Randy Seaver offered the following Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge:
Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with FOUR degrees of separation? That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor.” When was that fourth ancestor born?
Here is my line:
- I knew my paternal grandfather, Hendrik Hoitink (1914-2000).
- He knew his maternal grandmother, Johanna Piek (1860-1930).
- She would have known her paternal grandfather, Gerrit Jan Piek (1802-1888).
- He would have known his paternal grandfather, Harmen Piek (1733-1817).
So four degrees of separation get me back to 1733, when Herman Piek was baptized in Bredevoort. That’s pretty far!
Harmen Piek may have known his paternal grandfather Harmen Piek, who was born in 1671 and died sometime between 1720 and 1745. He in turn would have known his maternal grandmother Aeltjen Dierkinck, who was born about 1615 and died around 1684.
Isn’t it amazing that six degrees of separation takes me back four hundred years?
All the Piek ancestors were born in Bredevoort as far as I can go back. Bredevoort burial records don’t start until 1759, so earlier death dates can only be estimated.
How far can you go back with just four degrees of separation?