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Old 03-26-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Maybe I should start a new topic about this, but does anyone know offhand approximately how many generations back to the Pilgrims? I am directly descended from a Mayflower (ship and Compact) ancestor on one side of my family.
If you know your descent, you should be able to count the number of generations. For me, one line to the early 1600s is 11 generations.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:07 PM
 
Location: somewhere flat
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I don't think you're accurate. I'm no 'professor' of the topic, though.

I've always been described, by family, and self, as first-generation Irish-American. Because I was a child of an immigrant born in the USA of an immigrant. My child would be a second-generation.

Maybe we're talking apples to oranges, maybe not.
Mexicans were here before Europeans. So, I think the OP pre-dates the Mayflower folks.
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Maybe I should start a new topic about this, but does anyone know offhand approximately how many generations back to the Pilgrims? I am directly descended from a Mayflower (ship and Compact) ancestor on one side of my family.
If you know you are descended from them you should be able to count the documented generations. If you do not have that information, you should be aware that a lot of people claim to be directly descended from Mayflower ancestor even though they are not. You really need to do the research and document each generation until you get back to the Mayflower, then you can count the number of generations.

That said, typically in genealogy an average, standard generation is considered 25 years. So based on that it would be about 16-17 generations from today to the Mayflower.
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:25 PM
 
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I was always taught in the genealogy classes I attended that a generation is the time it takes for an individual to replace herself, and the average is 30 years.

I sat and figured this all out for my genealogical lines several years ago. My paternal line always married late, so their generations average 34 years (this is the line with a great deal of education for every generation back to France), while on my maternal line the women married young, so their generations average 26 years (lots of 13 and 14 year old girls in the south stuck marrying much older men with children and then having a dozen or so more children.)
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