Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Spin the Ancestor Roulette Wheel!

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


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

1) What year was one of your great-grandmothers born?  Divide this number by 125 (use a calculator!) 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 to five 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 another great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!

Here's mine:

1)  I picked my great-grandmother, Abbie Ardell (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944).  Her birth year divided by 125 is 14.9, rounded up to 15.

2)  #15 on my Ancestor List is Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952).   She was born in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada on 4 August 1868 to James Abram and Mary Jane (Sovereen) Kemp, and died on 8 November 1952 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  She married Charles Auble (1849-1916) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 19 June 1898.  

3)  Five Facts about my great-grandmother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble:

*  I called her "Nana" - as did my mother.  She was the earliest born person that I remember being with.

*  Georgianna had only one child - my grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977) in Chicago, Illinois where the Charles Auble family resided from 1898 to about 1911.

*  Georgianna and Charles Auble moved to San Diego in about 1911 where Georgianna's brother, James A. Kemp resided.  She resided in San Diego for the last 40 years of her life.

*  Georgianna died by slipping on a rug on 28 October 1952 at 7:30 p.m. at her home (825 Harbor View Place) in San Diego, and fractured her hip.  She was taken to a hospital where she died of acute myocardial failure.

*  Georgianna (Kemp) Auble shared her mitochondrial DNA with her daughter, her granddaughter, and her three great-grandsons.  We are in the K1b2b haplogroup. Unfortunately, it dies out with us, since we have no sisters.

4)  I did it!

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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Fun! Roulette number 15 for all my great grandmothers!

Here's my post.

Yvonne Demoskoff said...

Love your SNGF, Randy!

My post is at

Dandelion said...

Number 15 is Mary Elizabeth Manhart. She was born in 1857 in Pennsylvania. Her parents were George H. Manhart and Anna A. Seasholtz. (The name was originally Su(umaut)ssholtz. When it gets to Pennsylvania it is spelled more ways than you can imagine.
1. I have never been able to find the family in the 1860 census.
2. Her death was very hard to find because she married Jefferson Shock. When you search for the death of “Mary Shock” you find an enormous number of people named Mary whose families and friends were shocked at their demise. She died in Janesville, Wisconsin, was buried in Appleton, Wisconsin, but I found the notice in a paper in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, while looking for something else.
3. She was Pennsylvania Dutch and made very good scrapple. My mother remembered it and was delighted when I found a restaurant in Ohio that served it. (They called it krepples.) She mentioned eating it in her grandmother’s kitchen. Unfortunately I didn’t think to ask where that kitchen was. I still eat scrapple whenever I can find it but since that only happens about every five years I don’t think it will hurt me.

GeneGinny said...

Great challenge, Randy. Here's my response:

mandorac said...

I chose my maternal great-grandmother, Gentel Julia (Doyle) Mayer Brooks, born in 1885. My roulette number, therefore, was 15.08, rounded up to 15. Number 15 on my pedigree chart is my maternal great-grandmother! Five facts about her:

1. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
2. She played piano in a dance hall.
3. She was Catholic.
4. She had seven children.
5. She was the youngest sibling in her family.

Great fun!

Anonymous said...

Thanks,Randy, for the Saturday Night assignment!
1. Great grandmother Mary Hodges was born in 1841; dividing 1841 by 125 and rounding up is 15, like yours, Randy.
2. I don't quite understand "ahnentafel" but #15 on my Family Tree chart is another great grandmother, Anna Youngreen Kietzman. Anna was born 1n 1859 in Canada to George and Louisa Pries Youngreen, and died on June 20, (the date would become my birthday five years later, in 1943) in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1938. Anna married Carl Friedreich Wilhelm "William" Kietzman on March 14, 1880.
3. Five facts:
• Anna and William owned a shoe store in Topeka, Kansas, located near the current location of the State Capitol Building.
• Anna was widowed in 1901 when her three children were 19 (Harry William), 13 (Alma), and 10. The 10-year old is my grandmother, Wilhelmina.
• Anna was "Head of the Family" in the 1910 Census. Harry worked in the shoe, and now clothing, store.
• Anna lived with Wilhelmina "Minnie" and her family after Minnie married Homer Shelden in 1914.
• My mother, Minnie's oldest daughter, remembers her "Old German Grandmother Kietzman" as being "very thrifty." Her motto: Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Do without. (Worth considering!)
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