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From: "Ray Brindle" <>
Subject: RE: [CHS] A QUESTION OF MATHEMATICS II
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 08:59:25 +1100
In-Reply-To: <20040315001528.10562.qmail@web25010.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>


John asks: "When, if ever, should a reasonably sane person call it a day?"

A reasonably sane person wouldn't even start (he says cheerfully)!

Carry on obsessively and free of guilt, dear friends.

Ray
in Oz





-----Original Message-----
From: John Phillips [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, 15 March 2004 11:15 AM
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Subject: [CHS] A QUESTION OF MATHEMATICS II

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So the serious question to all this is: What is the likely number of direct
ancestors that anyone could reasonably identify? Of the possible 8090, I
have managed to identify, with some degree of certainty, and I'll put it no
better than that, 185!! And I thought I was doing well. This includes one 11
x great grandparent. I have a number of brick walls which I have absolutely
no hope of breaking down, and a few more which might respond to some more
available information in the future. Lines in Ireland, and a few more common
names are fraught with problems. When, if ever, should a reasonably sane
person call it a day?



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John Phillips

(Yorkshire, UK)



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