
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    Depends on the line. My dad's side of the family has stories about kids being told to go play with their uncles (who were roughly the same age they were).

    Let's see...

    Dad's paternal line:

    3xG-GF - 1845
    GG-GF - 1867
    G-GF - 1909
    GF - 1933
    Dad - 1956
    me - 1983

    Dad's maternal line:

    5xG-GM - 1802
    4xG-GM - 1826
    3xG-GM - 1859 -- she got married at the age of 14 and outlived 3 different husbands
    GG-GM - 1875
    G-GM - 1901
    GM - 1933
    Dad - 1956
    me - 1983

    Mom's paternal line:

    8xG-GF - 1646
    7xG-GF - 1689
    6xG-GF - 1717
    5xG-GF - 1756
    4xG-GF - 1786
    3xG-GF - 1838 -- the 10th of 11 children, their mother was born in 1797
    GG-GF - 1863
    G-GF - 1900
    GF - 1926
    Mom - 1956
    me - 1983

    Mom's maternal line:

    4xG-GM - 1823
    3xG-GM - 1851
    GG-GM - 1874
    G-GM - 1902
    GM - 1932
    Mom - 1956
    me - 1983
    Ancestry paper trail tally: 21.1% Colonial American (British Isles, German, Dutch, Swiss, French), 14.1% not traced past 19th Century United States (MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA), 7.8% Canadian (Ontario & Quebec), 40.6% German, 15.6% Czech, 0.8% British & Irish

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