Saturday, August 8, 2020

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 2nd great-grandparents born?  Divide this number by 70 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 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 any ancestor!

Here's mine:

1)  One of my 3rd great-grandfathers was David Jackson Carringer, born in 1828.  Dividing 1828 by 70 gives me a "Roulette" number of 26 (rounded off).  

2)  Number 26 in my "Ancestor Name List" (i.e., Pedigree Chart) is Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894), who married Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931) in 1861 in Dodge County, Wisconsin.

3)  Three facts about Devier James Lamphier Smith:

*  Devier was born in Jefferson county, New York with a surname of Lamphier/Lanfear, and was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith in about 1840.

*  Devier officially changed his surname from Lamphier to Smith in a Wisconsin State Senate Act in 1866 after his mother died, and his father names him as his "adopted son" in his 1865 will proved in 1873 in Missouri. 

*  Devier patented 160 acres of land in the west half of the southwest quarter and the west half of the northwest quarter of Section 11 of Township 3 south, Range 40 west in Cheyenne County, Kansas.  He also patented 160 acres of land in  the southeast quarter of Section 10 of Township 3 south, Range 40 west in Cheyenne County, Kansas.  This was in the township of Wano.  


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Seeds to Tree said...

I too calculated the number 26, and the name is an ancestor I learned alot about during the last couple of months, when I found his marriage certificate. Carl Gottfried Wilhelm Hertrampf (1824-1879). I recently learned he was born in Mittel Schossdorf, Schlesien, Prussia. He was 20 years older than his wife, Anna Margaretha Gertrudis Koster.

1) At about 25 years old, he left his hometown, and moved to Wilhelmhaven in Oldenburg where he met and married his wife and they raised four children.
2) He was a foreman in charge of building dams, a very good job. His daughter remembers ice skating over to the workers to bring them their pay.
3) He died in Germany when his children were teenagers. His wife remarried, and she and their children (one by one) immigrated to the United States in the 1890's, settling in or near Iowa, farmers.

As a PS, new to me was the names of his parents, brother and two sisters, which I found just a few weeks ago on familysearch after learning his place of birth on the marriage certificate.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine. My number was also 26. However I chose the 26th person in my daughter's tree.

Liz said...

Here's mine:

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's mine - another 26!