Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun- Play Ahnentafel Roulette

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) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 80 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 "ah
nentafel" - 
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 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 a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!  Or pick an ancestor!

Here's mine:

1)  One of my great-grandfathers was Henry Austin Carringer, born in 1853.  Dividing 1853 by 80 gives me a "Roulette" number of 23 (rounded off).  

2)  Number 23 in my "Ancestor Name List" (i.e., Pedigree Chart) is Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), who married Henry White (1824-1885) in 1844 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.

3)  Three facts about Amy Frances Oatley:

*  Amy was born in 1826 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island to Jonathan Oatley and Amy Champlin.  She had 13 siblings.

*  Amy died on 12 November 1864 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, at age 36.

*  Amy had six children with Henry White - Ellen Frances White (1845-1916), Julia E. White (1848-1913), Emily Elizabeth White (1849-1939), Henry J. White (1853-1919), female White (1858-1858), and Frederick J. White (1860-????).

4)  I did!

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Laura Mattingly said...

My first time playing Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! My Great Grandfather Cicero BELL was born in 1869. Divided by 80 is 23 (are they all 23?).
Number 23 in my Ahnentafel list is Henrietta Abigail SMITH who married Charles GAISFORD in Worcester, MA in 1867
3 facts about Henrietta:
- She was born in 1848 to John Potter SMITH and Mary Abigail BLISS in Norwich, Connecticut.
- She was mother to 11 children: Charles (1868-1947), Mary Ann "Maime" (1870-1959), Anna (1871-1943), Emma Jane (1874-1939), Carrie (1876-1899), Ellen (1880-1881), Cora (1882-1971), Nellie (1883-1919), William (1885-1953), Gertrude (1888-1966), Gladys (1890-1986).
- Henrietta died May 23, 1932 at age 83 and is buried in Prairie Home Cemetery, Diller, Nebraska beside her husband of 52 years.
Technically, that's more than 3 facts.

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GeneGinny said...

Thank you, Randy. I needed a break this afternoon. Here's a link to my post:

Carrie Smith said...

Here's mine!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

My contribution is here: It was fun!

Donna Hansen Peterson said...

Thanks for another fun challenge. My post is here

Caitie G said...

Voila! Here's mine -


Dana Leeds said...

Thanks for another great challenge! As always, I uncovered something 'new' while writing up my post!

R R said...

1) I chose my great grandfather Hiram Huffman he was born in 1849. Divide by 80 and rounding off gave me roulette number: 23

2) Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?
NAME: Sintha Miller Thompson
BIRTH: 12 Aug 1859 Tellico Plains, Monroe, TN
MARRIAGE: ca 1886
DEATH: Feb 7 1940 Tellico Plains, Monroe, TN

3) Three Facts
She married Elijah Fields Thompson
She was my 2x great grandmother
She belong to the Turkey Creek Baptist Church

4)Posted in Comments

Lynn said...

This game was rigged! No matter which great-grandfather I choose and divided their birth year by 80, I get 23!

#23 of my ancestors is Catherine BECHETER, my 2x great-grandmother.

Catherine was born on 17 Sep 1816 in Ancerville, Moselle, France to Francois BECHETER and Anne Marie WILLAUME.

She married Francois MOUGIN on 13 Dec 1838 in Ancerville, and they had 2 children in France before emigrating to Vincennes, Indiana by June 1850. One son born in France possibly died enroute to America. There were 2 other daughters born in Indiana in by 1854.

On April Fools Day of 1863 Catherine played an April Fish joke on her neighbor, Joseph ORLEANS (who was married to Catherine's sister-in-law via the marriage of Catherine's brother back in France), by throwing straw at his horses. ORLEANS then sued the MOUGIN family for causing harm to his horses. A court ruling in the court of the Justice of the Peace of Vincennes Township held for the MOUGIN family (many in the jury were French) and ordered ORLEANS to pay the MOUGIN family $24. A second trial the Knox County Court of Common Pleas found for ORLEANS and ordered MOUGIN to pay ORLEANS $20 and $101.50 in costs.

ORLEANS got a warrant out on Francois MOUGIN because the family had sold off their land (on 2 Apr 1863) and were returning to France. Indeed, the MOUGIN family did return to their home in France. Catherine BECHETER signed the parish register of Remilly (nearby Ancerville) as the godmother of her niece's daughter, Marie Anne VACELET (daughter of Jules Alexandre VACELET & Anne Marie MOUGIN), just 19 days after the case was dismissed in Knox County, Indiana.

By 1865 the MOUGIN family had again returned to settle near Vincennes, Indiana, where the daughters of Catherine BECHETER all married and raised families. Catherine BECHETER died on 10 Jan 1891 at Vincennes, Indiana, at the age of 74.

Michael F Harris said...

Eileen said...

My post is here: Thanks for the challenge. Lots of fun!