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Old 07-07-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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Who is left of your birth family?

As of yesterday, I'm the last remaining member of my family generation.

My last remaining half brother passed away yesterday at 89yrs old. All my grandparents, parents, three 1/2 siblings, aunts & uncles are all gone now but I was by far, the baby of the family. I'm glad I was able to say goodby to him last week before he passed to be with all the family. At 75 years old, it's a very lonely feeling for me.

Who do you still have that was alive when you were born?

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Old 07-07-2019, 03:20 PM   #2
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I never knew my grandparents. They were taken in the Armenian Genocide over 100 years ago. My dad died in 1961 when I was 16 an my mom died in 1982.

I have a half brother who is alive and well in Sacramento, CA. He's 97 YO. We don't see each other much. I have sister who's 83 and lives nearby. We talk and visit regularly.

All of my mom's generation, a total of four sisters and one bother, are long gone. Two of the sisters had children and they are all still around. I'm the youngest of that bunch at 74.

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Old 07-07-2019, 04:11 PM   #3
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I'm fortunate to still have my dad. My mom died in 2003 and all the grandparents are gone. One uncle is gone but still have 2 other uncles still living as well as all their wives but we don't see them much since they live in Ohio and we don't go there to visit anymore. I'm the oldest of my generation and I'm 61. All my siblings and cousins are still around. I'm only in touch with one cousin on a regular basis. My siblings all live within an hour or so of me so we get together more frequently.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:21 PM   #4
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I'm 56. The only members of my slightly extended family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings) who have passed are all four of my grandparents and my aunt. She had Type 1 diabetes and died at the age of 56, I believe.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:32 PM   #5
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At 80, I am the last of my family on my mothers side.. To clarify, my father died when I was 4.. My mother and my dad's family did not keep any contact.. I haven't seen/talked with anyone on my fathers side in 70 years..

My daughter is the only remaining member of my original family.. Both my first wife and son have passed away.. My daughter has an aunt and cousins from her mothers side, who we see frequently..

Disclaimer: My experiences may not be as someone else might think correct.. Life goes on..
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:34 PM   #6
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All my grandparents are gone, as well as my parents. Of the 12 siblings in my mum's family, the youngest is still alive. He is in his nineties. I have a fair number of cousins who are older than me who are still alive. Actually, I think of my nearly 40 first cousins, only one has died and he was younger than me. My one sister is also still alive. None of my dad's siblings are around anymore.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:11 PM   #7
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It's just my two sisters and me. My dad died in 1988 and my mom in 2008. Both parents were only children so we never had any aunts, uncles, or first cousins. Two grandparents were dead by the time I was born and I never met the third. My dad's mom died in 1923 and my mom's dad died in 1946. When my dad lost his mother at age 6, we was raised by his aunt and her family. He never had much contact with his dad after that. The only grandparent i ever knew was mom's mom and she was a battleaxe! OMG she was not a revered grandparent! In 2002 I seriously got into genealogy to learn what my ancestors were like.

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Old 07-07-2019, 08:05 PM   #8
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My grandparents are all gone. My parents are alive, at 85 and 87. My only sibling is alive at 60. My father's brother and his wife are in their 70s, and they have four children and eight grandchildren, so there are lots of cousins.

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Old 07-07-2019, 08:22 PM   #9
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I'm so sorry for your loss Kayelle.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:43 PM   #10
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Parents, Grandparents (on both sides) are gone and although there were extensive family on both sides, my father was a single child and my mother only one brother. I have been in touch (LOL) with one cousin (of three) about once every 5 years or so.

I'm second to youngest of 5, eldest brother died too young, about 4 years ago at 77 (pancreatic cancer). Two other sisters, one northerly Ontario, one in OK/FL, and a younger bro in southern Ontario. We mostly communicate via e-mails, occasional phone calls and rare visits.

My eldest bro was the one who kept in touch with 3rd cousins in the Maritimes on my fathers side; on my mothers side, in the States there were 2nd and 3rd cousins galore and my bro again, knew some of them. My maternal grandmother was one of 9 children. Sadly when he passed a lot of that info went with him.

You will think of him often I"m sure Kayelle, I still think on my brother constantly.

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