Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ancestor Roulette - Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!  Here are Randy’s instructions:
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Spin the Ancestor Roulette Wheel!

1) What year was one of your great-grandmothers born?  Divide this number by 125 (use a calculator!) 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" - your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three to five 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.

I chose to use the birth year of my Norwegian great-grandmother Dorette Christiansdatter.  Dorette was born in 1857.  1857 divided by 125 is 14.856 so I rounded up to 15.  Using Family Tree Maker 2012 I created an ahnentafel report.  Person number 15 in that report happened to be a Great-aunt from Ireland.
Mary Ann Fleming was born 28 Sept 1846 in Ballylanders, Co Limerick, Ireland.  She was the oldest of 12 children born to Thomas Fleming and Mary Hennessy.
Five facts about Mary Ann Fleming are:
·         She married Thomas James Walsh in Ireland and they immigrated to Michigan in 1865.
·         In 1880 Mary’s brother Michael and sister Hannah were living with her family in Port Huron.
·         In 1893 Mary’s house was the scene of the marriage of my mother’s parents M J Connery and Alice Fleming.
·         By 1900 Mary was a 51 year old widow who had born 12 children of whom 9 were still living.  She lived in a rented home.
·         Mary Ann Fleming Walsh died on 1 June 1930 in Port Huron, St Clair, Michigan at the age of 84.