Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Ancestors or Cousins Born on Your Birth Date

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



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

The challenge this week is to find out if any of your ancestors, or their siblings (your cousins!), were born on your birth date?   


1)  What is your birth date (not the year, only month and day)?

2)  Review your records, or use your genealogy management program to create a list of persons in your database born on your birth date.  Are any of them your ancestors, or siblings of your ancestor?  Tell us how you figured it out too.

3)  List one or more of those born on your birth date in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.  

Here's mine:

1)  My birth date is 23 October.

2)  I created a list of all of the persons in my database born on each day of the year, using the Reports > Lists > Birthday and Anniversary List > and selecting birthdays only.  This created a 624 page report, but it was easy to scroll quickly down to 23 October on page 518:



There are 63 persons in my database with a birth date of 23 October, but none of my ancestors have that birth date.  Some of them are not related to me because I have information about several separate lines, including my wife's, my sons-in-law, other Seaver families, etc.  However, many of the persons on the list are my cousins - siblings of an ancestor of mine.  I can determine which ones are, and the relationship, by going to the index for the persons in my database, and finding the person, and RootsMagic will tell me the relationship.  

There is another way to use RootsMagic to find persons born on a specific birth date.  I used the Reports > Lists > On This Day List > and selected only "Family Events."  This resulted in a 5 page report that I could peruse but it had births, marriages and deaths on 23 October from 1593 to 1990.



3)  From these lists, I found these four that are related to me (there were many more):

*  Earliest match:  8th great-granduncle John Wheeler (1608-1611), son of my 9th great-grandparents Thomas Wheeler and his unknown wife.

*  Closest match:  2nd cousin twice removed Roy Percy Trembley (1926-1990), son of Percy and Maude (Hunter) Trembley; our common ancestors are my 2nd great-grandparents, James Abraham and Mary Jane (Sovereen) Kemp.

*  Closest Seaver (my father's surname) match:  5th cousin 3 times removed Milo Bert Seaver (1887-1978); our common ancestors are my 7th great-grandparents Joseph and Mary (Read) Seaver.

*  Closest Carringer (my mother's surname) match:  3rd cousin twice removed Otis Monroe Carringer (1872-1942); our common ancestors are my 4th great-grandparents Martin and Magdalena (Hoax) Carringer.  

4)  I wonder if any genealogy software program will provide a list of the relationships to a key person in some sort of order for a given birth date.  Perhaps some sort of custom report could do it.  

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/02/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your.html

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver


14 comments:

Elizabeth Handler said...

I did this for Amy Crow Johnson's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and blogged about two of my direct ancestors being born on my birth date! It was pretty easy in Family Tree Maker to run a report showing birth dates.
http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/2015/01/closest-to-your-birthday-november-21-52.html

Ellen Anderson said...

I have a twin sister, does that count? Just kidding. Otherwise none for me.

Ellen Anderson said...

I have a twin sister, does that count? Just kidding. Otherwise none for me.

Janet Iles said...

I have first, second, third and fourth cousins who share my date but no direct line ancestors. http://researchergal.blogspot.ca/2015/02/saturday-night-fun-who-shares-my-birth.html

Dana Leeds said...

I participated and found just one... he was married to my second great grand aunt. I went ahead and did a little more research on him and his wife and was able to add information, & correct some information, on my tree! http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2015/02/sngf-ancestors-or-cousins-born-on-your.html

Lisa Gorrell said...

I have a two second cousins, and my husband's aunt with the birth date of March 26. Two marriages, too.

Janice Sellers said...

I found six people, none of whom is an ancestor. One of the matches is my third cousin Yoni, and we like the fact that we have the same birthday! http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/2015/02/randy-seavers-saturday-night-genealogy.html

Chris Kramer said...

I have a GG Grand Uncle that shares my June 13th birthday.

I took my tree file, selected myself and filtered for ancestors and siblings. I then did an individual report including only name and date of birth. Exported to RTF, opened in word, created a table and sorted by birthdate.

Bill West said...

Here's mine:
http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2015/02/saturday-night-genealology-fun.html

A 7x great grandmother and a 6x great grandfather share my birthday.

Laura said...

My birthday is October 26.

In RootsMagic, I cleared all color coding in a copy of my database. I color coded my ancestors and descendants as Maroon. I made a Group for Birth, date, contains 26 October. It marked 20 people including me. I excluded non-related people from the Group using Unmark, Color coding is Black. I used the Group to select people for the Birthday and Anniversary list report. For a Custom report, I made a user defined fact, entered the relationship of the person to me in the description. Then , selected the fact as a column in the Custom report. I had no Ancestors with my birth day, 1 2nd cousin born the same day, 1 first cousin born on my first birthday and the relatives were distant cousins or relatives of distant cousins.

Laura said...

My birthday is October 26.

In RootsMagic, I cleared all color coding in a copy of my database. I color coded my ancestors and descendants as Maroon. I made a Group for Birth, date, contains 26 October. It marked 20 people including me. I excluded non-related people from the Group using Unmark, Color coding is Black. I used the Group to select people for the Birthday and Anniversary list report. For a Custom report, I made a user defined fact, entered the relationship of the person to me in the description. Then , selected the fact as a column in the Custom report. I had no Ancestors with my birth day, 1 2nd cousin born the same day, 1 first cousin born on my first birthday and the relatives were distant cousins or relatives of distant cousins.

lifecitation said...

Well, no one shares my birthdate, but I did learn a bit more about RootsMagic7 and creating lists!
https://lifecitation.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your-ancestors-or-cousins-born-on-your-birthdate/

Diane Gould Hall said...

I wrote a post last week about this Randy, with a link to your blog, of course, for the SNF. Here's the link to my post and how many I found with the same birthdate as me. http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2015/01/saturday-night-fun-how-many-people-in.html

Pam Carter said...

Here is my entry. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/02/birthday-matches-saturday-night.html