Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ahnentafel Roulette!

Randy Seaver, of Genea-Musings has created his latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Our instructions:

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

1) How old is your father now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 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 ahnentafel. Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook note or comment, 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 your mother, or yourself, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!

If my father were alive, he would be 98 (born 29 April 1911). 98 divided by 4 is 24.75, so we'll round off to 25. Number 25 in my Ahnentafel is my great-great grandmother Clarissa Haney Wright, born 19 July 1844 in Xenia, Green County, Ohio.

Three facts about Clarissa:

1. She married my great-great grandfather Charles Reed 16 September 1860 in Jay County, Indiana.

2. She lived with her widowed father and siblings just a few houses down from the family of Vinson Nidey, which had a lodger -- Charles Reed, who would soon be her husband.

3. She bore Charles Reed 14 children, 13 of whom lived into adulthood.

I don't really know that much about her, but I sure want to know more!

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