site is dedicated to our late father, Kizhanatham
V. Athinatha Iyengar born in 1902, our father developed an interest in his
younger years to trace our family roots and record the information for
posterity. In pursuing his interest, he had numerous conversations with several
elders from the village to gather data about the siblings of each generation
along patriarchal lines. The project covering several decades resulted in
massive amounts of data which required careful sorting and cataloging by family.
The only tool available to our father at that time was a portable typewriter. He
painstakingly checked the validity of the data from more than one source, sorted
them out, and developed a comprehensive recording system with cross-referencing
features. Until his death in 1996 at age 94, he continued to devote considerable
effort to refine the system in order to make it comprehensible to anyone not
familiar with our family history. As a result of his labor, we are now able to
share the history of our family that spawns twelve generations and stretches
back to 1760ís based on available information.
When our father was growing up, the village
had no electricity and had only a one-room elementary school (Grades 1 and 2).
Upon completion of Grade 2, students had to go to another city (Palayamkottai)
located five miles from the village to attend middle and higher school. Since
there was no public transportation between the village and the city, students
walked each morning and evening under all kinds of weather to attend classes in
St. Xavierís High School (a Jesuit institution).
Following are some photographs of our Grand Parents and my Father during his mid-career with South Indian Railways:
Farthest left is K.V. Vedantham Iyengar, My Father K.V. Athinatha Iyengar, My Mother S.C. Lakshmi Ammal (Standing), My Grandmother Janaki Ammal, My Aunt Kurungadi (standing), My Grandfather K.V. Venkatarama Iyengar and on his lap is my aunt's son Rajamani, Sitting in the front is my aunt's daughter Singaram. To the right is my great uncle K.V. Venkatavaradhan. In his lap is his daughter Padma, his wife and my uncle K.V. Nambhi Iyengar
Our Three Generations
My Great Grandfather K. V. Venkatavaradhan My Grand Parents K. V. Venkatarama Iyengar My Father K.V. Athinatha Iyengar
and Janaki Ammal
Although considerable work has been done so far, the family tree project is far from complete. Please feel free to browse among the various branches of the family tree. If you have more information about any of the families or individuals listed or if you would like to offer any additions or corrections to the information presented, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail.
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