Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun ~ Ancestor Roulette

From Randy Seaver: “Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 50 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your “roulette number.”
2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an “ahnentafel”). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?
3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the “roulette number.”
4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.
5) If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then spin the wheel again – pick a great-grandmother, a grandparent, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!”

I rather like this idea, so here are my game players:

1.  My great-grandfather, Thomas Wallington was born in England in 1825 and died in 1883.  1825 divided by 50 equals 36.5 rounded up to 37.

2.  Ancestor #37 in my ahnentafel chart is Sarah Boyer my 3rd great-grandmother. She was the daughter of John Boyer and Agnes (last name unknown).

3.  Sarah was born about 1784 in Union Co., PA.  She married Isaac Hestand, date and place unknown, and they had 9 children, including my 2nd great-grandfather, Andrew Hestand. Sarah died in 1835 and is buried in Reading Cemetery in Columbiana County, OH. I have honored Sarah in Settlers and Builders of Ohio.

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