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How far can you reach back into history with 2 degrees of separation?

Asked by jaytkay (23631 points ) May 21st, 2014

Meaning who is the oldest person who knew someone you have known?

For example, I can easily get back to 1873.

I knew my grandfather. And he knew his father, who was born in 1873 (meaning my great-grandfather was born in 1873).

A lot of people in my family have had kids at a late age.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Some time at the last half of the 18th century.

As far as I know, the oldest person in my family tree lived during that period.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I don’t recall the exact year right off hand but my great-grandfather was born pretty much right after the Civil War.

zenvelo's avatar

My grandfather (who I shared a room with) was born in 1888. And I believe his father was around thirty when he was born. That’s puts my reach back to about 1858.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Wait, what exactly counts as a degree? Would my grandfather be 1 degree from me? Or would my great-grandfather be that 1st degree (since I actually knew my grandfather)? If it starts at one past the person you knew then that puts me somewhere in 1820s (great-great-grandfather).

filmfann's avatar

I knew my great grandmother, who lived to be 97, which put her in the 19th century. That is just one degree.

dxs's avatar

I knew my great-grandmother who was born in the 1910s. I googled her name and found her parents on ancestry.com! Apparently, her mother was born in 1877.

jaytkay's avatar

@Darth_Algar Wait, what exactly counts as a degree?

For this question, someone you touched is 1 degree. Someone that person met is 2 degrees.

Brian1946's avatar

My aunt, who was born in 1922, met a freed slave who I think was born in 1846.

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