August 26, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestor Name Roulette; Playing Games

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!

1) My Great-grandfather James Byard Wheeler was born in 1852. Divided by 50, it brings a number of 37.04 rounded to 37.
2) This brings up interestingly enough Susan Green(e) on my husband’s side as I have our entire lines on one program/file. (Does anyone else do it this way? I started it that way and have never separated them)
Her vital information is as follows: She was born on July 14, 1815, location unknown. She died March 1, 1883 in Jefferson County New York and is buried in Sherwin Bay Cemetery in Brownville. Interestingly enough her burial records do not jive with the birthdate I have which I probably got from a family member. (I have not spent enough time on this family) The cemetery records say she was age 73, 08 months and 17 days at death, placing her birthdate at June 14, 1809. Needs more research!
3) Three facts….Hmmm could be fantasy, noting how I got the information in the first place and NEED to do the research myself (once again because I have obsessed over my own line) 1: She is the wife of Martin Williams and together the had 2: four known daughters: Sarah, Julia, Anna and Vina.3: She may have or not come to Michigan with her husband where he purchased land in Ottawa County Michigan, but never apparently settling. Their daughter Julia at least did, she is the 2nd Great grandmother of my husband. She has been noted to be thedaughter of Samuel Greene and granddaughter of the Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene….but I only HEARD this, and until I see proof in document….just folklore!

Clearly embarrassing lol…how I have meandered away from my genealogy…coming back only to find there is so much more to do. How to divide the very little time after the boss lets me go home at the end of the day!