4 September 2022

Visualising family data

Descendants of Johanna Fitzgerald and Thomas Horgan
diagram showing numbers of male and female grandchildren
The 31 grandchildren of Johanna Fitzgerald and Thomas Horgan

Above is a visual representation of the Horgan grandchildren all born in South Australia after the widowed Johanna Horgan emigrated from Ireland in 1852 with her three young sons John, Thomas and Daniel. She was later joined by her older daughter Johanna. 

I am grateful to Andrew Redfern for the idea of representing families in this visual manner.
A chart like this can be produced in a wide range of programs such as Word, Powerpoint,  or Google slides. I chose to make mine in Canva using their simple tools to duplicate and tidy the person icons in the table.

The 94 great grandchildren

Not all of the 31 grandchildren represented above went on to have their own children. Some died at a young age, several women remained unmarried and looked after parents as they aged, 2 married couples had no children, 2 of the men became priests and one woman became a nun.

Of those grandchildren who did marry, here are the numbers of offspring from those unions.

Johanna Horgan and John Hogan's offspring had 23 children: - 6 O’Sullivans, 6 Hogans, 5 O’Briens, and 6 Kitschkes 
John Horgan and Hanora O'Leary's offspring had 11 children : - 3 Horgans and 8 McInerneys
Thomas Horgan and Mary Caroll's offspring had 30 children: -25 Horgans, 5 Slatterys
Daniel Horgan and Julia Evans offspring had 28 children: - 5 Slatterys and 23 Horgans

Numbers and dates, interesting but somewhat boring. Thanks Andrew for visual idea.

I am a descendant of John and Hanora Horgan. If you are a descendant of any of these 94 great grandchildren I would be delighted to hear from you.
This post first appeared on earlieryears.blogspot.com by CRGalvin

1 comment:

  1. Thankyou so much for this. I also have ancestors Joannas and Johns Fitzgeralds, Andrews and Johns and Michaels Hogans and Horgans, from same Keel parish in Kerry, same time lines, some of whom, our lot, also emigrated to Adelaide in 1857. 6 of my imm.family are Dna -matched, up to 32 cm, to Carmel Horgan Gavn. So we are undoubtedly related, possibly on four lines. I am struggling to visualise who is who and who might be whose sibling or cousin and yr map is such a good visual aid! Ive loads of Keel records, the actual images .Perhaps you might collaborate with me and my genealogist sister rillwater? hoganshero0@gmail.com is my email, and I am yours,
    Lucinda Cook


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