Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Birthday and Anniversary Calendars

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Do you know which of your ancestors were born on your birthday?  Or married on your anniversary?  

2)  Use your genealogy software program to find out who was born on your birthday, or married on your wedding anniversary.  

3)  Tell us how you determined this.  Write it in your own blog post, or in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

4)  NOTE:  If you have no one born on your birthday or married on your anniversary, do it for one of your parents or for all of the children of your ancestors.  

Here's mine:

1.  Here are my charts created using RootsMagic:

a)  October birthdays for ancestors (up to 13 generations):

With over 2,000 ancestors in my genealogy database, you would think that there would be someone other than myself born on October 23rd.  Or someone born on on October 21, 24 and 25! The average number should be 6 or 7 for 2,000 persons.  Oh well...

b)  March Anniversaries (13 generations):

March 21 has only one other ancestral couple married on that date - Michael Metcalf and Lydia White (7th great-grandparents, in 1705 in Mendon, Mass.).

c)  October birthdays for Relatives (13 generations, children of ancestors):

This chart shows 8 persons born on 23 October.  There are 4 additional names on the "overflow" pages.  So 12 out of about 7,500 ancestral families children.  The average should be about 20 for 7,500 persons.

2)  I did these charts using RootsMagic 6, in Reports > Calendar, then selected 13 generations of Ancestors Only using myself as the key person.  When the chart was created, I used the Windows Snipping Tool to capture the chart, saved it to a file, and then uploaded the file to Blogger.

3)  I just did!

I will be interested to see how other software programs do this task.  

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Geolover said...

In RootsMagic when the chart is generated there is also a series of pages with chronological lists. The chart does not always show all the persons born on a given date -- depending on the size of the database.

In my 10K database 21 persons were born on my birthday (only 8 listed in the chart), but only 2 ancestors.

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