Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Three Questions

Hey genealogy buffs, it's Saturday Night - time for some Genealogy Fun!  Besides what's happening in Salt Lake City tonight at Dick Eastman's Genealogy Jeopardy dinner. 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Check out the Tpstry blog at and watch one or more of their "Three Questions" interviews.  They are making those at the RootsTech Conference in SLC.

2)  For SNGF, answer these three questions:

*  Has you grandmother ever ridden a roller-coaster?

*  What is your grandfather's "dream car?"

*  Who was your mother's prom date?

3)  Tell us about it on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a status report on Facebook.

Here's mine (such as they are):

*  I sincerely doubt that either of my grandmothers ever rode a roller-coaster.  My Massachusetts grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) was a widow after 1942, and my impression is that she never went anywhere near an amusement park.  On the other hand, one of her daughters lived in Salem, New Hampshire near Canobie Lake which had an amusement park of sorts.  So maybe she did - I'll have to ask my cousin who would know.

My maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), was very prim and proper, and my impression is that she was not very adventurous.  On the other hand, I know that San Diego had the Belmont Park amusement park and she might have ridden something there.  I remember going to Disneyland with my grandparents in the 1950s, but I doubt that she rode anything besides the Fantasyland rides.

*  My paternal grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), did not like to drive, although he did.  My guess is that he never thought about a "dream car."

My maternal grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), loved to drive, and they always had a fairly new car, starting with a Model T Ford in the 1920 time frame.  I remember a Hudson from the early 1950s fairly well, but can't recall the year or the color.  But a "dream car?"  I have no idea - I'm going to say an Oldsmobile.

*  My mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002) graduated from San Diego High School in 1936.  I don't know the names of her friends or boyfriends, so I'm clueless as to who her prom date was, or if she went to the prom.  I know that it wasn't my father, who came to San Diego in December 1940.

It seems to me that the Tpstry set of questions about family are geared to the generations after the Boomers - whose parents are probably still alive and can be consulted for answers.


BDM said...

Alas, I flunk all three. And too late to ask them. Ooooh, maybe number three. Maternal grandpa never had a car and enjoyed walking everywhere (small town). Paternal grandpa was a carriage maker by trade and that segued into automobiles. Deceased before I was born, he didn't leave any photos of business!

M. Diane Rogers said...

Late answering but I was off having Saturday night fun far from home.
1. If my Na had ever been on a rollercoaster, she'd have made sure we knew about it. And if my paternal grandmum had been on one, I'm certain my Dad would have said as it wouldn't be 'in character'. (Not for me either.)
2. I bet my maternal grandpa would have liked a brand new McLaughlin, but I don't think he ever got one. (His father in law - my ggrandpa - did though.) I don't think my paternal grandpa had a vehicle, but I think he likely did know how to drive. No one left to ask about that.
3. No prom for my Mum - she went to a private girl's school in Manitoba. Or me either. I went to high school 'grad' though and yes, there was a grad dance. Never heard of a prom here in British Columbia in my day except in books about the US.

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