Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Roulette

Coiurtesy of Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings comes another edition of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!

It's Saturday Night again - time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

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

1) What year was your paternal grandfather born?  Divide this number by 100 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?

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 grandmother, or yourself, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!

Here's mine:  

1) My paternal grandfather was Estel Elmer Dillman, and he was officially born 21 Dec 1908.  I say 'officially' because some sources list different, earlier years.  Same for his brother Orville.  This is likely because a bad family situation caused the two oldest boys to 'grow up' faster to enlist in the Navy early, which both did.  So, 1908/100=19.08, which rounds to 19.  This is my roulette number.

2) Person #19 on my list is Mary Olive Gleason, and I have almost no information on her. 

3) She was born on 19 Sep 1863 in Crawford County, Indiana.  She married Abraham Wiseman on 3 Jan 1878 (yes, very young!), and she died on 24 Mar 1938 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  Those three facts are all I have on Mary.

Did you try this roulette experiment?  How did yours come out?

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