Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Visited States/Provinces Map

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


For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:


1)  What states in the USA and what provinces in Canada have you visited or lived in?  

2)  Either list, or make a map of them (at the http://www.defocus.net/visitedstates/us-canada.html website) and indicate the following:

 red for states/provinces where you've not spent much time or seen very much.
*  amber for states/provinces  where you've at least slept and seen some sights.
 blue for states/provinces  you've spent a lot of time in or seen a fair amount of.
*  green for states/provinces  you've spent a great deal of time in on multiple visits.

3)  For extra credit, you could make a map to show where your ancestors resided at any time (e.g., in 1900), or perhaps where your 16 great-great-grandparents or 32 3rd-great-grandparents married, or where your ancestors were born, all with an appropriate legend.

4)  Tell us, or show us, your "Where I've been" map, and any other map that you created having fun tonight.  Put them in your own blog post, on Facebook or Google+, and leave a comment on this blog post so that we all see them.

Here are my maps:

1)  My "Where I've been" map of the United States and Canada:



So I've been to 40 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.  I have ancestral localities in Iowa and Nebraska and definitely want to visit there someday.  

I've only lived in California, but have made more than five trips to the other green states (hmm, maybe Hawaii and New Hampshire should be green too!).

2)  I decided to show where my 16 great-great grandparents resided at the time of their marriage.  The scale I used is:

*  red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 resided at marriage.
*  amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 resided at marriage.
*  blue for states/provinces where 5 or 6 resided at marriage.
green for states/provinces where 7 or more resided at marriage.



I have 1 state (Massachusetts) where four of my great-great-grandparents resided at marriage, and 4 states and one province where 2 resided, and another 2 that married in England.  These marriages occurred in the 1840 to 1865 time frame.

3)  I decided to show the 3rd great-grandparents too (same scale):

*  red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 resided at marriage.
*  amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 resided at marriage.
*  blue for states/provinces where 5 or 6 resided at marriage.
green for states/provinces where 7 or more resided at marriage.


Now I have 8 that resided in Massachusetts, and 4 that resided in 4 states and one province, and 4 that resided in England.  

The England folks migrated to Connecticut in 1855, and the Ontario folks migrated from New York and New Jersey.

4)  A map of where my ancestors from my parents back through the 3rd great-grandparents (62 ancestors) were born - with a scale of:

*  red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 were born.
*  amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 were born.
*  blue for states/provinces where 5 to 8 were born.
green for states/provinces where 9 or more were born.



On this map, out of the 62 persons from my parents back to the 3rd great-grandparents, I have 16 born in Massachusetts, 8 born in England, 7 born in New York and Pennsylvania, 6 born in Rhode Island and Connecticut, 5 in Ontario, etc.  The 1 in Quebec is my one French-Canadian ancestor who married in Ontario.

That was fun!

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/05/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your_23.html

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver



14 comments:

Dan Garnitz said...
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Dan Garnitz said...

Here is mine for state visits....

https://plus.google.com/103330489342244126828/posts/R9nPK6G7mgN

GeneGinny said...

This seems to be a repeat of an earlier SNGF. See my post from Nov 16, 2013: http://geneginny.blogspot.com/2013_11_01_archive.html

Jill Ball said...

Just one map from this Aussie http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/sngf-not-bad-for-foreigner.html

Lois Willis said...

I've adapted this, as I've never been to the United States or Canada, and my ancestors have all been from Australia or Europe.

http://loiswillis.com/?p=4294

Janice Sellers said...

I created a map for where I've been and one for where my ancestors were in 1865.

http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/2015/05/randy-seavers-saturday-night-genealogy_24.html

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Thanks for this post & link to the map. We are having lots of fun with this & mentally planning trips to fill in more states. I will have to do a map for my ancestors & post a link later... back to the map!

ellen2321 said...

Here is my post: https://ellen2321.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-may-23rd/

Dana Leeds said...

Thanks for the "fun" challenge! Here's my link: http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2015/05/sngf-my-visited-states.html

Lynn David said...

My travels in America and Canada. I was going to produce a map showing where my ancestors were but all of them were in Indiana except for a great-grandmother born in Ohio and 3x great grandparents who died in Wisconsin.
https://plus.google.com/+LynnRecker/posts/Zp88T3hGeU8

Caitlin Gow said...

As I'm half American, I was able to do a couple of maps for my ancestors :)

http://genealogically-speaking.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/sngf-colouring-maps.html

Joanne said...

It took me awhile to get this done, but enjoyed it, and posted it on my blog.

http://joannesgenealogyresearch.blogspot.com/

Janice Sellers said...

Hi, Randy,

I found a site that allows you to create world maps of the countries you've visited. (It isn't as robust as the site you talked about, though.) For those of us with more recent immigrant ancestors, it's nice to be able to map them. I experimented with it a little and posted about it on my blog:

http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/2015/06/easy-custom-genealogy-maps-beyond-north.html

Janice