Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How many ancestors did you "meet"

It's Saturday Night, time for some Genealogy Fun! Even though I'm on vacation, I don't want you to miss having some genealogy fun even if I'm away from home having fun in my "real" life.

Here is your challenge for tonight (or whenever you read this):

1) Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them).

2) Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.

Here is my list:

* Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), my mother, resided in San Diego CA her whole life.

* Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), my father, resided in Leominster, MA until 1940 and then in San Diego until his death.

* Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), my mother's father, who resided in San Diego his whole life.

* Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), my mother's mother, who resided in Chicago, Illinois until about 1911, then in San Diego until her death.

* Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952), my great-grandmother (mother of Emily, grandmother of Betty), who resided in Norfolk County, Ontario until she went to Chicago, IL in the 1890s, and then to San Diego in about 1911.

* Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), my great-grandfather (father of Lyle, grandfather of Betty). He was born in Mercer County, PA, moved to Louisa County IA in the 1860's, then to Boulder County CO in the 1870's, and then to San Diego in 1887, and he lived out his life there.

* Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), my great-grandmother (mother of Lyle, grandmother of Betty). She was born in Dodge County WI, lived in Taylor County IA, Andrew County MO, Clay and Pottawatomie Counties KS, Red Willow County BE, and came to San Diego in 1887.

* Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1883-1963), my grandmother (mother of my father, Fred). She was born in Windham County CT, resided in Leominster MA from about 1890 to her death in 1963. I only met her once - in 1958 when she came to visit our family in San Diego.

My paternal grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), died just before my birth year of 1943.

So, I "met" eight of my ancestors. That's probably a very low number. Who will have the highest number? It wouldn't surprise me if someone comes up with 15 or 20 ancestors that they have "met."

PS - would someone please tweet this on Twitter for me? Thanks!


Diana Ritchie said...

Thanks for making sure we had SNGF while you were on vacation. Here's my contribution at Random Relatives

Lori Thornton said...

Here's mine at Smoky Mountain Family Historian.

Anonymous said...

My submission is at Gtownma's Genealogy. This was alot of fun remembering my grandparents. Thanks..

GeneaDiva said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane tonight. Hope you enjoy your genealogy trip.

I posted at

GrannyPam said...

Mine is here:

Greta Koehl said...

My short list is at

Carol said...

My list is here:

As always, I write, I search, I question, I learn something along the way.

Thanks for SNGF assignments.

Renate Yarborough Sanders said...

Here's my response!

BeNotForgot said...

Thanks for another fun Saturday night, Randy. My list (plus photos) is posted at V.

Anonymous said...

Here's my post

Tracy said...

I have six, but I'm lucky enough that four of them are still living, so there isn't much to say about them.

Martin said...

15 to 20? Are you kidding? 2 parents; 4 grandparents; 8 great-grandparents. Even if all were living, that would only be 14, so any more would mean that great-great-grandparents were alive. That is a very rare occurrence. Either you have the eldest of the eldest of the eldest, or more common, you are white trash, let's go to the double wide and fry something. I'm the eldest child of two eldest children and I only have 7 (all grandparents; one great-grandparent). My husband is the same with 7.