Descendants of Twins #general


Joe Bratspis
 

 

Descendants of Twins

My great grandfather had two sisters who were twins. Should I expect
to find twins among the descendants of the twins? Among the
descendants of my great grandfather?

Joe BRATSPIS
Ivyland, Pa. USA

BRATSPIS; Zolynia
TANENBAUM; Grodzisko
KRYM; Telz
BLAT; Shavil


Eleanor Lind
 

Do you know if they were identical twins? Could make a difference a doctor would tell you more. 

Eleanor Platt Lind
London UK


Sarah L Meyer
 

It is my understanding that fraternal twins do tend to run in families, but identical twins are purely random events.  My husband's great grand father was an identical twin and my daughter has fraternal twins.  But in order to run in families you should see a lot of them, especially as you look at your great aunts descendants.  Otherwise they are random, and it is my understanding that they are also more common with older mothers.
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Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania
https://www.sarahsgenies.com


deborah.shindell@...
 

When I unexpectedly had fraternal female twins 28 years ago, people asked me if it ran in the family. My answer at that time was "it does now". Since doing genealogy, I realized that it DOES run in my family. Identical twins do not, but having fraternal twins is governed by the female line and whether she releases two eggs during ovulation. Practically every single female descendant of my maternal great-great-grandmother had twins. My sisters did not, but I guess I was the lucky one. Now to see if my daughters have twins!
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Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
deborah.shindell@...
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)


malka_f1
 

I'm not a scientist but today I spoke to an ex colleague, a high school science teacher who informed me as follows on this issue:- 

1.  Until recently the thinking was that twins would occur when there were previous generations of twin births and that is what the science teachers in the UK used to teach.   
2.  However, the thinking has changed and twin births are now thought to be more random.
3.  Having said that, there is the phenomenon where some women could be predisposed to releasing 2 eggs giving rise to twins.
4.  But the main issues are (i) the data doesn't go back far enough; (ii) lack of statistical measurement & (iii) oral histories all leading to insecure data analysis.  Hence the change in thinking as set out at 2 above.  

On the subject of oral history, I discovered via Jewish Gen databases that my paternal grandmother was a twin.  She had several children but no twins and neither have I had twins.  

There may be genners 'out there' with more scientific knowledge but in the meantime I hope the above may be of some use to you.   

Regards
Malka Flekier
London, UK


@murfisto
 

My father, who was born in Krynki, Poland in 1898, was one of identical twins but his twin died of (probably) typhus within his first year of life but there are no other twins in our extended family in his or my generation nor had there been any reference to any other set of twins in his previous generation, so, i would guess, you don't need to expect twins in your generation unless by accident...
Murray Stollman
St Pete Beach, FL


Sherri Bobish
 



I agree with Malka about the lack of statistical measurement of twins.  As a practical example, in the 1910's in NYC my late Uncle Irving was born a twin.  The two boys' birth certificates give no indication of whether they were fraternal or identical.  My Uncle's twin passed on in very early childhood.

Past records may be too imprecise to use for study, but I would think going forward data would be recorded and studied accurately.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish


sharon yampell
 

My paternal grandmother was one of two sets of twins born to her mother…she and her younger sister both lost their twin sisters as toddlers.  My grandmother did not have any twins nor did her younger sister.  My great aunt had no grandchildren and as one of the two grandchildren my grandmother had who had children, neither I nor my first cousin had twins…

 

Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, New Jersey

 

From: Sherri Bobish
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I agree with Malka about the lack of statistical measurement of twins.  As a practical example, in the 1910's in NYC my late Uncle Irving was born a twin.  The two boys' birth certificates give no indication of whether they were fraternal or identical.  My Uncle's twin passed on in very early childhood.

Past records may be too imprecise to use for study, but I would think going forward data would be recorded and studied accurately.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish

 


Shelly Crane
 

Hello,  You may find this answers some of your questions:   https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/traits/twins/

Best regards

Shelly Levin
Genetic Counselor
Northern California