People Do Not Give Birth When 100 Years Age!
It is easy to mix the generations. That is, to give credit to one ancestor for having children which he was too old to have sired. A generation consists of 33.3 years. Actually, this time frame can be used as a rule-of-thumb for the birthing years. A groom was generally about 20 years of age and the bride several years younger when the were married. The first child came about a year later, and other children were spaced about two years apart. By the time the mother was fifty years of age, she discontinued having children. There are always excepts, however, this is a reasonable guideline to follow. That means that one must ascertain the starting (birth) dates with some accuracy. The further back in time that one traces makes for more errors time-wise. Say, that the families date from 1600 to 1400. Two hundred years equals about six generations. Hopefully, a clear starting point is in there somewhere, such as a christening date. And some marriage dates which help clarify the math. A study in local period histories is indicated. The idea is to search for everyone mentioned in the documents of your ancestors (wills, estates, deeds, court cases, etc.). Churches kept records of its members, those who processioned roads and other chores. Church attendance and tithing was mandatory in the Anglican church. In other words, the history of an era is tantamount to learning how ancestors participated in the community, militia or paid taxes. Such data is necessary to open doors to more clues. Floyd County GA Genealogies and Histories