Saturday, June 29, 2019

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Ellen's Questions - Part I

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)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her blog this week - see 
Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You (posted 27 June). 

2)  We will do these five at a time - Questions 1 to 5 tonight.

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

Here's mine:

1.  Which ancestor had the most children? It can be a couple or a single person.

The one I know best about is 4th great-grandfather Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who had 17 children by two wives.  Nine were by Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793), and eight by Abigail Hart (1769-1846).

2.  How many years have you been working on your genealogy/family history?

I started in early 1988, so I'm in my 32nd year of genealogy and family history research.  I quickly found the microfilms at the San Diego Family History Library and went every Saturday, often ordering 4-5 films each week and reading them (and copying pages on the microfilm reader printers) to stay up to speed.  I learned very quickly and got my tree started and it has never stopped growing. 

3.  Do you collaborate with other genealogists on your family history?

Early on there was a lot of collaboration on the Prodigy genealogy surname and locality message boards.  It was helpful because the locals knew the records and often would go to a repository or a cemetery to find records for me.  I tried to return the favors by supporting them based on my research knowledge and records.  I was also active on the RootsWeb message boards in the 1997-2005 time frame.  

These days, there is not much collaboration on message boards or social media.  I do get at least one (and sometimes more) emails about Seaver persons who see my online family trees and blog posts, and try to provide an ancestors report in response.  

4.  Have you hired a professional genealogist to work on your family history? Even if it was just a small branch of the family.

No, I have not actually hired someone to work on my family history.  I have paid for record lookups, and have had help from other researchers who had access to more or different records than I had.

5.  If you have family heirlooms what’s your plan for their future? 

I have some family heirlooms, and have two daughters, neither of whom are that interested in them.   I hope to interest them, or their children, in the heirlooms and records.  I have digitized most of the records, but the heirlooms (a wedding dress, photo albums, artwork, etc.) I don't know about.  I'm sure my mother's artwork will find homes with my daughters and their children.  


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

These are interesting questions.

Janice M. Sellers said...

Looking forward to the next set of questions!

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Lacie Madison said...

I liked the questions.
Here is my post

Linda Stufflebean said...

I love these questions. Here is my Part 1.

Seeds to Tree said...

Great questions and answers. Here's my contribution: