Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
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) I chose my great-grandfather, Charles Auble (1849-1916). Dividing 1849 by 50 results in 36.98, rounding up to 37.
2) Number 37 on my Ancestral Name List ("ahnentafel") is Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857). Here is the Vital Record information I have for Hannah Sawtell:
Hannah Sawtell was born on 6 November 1789 in Brookline, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States, the daughter of Josiah Sawtell and Hannah Smith. She died on 13 January 1857 at the age of 67 in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 21 October 1810 in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States to Zachariah Hildreth. He was born on 10 April 1783 in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Zachariah died on 22 January 1857 at the age of 73 in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
a) Hannah (Sawtell) Hildreth had nine children - Aaron Hildreth (1811-1884), Clarissa Hildreth (1814-1819), James Hildreth (1917-1890), Clarissa Hildreth (1819-1852), Elizabeth Hildreth (1922-1910), Milo Hildreth (1824-1893), Moses Hildreth (1828-1893), Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) and Harriet Augusta Hildreth (1835-1850).
b) Hannah (Sawtell) Hildreth and her husband died in January 1857 in Townsend within nine days of each other (Hannah on 13 January 1857 of paralysis, Zachariah on 22 January 1857 of consumption) and are buried in the Hillside Cemetery with their children, Clarissa (1814-1819) and Harriet Augusta (1835-1850).
c) Hannah (Sawtell) Hildreth was a 4th great-granddaughter of Olive (Welby) Farwell (1604-1692), who was an 11th great-granddaughter of Edward I, King of England (died 1307). I doubt that she knew that she had a royal ancestor!
4) I just did!
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