a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Everybody squeeze in! The Semenyuk family in Ukraine consists of 346 living relatives, with the oldest member 87-year-old Pavel (sat front, holding certificate) and youngest a two-week-old newborn baby© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Everybody squeeze in! The Semenyuk family in Ukraine consists of 346 living relatives, with the oldest member 87-year-old Pavel (sat front, holding certificate) and youngest a two-week-old newborn babyA 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.

a group of people around each other: Pavel Semenyuk (centre) is awarded by Ukraine's National Register of Records for having the largest family in the country© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pavel Semenyuk (centre) is awarded by Ukraine’s National Register of Records for having the largest family in the country

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.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Each family occasion is celebrated with an extra-large gathering. The women will cook huge pots of food for birthdays and weddings© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Each family occasion is celebrated with an extra-large gathering. The women will cook huge pots of food for birthdays and weddingsIt’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.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The Semenyuk family started with construction worker Pavel who had 13 children, before ending up with 127 grandchildren, 203 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Semenyuk family started with construction worker Pavel who had 13 children, before ending up with 127 grandchildren, 203 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren

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 group of people standing in front of a crowd: Currently, there are 30 Semenyuk children at the local school© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Currently, there are 30 Semenyuk children at the local school

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.’