If I follow the logic that I have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents etc. and a generation equals 25 years, then after 37 generations, or 925 years ago, I should have a family tree with over 130 billion people. How is this possible?
If you go back far enough you’ll find that the same people appear several places on your family tree.For example, when working on my wife’s grandfather’s ancestors I found many instances of this. Albert Edward Nash (1878–1959) was born in Scituate, Massachusetts, and most of his ancestors for several generations lived in Scituate or in nearby towns. A lot of the early settlers of Scituate were his ancestors in more than one way.Humphrey and Lydia Turner arrived in 1628 and had eight children, four of whom are ancestors of Albert Edward Nash. In fact Humphrey and Lydia appear seven times in his ancestry.Some relationships between spouses just from the above chart.Samuel Barstow and Margaret Stockbridge were fifth cousinsJohn Ruggles and Lusanna Barstow were third cousins.Henry Briggs and Betsey Ruggles were fifth cousins.Thomas Ruggles and Eunice Oakman were third cousins once removed.Israel Nash and Deborah Clapp Briggs were fifth cousins.Franklin Nash and Eunice Cook Ford were fifth cousins.I imagine this is what happens when families stay in the same town for 250 years. Everyone is related to everyone else, they have a lot of shared ancestors, and people are marrying their fourth and fifth cousins. This was probably the pattern for most of humanity. Only in recent times do people move about a lot.
Do I need to fill out two I-134 forms for my parents or filling just one would do?
Yes, one form is enough for your father and mother if they are planning to appear together for visa interview. In case they plan to go for visa interview on two seperate occasion have them carry their own I-134.
How can I get more parents to fill out my survey?
It sounds like you are working off of a list survey or google form survey. If this is the case, a simple thing to get parents is to ask your own. Funny enough parents normally know parents and having your parents share your survey with their friends or thru social media will help you build a network of parents.Another good way to get more parents is by joining parenting groups and asking for parents feedback. Make sure to include what the survey is about and what their opinions may impact. Most of the time when you state how giving an opinion in a survey may impact people are more willing to participate.If you are using a panel survey, it’s a simple click of a button to sort your demographics. Or you can always ask a pre qualification question.
What are some stories of struggle of JEE aspirants at Kota?
My Dear friend,I don’t think anyone can answer this question better than me.The story might get long but this question forced me to explode all my emotional attachment.It all started in 2012 when I saw a student of IIT Kharagpur offered job of 70L by google.I read it in a newspaper and was having a sip of tea, with me dad by my side.I asked my dad “ What do I do to earn 70L and what is this college ? “. My father ain’t a learned man and kindly replied “ You figure out yourself.If you need help I shall get you in touch with appropriate person.But don’t expect much help from me”.The very same day I asked my Tution teacher about IIT and gained knowledge as to how to get admission in IIT and word KOTA was fit in my mind that day for very first time.Figured out the way to get admission and gave my scholarship exam too.Though cupped badly in it.Somehow, got admission in Bansal Classes Kota in P5 ( relatively lower) batch to kick start my journey. Packing my luggage and gathering courage I set off for Kota with parents who dropped me by. As i cannot afford much money took a PG in Mahavirnagar at 2,500 bucks a month and a mess nearby. My PG didn’t have purified water, geyser and cooler.Hence, had to fill water from mess each day and without cooler life in 45+ degree centigrade is like hell.Started acads with full swing right from first day.But soon after a couple of tests realised that I ain’t the smartest kid in the market and tried finding motivating myself for the best. Felt insecure at times due to failure and constant acads pressure from family too as they expected a lot from me.After one year when all Bansal teachers shifted institute and institute was left with only few good teachers, I moved to Allen.Allen provided a good support initially but after first batch change I realised I stand nowhere. I studied more vigorously those days and try to gain as much as I can. My batch was A4 that time and I was topper of that batch with tentative rank in Allen nearly 100.Misery happened when just 10 days before 12th Board I was diagnosed with Jaundice. My friend’s family supported a lot those days and helped me cure during that critical time. Special thanks to Kesha and her family for warm support.Amazing people!I somehow managed my academics and topped in my school. B-) But a lot more to face. JEE main and advance on store to crack. Gave JEE main at hometown(Vadodara) but cupped due to lack of confidence and score 173/360. Sadly, I studied overnight for JEE mains and proved my stupidity.Fought a lot after mains and studied harder.Started from base and solved innumerable problems. But stupidity never stopped me. I took my centre as Ahemdabad as I found Vadodara as unlucky. Gave JEE Advance and again, cupped even more badly.Even cupped BITSAT this time due to lack of confidence. JEE Advance rank 16,935 and BITSAT score 245.Informed my mother above paper in train on my way home. She felt a lot dissapointed. This day, Board score was released and my dad feeling proud of my score called people around informing my marks and achievement.Dad came from office taking half leave to congratulate me for my achievement in board exam. He came, hugged me, tapped me, brought sweets to greet me. (I am crying now :( ) I asked my dad to sit on sofa and calm down. Gathered family in leaving room and made them silent for a while. And the declared “ I failed in my JEE this time. I want another chance. I want to be an IITian. I want to fight. No matter what deformity comes by, I want your support.I need you “ My family members started crying, all of them cried. But at the end all agreed, and supported me.I salute my mom who fought against all relatives and supported my decision.Set off again and took admission and secured admission in top batch this time. My PG and mess remained same this time too. First test, I got 130 rank and felt worst experience ever. As expectations were high.But, my progress curve was linear with positive slope. My rank at the end used to be 20 with 50–60 %.There was a phase wherein i scored nearly 30 % for consistently but didn’t loose hope and took my cups positively. I would like to describe my efforts for the same below.Woke up at 4 am and slept at 10 pm each day.Studied nearly 15 hours a day without movie or FB or Whatsapp or games.Completed all tutorials and theory on time.Analysed all test papers thoroughly.Attended all classes even though was ill at times.Finally the day of JEE mains, I secured 278/ 360 . My centre again was Vadodara. I was finally that my hardwork meet expectation. I loved charm on the face of my parents. Again went to Kota and then started selling ranks. Was approached by 4 institutes to sell my rank and I lost my track there. Collected 2L INR but didn’t do much studies.Finally 10 days before exam realised I gotta collect back and fight hard.Somehow managed to get 1,296 rank in JEE advance and 375 in BITSAT this time. And happy days are back. Parents are happy as hell .Finally, I am here at IIT Madras in Electrical Engineering. But, I like my Sponsorship work compared to my academics and I am pseudo Electrical Engineer.So, folk this was my story. But, a lot more that can be added but I cant due to certain confidentiality. Best of luck for your future endeavours.