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 75 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" - your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). 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) NOTE: If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then "spin" the wheel again - pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children! Or pick any ancestor!
1) One of my great-grandfather's was Thomas Richmond, born in 1848 in Hilperton, England. So my "roulette number" is 1848/75 = 24.64, rounded up to 25.
2) #25 on my ancestor name list is my great-great-grandmother, Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer (1832-1901). She was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania on 2 April 1932, and married David Jackson Carringer in Mercer County, Pennsylvania on 16 October 1851. She died 13 December 1901 in San Diego, California.
3) Here are three facts about Rebecca:
* She and David traveled all the way across the USA during their lifetimes. They moved from Mercer County, Pennsylvania to Louisa County, Iowa before 1860 with three small children, to Boulder County, Colorado by 1873, and then to San Diego, California in about 1898.
* Rebecca had three children, Harvey Edgar Carringer (1852-1946), who never married and came to San Diego with his parents; Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) who married Della Smith, who came to San Diego in 1887 on their honeymoon; and Effie Eva Carringer (1858-1874) who never married, and died in Boulder.
* Rebecca entered the family data in a Family Bible, but the only pages that survived are the vital records pages. The birth entries for David, Rebecca, Harvey, Henry and Effie are in her hand.
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