Greats, Great-Greats and beyond

Each of us has 4 Grandparents, 8 Great Grandparents, 16 Great Great Grandparents, 32 Great Great Great Grandparents, 64 4th Great Grandparents, 128 5th Great Grandparents, 256 6th Great Grandparents, 512 7th Great Grandparents, 1024 8th Great Grandparents, and so on. The number doubles as we look at each preceding generation.

I'll list each generation of my ancestors by name and by maternal and paternal lines, also linking their names to the page they are on, if there is one. Lots more research needs to be done on my maternal ancestors, some of whom didn't leave many clues behind as to their identity. Most were farmers, which was no surprise. Surnames noted with an asterisk (*) are speculative, not enough info to prove. Surnames noted with ** have issues with the spelling, could be slightly different.

My father's brother, the late Alphonsus Edward Ward Jr, did some genealogy research in the 1970s and my mother, the late Marjorie Jean O'Brien Ward, became interested in her family's history in the 1980s. Both my uncle and my mother did their research the old-school way, decades before modern computers and the internet.

Note that I have dual Beach ancestry on my mother's side of the fence - Two 7th generation descendants of 2 of the 3 immigrant "Beach Boys" tied the knot and made me a 12th cousin to myself.

My GEDmatch number is DE4361004 and my FTDNA Kit number is 371374. My tree in both Ancestry and Family Search is public.

Grand Parents (4)

Great Grand Parents (8)

Great-Great Grandparents (16)

3rd Great Grandparents (32, some unknown)

4th Great Grandparents (64, many unknown)

5th Great Grandparents (128, many unknown)

6th Great Grandparents (256, many unknown)

7th Great Grandparents (512, most unknown)

8th Great Grandparents (1,024, most unknown)

9th Great Grandparents (2,048, most unknown)

10th Great Grandparents (4,096, most unknown)

Ancestors who served in the military. Click the link for a pic.

Related pages


Research by cousins who shared their work, including Tracey Crow, Stan Wilson, Charles Hudson, Eugene H. Beach, Jr., Lanark County Genealogical Society (Ontario, Canada) members and others.

Roman Catholic Parish Records on microfilm at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

1842, 1851, 1861, 1871 Drummond Township, Lanark, Ontario, Canada, Census.

1884 Pine Township, Montcalm County, Michigan Census

The Stanton (MI) Herald Clipper newspaper (microfilm), May 8, 1900.

Montcalm County Clerk's Office Death Record Ledger.

Cody/Coady Catholic Cemetery in Maple Valley Township, Montcalm County, Michigan.

The genealogy research of my Uncle Ed, the late Alphonsus Edward Ward, Jr.; my mother, the late Marjorie Jean O'Brien Ward; and my sister, the late Anne E. Ward.

Publications accessible on The Internet Archive, a great resource for genealogists.

The Beach Family Journal, research by Eugene H. Beach Jr.