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Ancestor Story – Don, Jason, Ira Stearns Hatch, & A Tangle of Cousins – 52 Ancestors

jason, baby - b&wJason

My husband Jason isn’t a genealogist.  It’s not that he doesn’t find it interesting, he does.  But he’s busy and doesn’t love it like I do, so it’s not a big priority for him.

Two weeks ago I started a new group of people in my Family History Class at church.  He decided to join in.  The first week is really basic and talks mostly about why we do family history.  This past week we discussed an article and then took a tour of the FamilySearch website.

Several hours later my husband was mentioning something he noticed in the photos section on FamilySearch so we pulled it up and looked at photos of his ancestors that other family members have uploaded.  This was the first time I had really looked in his tree.  I noticed a name that was familiar for some reason – Ira Stearns Hatch.  It only took a moment to decide that I knew where I had seen that name.


I called my sister and asked if she would know a name from her husband’s tree if I mentioned it.  She did me one better and pulled out her husband Don’s fan chart to find the very name I was calling about – Ira Stearns Hatch!

A moment of calculating later and this is my conclusion:

  • Don & Jason are brothers-in-law & 4th cousins once removed.
  • My sister Tara & I are – of course – sisters, but also 4th cousins once removed-in-law.
  • Our children are 1st cousins & 5th cousins once removed.
  • Don is my kids uncle but also their 4th cousin twice removed.
  • Jason is my sister’s kids uncle but also their 5th cousin.

Such a fun discovery!

Ira Stearns HatchIra Stearns Hatch

Ira Stearns Hatch is not my ancestor but it turns out he is the ancestor of my children & my nieces and nephews.

My husband is now wondering how many of his friends he might be related to.  I heard recently about the Are we related? app.  I have a feeling if I tell Jason about it he just might start asking everyone to log in and see if they are somehow related.  🙂

13 thoughts on “Ancestor Story – Don, Jason, Ira Stearns Hatch, & A Tangle of Cousins – 52 Ancestors”

  1. I love things like that. A while back when doing a part of my Dad’s tree I noticed that the sister of my 2x great grandfather had married (well ok not actually officially married but lived with and had children with) a William Stafford of Mellor, Derbyshire. I then looked into his parents and grandparents and found that his grandfather’s sister was a Mary Stafford who was my 3x great grandmother on my mother’s side!

    Although I am yet to find any connections from my tree to my husbands or any other in-law! Great find!

    1. Me too. Once I discovered a complicated relationship on my Scottish line. I had to draw a very confusing map to figure it out. It’s so complicated that every time I look at that part of my tree I have rework the problem while looking at the map I drew. 🙂

  2. Ha! That is pretty amazing. I love those finds! I remember going to my best friend’s older brother’s graduation party and seeing my aunt and uncle there. I was so surprised! My aunt (related to me by marriage), it turns out, is cousins with her mom. It’s always fun to find out people are related!

    1. That is fun. And I don’t want to disagree with you but I do think it is a great discovery! First of all you traced lines for both of you back that far and then you noticed the common ancestors – sounds pretty great to me!

  3. I busted out laughing at your term “cousins removed-in-law.” Love it! I think I’ll try to find one in my family so I can use it more often.

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