Showing posts with label Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Show all posts

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! - Proof of Lineage and Honoring a Patriot

It's time for another of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenges!  

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) What genealogy fun have you had this week?  What is your genealogy highlight of the week?  It could be finding a new ancestor, reading a new genealogy book, hearing a speaker at a seminar or society program, watching a webinar or Hangout On Air, or anything else that you have enjoyed.

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Google Plus or Facebook post.

This week I met with a friend who recently joined the Daughters of the American Revolution to see what proofs of lineage she used for her membership application.  She showed me the book she had used and explained the types of proofs preferred.  It seems that wills, marriage records, and even census forms are commonly used.

Returning home, I began a list of what I would need to assemble.  Most of what I need would come from two places.  The records are in Boone County, Indiana and Jasper County, Illinois.  Then I remembered that on a trip to Illinois ten years ago, my husband and I stopped in Jasper County for a couple of days so we could visit the cemetery his ancestors were buried in and visit the courthouse.  It was my first courthouse trip and I was able to copy some records.  Today I checked my files and some of what I copied ten years ago were the two wills I need for the DAR application!  How do you top that for fun!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dad's Birthday May 14, 1910

Randy is doing more Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!
Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  What day of the week was your Father born? Tell us how you found out.  I googled for a 1910 calendar.

My father, Donald George Hansen, was born on Saturday, May 14, 1910.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Father's birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.  This Day in History is the place I found these events

Lewis and Clark depart,1804
Constitutional Convention delegates begin to assemble1787
DaimlerChrysler sells most of Chrysler for $7.4 billion2007
The Battle of Resaca, Georgia, begins1864
The Warsaw Pact is formed1955
A brutal murder begins an unusual investigation,1948
Two trains crash in Japan1991
Jenner tests smallpox vaccine1796
First American Olympiad,1904
State of Israel proclaimed1948
3)  What famous people have been born on your Father's birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.  I found this information at
Thomas Gainsborough  1727 - 1788
Bobby Darrin   1936 - 1973
George Lucas  1944
Mark Zuckerberg 1984
Tony Perez 1942  (baseball player)

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Semi-Random Research

Randy's suggestions for this week's entertainment are:
1)  We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very last person on your list of names is.

3)  What do you know about this person based on your research?  It's OK to do more if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blogpost, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

The last person on my name list is Mary Zotnorn who is person number 928 in my data base of 3132 individuals.  Mary was born about 1858 in Bohemia and her mother's name was Katharina.  That is all I knew about Mary except that she was one of my son-in-law's Great-great-grandmothers.  Since doing a little more research on her at today, I know a lot more about her.  Mary Kotorour (not Zotnorn) was born 26 May 1860 to Frantisek Kotorour and Katarina Kubat.  She married Jan (John F) Bozovsky 2 Sep 1877 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
In the 1900 census she is listed with husband John and children John, Mary, Rose, and Antonia.  Mary and John's daughter Rose married Frank Krbec in Chicago on 25 April 1904.  Rose and Frank had a son Frank Valentine who married Anna Angeline Franke Mann and in turn had a son John who with his wife Pamela Coan adopted Scott Allen.   Her widowed mother Katrina was also living in the household at the time of the 1900 census.  Mary died in Chicago on 18 Feb 1911 and is buried in St Adelbert's Cemetery.  I'm sure there is more to be found and corrected.

Mary is in my tree because my son-in-law is adopted and we are tracing his adoptive parents trees for the grandchildren.  Actually the grandchildren have visited the little village in the Czech Republic that their Krbec ancestors came from.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Name Game

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver!  Randy says:  Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where's my Mission Impossible music...drat, lost it), is:

This SNGF is based on the Baby Name Wizard at  

1)  Go to the Baby Name Wizard site and see how popular your name was over the 20th century, and how popular a baby name it is today.  Check out your spouse, your children and your grandchildren (if you have some!) also.  

2)  What does your name mean (find out on

3)  Tell us about it, and show us your graphs, in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, in a Facbook status or a Google+ Stream post.  

I was given the name Donna by my parents in 1942 at that time Donna ranked number 17 and peaked at number 10 in the 1950s.  In the 1970s it ranked number 64 and 208 in the 1980s.  In 2010 it was 984.

My husband was named David in 1939.  Then the name David ranked 11 and reached its peak in the 1970s at 2.  In the 1960s when we named our son David the name was ranked 5.  Our daughter Laura was named in the 1960s and her name ranked 16 and is currently at number 275.  Interestingly Laura was ranked at 21 in the 1880s before it dropped to 87 in the 1940's.  Wonder if the movie "Laura" played any part in that.

Our grandchildren are Aidan named in 1996 when it ranked 311 and currently at 94 after peaking at 40 in 2004.  Granddaughter Mackenzie was named in 1999 when her name was number 96 and it is currently 68.  Brigid was never in the top 1000 in any time period from the 1880s until 2011.  All of my grandchildren's names are spelling dependant.  There are other variants of each of their names which would change the ranking.

The most interesting part of this exercise is how popular Donna was a name.  Growing up I hated my name.  I always wanted to be Cathy, Judy, Patty, or one of those other "y" names.
The meaning of Donna that I was always aware of was Latin/Italian for lady, however in modern terminology it appers that Donna is also the feminine form of Donald (world ruler).  This makes sense as I am a first born and my father's name was Donald.

