Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestral Birthplace Chart

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 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) My friend and colleague J. Paul Hawthorne started this on Facebook, and many geneabloggers have already done it.


2)  The challenge is to create a five or six generation ancestor chart that shows your ancestor's birthplaces.  You can download Paul's sample chart (an Excel spreadsheet) available at :  http://bit.ly/1RjfZEZ.  Pat Richley-Erickson created another spreadsheet (5 or 6 generations), available at:   http://bit.ly/5n6GenBirth.

3)  These are spreadsheets (use Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice or Google Sheets or similar), so you will have to enter text in the cells and then use the background and font color features to make it correct and look colorful.  You could make your own in some other program also. 

4)  Use your genealogy program to figure out which state or country your ancestors came from, then enter the data into the correct cell.  Make an image of your spreadsheet - I used the Windows Snipping Tool, and saved the image as a .jpg file.  You could make a screen capture of your spreadsheet and save it as an image also.

5)  Share your Ancestral birthplace Chart with the genealogy world on your own blog post or on Facebook or on Google+.

Here's mine - a six generation chart:



2)  Here's my wife's 5-generation chart:



These charts could be embellished with birth years, or counties, or both.  A chart could be made for where your ancestors died or for occupations.  Be creative!


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17 comments:

Joanne said...

I enjoyed making a birthplace chart and posted it on my blog: http://joannesgenealogyresearch.blogspot.com/
Thanks for sharing yours.
Joanne Skelton

The Down East Genealogist said...

Having seen several of these posted the past couple of days, I had already prepared mine when you posted your weekly challenge. You can see mine on my Pine Trees and Pedigrees blog at http://pinetreesandpedigrees.blogspot.com/2016/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-ancestral.html. I might do a death place chart as you suggest, although it will be less diverse than the birthplaces. Thanks for the challenge!

The Down East Genealogist said...

My death place chart is now posted at http://pinetreesandpedigrees.blogspot.com/2016/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-addendum.html. Less geographical diversity as expected, but a couple of interesting additions.

Lisa Gorrell said...

Here's mine.My daughter got a kick out of the chart on Facebook and wanted one for her ancestors. http://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2016/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-ancestral.html

Elizabeth Handler said...

Mine is at From Maine to Kentucky and has good representation of states "From Maine to Kentucky."

My husband's is at A Jewish Genealogy Journey with four born in the U.S. and the rest in Eastern Europe.

Debi Austen said...

Thanks for the fun, Randy. Here's mine. http://who-knew-it.blogspot.com/2016/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun.html

Janet Iles said...

Hi Randy I posted my chart on my blog Janet the Researcher at http://www.researchergal.blogspot.ca/2016/03/my-ancestral-birth-chart.html

Louis Kessler said...

Mine is the super non-exciting: http://www.beholdgenealogy.com/blog/?p=1684

Jan said...

That was fun! I've posted my five generation chart to my Tripp Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/trippgenealogy/
I probably should extend it six generations as most of my Canadian lines become New Yorkers before the Revolution.

Janice Sellers said...

I've posted mine on my blog. Like Louis Kessler's, it's not terriby exciting:

http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/2016/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-ancestral.html

Lynn David said...
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Lynn David said...

I did mine in the colors of the flag of the state/country:

http://lijability.livejournal.com/125847.html

Ancestor Archaeology said...

Here's mine:

http://www.ancestorarchaeology.net/2016/03/five-generation-ancestral-birthplace.html

I'm going to do the 6 gen next!

Jana Last said...

I actually shared my chart on my blog last Thursday. :)

http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2016/03/my-five-generation-birthplace-pedigree.html

Cheri Hudson Passey said...


Here's my post about my chart. Boy am I a Carolina Girl!
http://carolinagirlgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/03/a-carolina-girlmy-birthplace-pedigree.html

Suzanne McClendon said...

This was fun to do! Here's mine:
http://ps-annie.blogspot.com/2016/04/colorful-family-birthplace-chart.html

minkyadu said...

Creating the ancestral birth chart was quite an eyeopener, most of all fun...
https://shelleyskyline.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/sngf-my-ancestral-birth-chart/?iframe=true&preview=true