A man in the Ukraine is applying for the Guinness World Record for having the largest family on earth, according to reports.
Pavel Semenyuk, 87, always dreamed of a large family and was thrilled when his wife gave birth to 13 children.
Many births and marriages later, the Semenyuk clan stands at a whopping 346 living descendants, with the youngest member just two-weeks-old.
The Semenyuk family lives in the village of Dobroslav in southern Ukrainian Odessa Oblast region.
Pavel might have considered himself fortunate to have 13 kids, but now with a total of 127 grandchildren, 203 great-grandchildren and even three great-great-grandchildren, he is being recognised for something truly out of the ordinary.
It’s all one big happy family, the retired construction worker said, mentioning the only difficulty is remembering all the names of his descendants.
‘I know the names of those who are older. But I often cannot remember the names of the young ones,’ Pavel said.
Each time one of them gets a family, others build a new house in the village for the newly married pair.
To do so, there are no shortage of willing hands as most of Pavel’s sons, grandsons and great grandson are also in the construction business.
Reportedly 30 children from the Semenyuk family attend the local school and every birthday and wedding is a big event for the whole family.
One of Pavel’s daughters Vira Semenyuk, 66, said:
‘We cook huge pots of food to celebrate our birthdays and weddings. The women always help each other.’
A few days ago the Semenyuk family were recognised as the largest family in Ukraine.
Their names were registered in the local National Register of Records and they are to be submitted to Guinness World Records.
The head of the National Register of Records Lana Vetrova said: ‘This is a unique family. Until now the world’s largest family consisted of 192 members and was registered in India by Guinness World Records.
‘The Semenyuks have a good chance to break that record.’
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