Thanks Randy this was fun and I learned a lot!  Sorry about the graphs or lack of but I couldn't figure out how to copy and paste them.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who is Your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor?

Hey geneaphiles, it's Saturday Night again - time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Determine who your most recent unknown ancestor is - the one that you don't even know his or her name.

2) Summarize what you know about his or her family, including resources that you have searched and the resources you should search but haven't searched yet.

3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a status on Facebook.

My most recent unknown ancestor is the father of Leopold Peterson b 1851 in Sweden. Leopold came to the United States in 1870, landing in Massachusetts. According to the 1892 Chicago voters roll, Leopold applied for citizenship in Massachusetts and his oldest child was also listed as having been born in Massachusetts.

Going through the marriage records for 1873 did yield the correct record for Leopold Peterson who married Caroline Neilson in Boston on 11 Aug 1873. According to the marriage index Leopold's parents were Peter and Anne. How helpful! Using the Boston City Directory for 1873, I found the minister on the record Rev George S Noyes was at the Bethel Church on North Square in Boston. I have also looked for his parental information on his naturalization application but all it says is when he came here and that he came from Sweden.

I have also checked the Swedish records on FamilySearch and checked out the Norwegian Emmigration records on the Digitalarkivet. Next I will try to find out where the records of the Bethel Church might be housed in hopes that they are more complete. I hope they would yield the parents last names or at least the county in Sweden if not the actual parish. I am surprised that Leopold's origins are so elusive since Leopold is a relatively unique name in Sweden.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Surnames?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings issued a challenge

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2) Tell us which GMP you're using and how you did this task.

3) Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries. If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5! Or 10!

4) Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

I used Roots Magic as Randy did. I began trying to use Family Tree Maker 2009 but was unable to find a way to list by surname only. My report was only 18 pages long but revealed that I have about 809 surnames in my data base of 3066 individuals.

Surname All Male Female Earliest Most recent
FERGUSON 132 73 59 1641 2002
SEMPSROTT 120 71 49 1694 2008
MEURER 110 51 59 1786 2003
BURBACH 94 41 53 1713 1998
HANSEN 83 48 35 1575 2008
COAN 74 49 25 1793 1997
HASSLER 69 46 23 1815 1996
WOLF 56 32 24 1843 2002
FLEMING 44 24 20 1846 1999
BRAHM 44 21 23 1828 1995

I also ran a general data file statistics report. Here it is:

Individual Statistics All Male Female Unknown
Individuals Selected 3066 1595 1467 4
Individuals with marriage event 887 433 454 0
Average age at marriage 24.97 26.69 23.34 NA
Minimum age at marriage 9.00 9.00 13.00 NA
Maximum age at marriage 67.00 67.00 59.58 NA
Individuals with death age 1051 607 442 2
Average age at death 59.79 59.27 60.77 1.00
Minimum age at death 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maximum age at death 120.00 100.00 120.00 2.00

Individual Statistics All Male Female Unknown
Married Individuals 1899 949 950 0
Average marriages per person 1.08 1.09 1.07 NA
Minimum marriages per person 0.00 0.00 0.00 NA
Maximum marriages per person 4.00 4.00 4.00 NA
Average children per family 1.95 1.94 1.95 NA
Minimum children per family 0.00 0.00 0.00 NA
Maximum children per family 15.00 15.00 15.00 NA

This has been an interesting exercise and a good way to find out the strengths and weaknesses of
the various software programs. Thanks Randy!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

SNGF - My Best Genealogy Gift

I received 2 genealogy help gifts this year for Christmas.  The first was a cashmere sweater which will keep me warm when I do my volunteer work at my local Family History Center.  It is so cold that there is a space heater in the room.  Most of us just keep our coats on.  This is in south Texas!

The second gift I received was a Nook book reader.  This will let me search for and download reference materials.  My library also has e-books available to borrow via download.  It's a whole new environment to explore.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Same birthday as yours?

1)  Is there a person in your genealogy database that has the same birth date that you do?  If so, tell us about him or her - what do you know, and how is s/he related to you?

2)  For bonus points, how did you determine this?  What feature or process did you use in your software to work this problem out?  I think the Calendar feature probably does it, but perhaps you have a trick to make this work outside of the calendar function.

Above is Randy Seaver’s challenge for this week.  I have accepted that  challenge and it exposed me to new ways to use my genealogy software.  I did the work using both Family Tree Maker and Roots Magic using the calendar option.  I also used the index of individuals in Legacy and moved the date of birth field to the first column and just scanned through the list.
Using the calendar option in both programs I found five individuals  in my data base that share my  October 6th birthday.  Only one of those individuals is a blood relative.  She is Katherine Josephine Spiller and a 4th cousin once removed.  Katherine is a descendant, as I am, of the Burbach family of Oberselters, Hesse-Nassau, Germany.  She was both born and died in Austin, Travis, Texas.    Both on our immigrant ancestors came th the United States in the 1850s.  Her ancestors went to Texas and mine to Wisconsin.  The others sharing my birthday are ancestors of my husband. 
The challenge was probably faster using the calendar report, but it was a totally new report for me and I use the index of individuals on a regular basis to go to who I am working on.