Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!

Wee! Here was the mission:
1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 100 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 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!

No matter which great-grandfather I picked, I ended up with the same result, 19 so I'm settling on Ole E. Simpson, my mother's grandfather. He was born in in 1880 in North Branch, Jewell Co. Kansas and died Mar 21 1946 in Des Moines, Polk Co Iowa.  He was a Latherer by trade (installed lath, small strips of wood that made the walls back then).

The number 19 comes back to my cousin Carol Jae (Heggen) Patterson.

Carol is a couple years younger than me.  I always remember her as the straight woman for her older sister's jokes.  She has 5 beautiful children. Most of those have given her beautiful grandchildren.  Carol and her husband Joe follow in the time honored tradition of being farmers.  They work hard at both the farm and in their family showing their love for each other.  Carol is not on the computer much.  As far as I know, she doesn't use facebook, twitter or anything other than email. She uses email rarely. She is a rare breed.  2 of her 3 daughters are very active on facebook and if it wasn't for them, I would have no clue as to what was going on in this branch of the family. The boy's have their wives who do the posting. It is a fun branch having little ones in it.

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