Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogical Fun Great Grandmother Roulette

1) What year was one of your great-grandmothers born?  Divide this number by 125 (use a calculator!) 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 to five facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

Well I picked Dona Vanderpool born in 1873/125= 14.984. Actually all my great grandmothers gave me #14 plus a fraction and rounded up all would be 15, but I dropped the excess and got #14.
Number 14 is Orville Travis, husband of Dona Vanderpool his first wife. Together they had 7 children and there are some big gaps between babies so maybe they had a few die young. Soon after child #7 Dona died and Orville married Bessie Keith. Orville and Bessie had 10 children, so Orville had 17 kids by his two wives. Orville was born in Lawrence county, Illinois September 18, 1864. My grandmother Cleo was baby number 2 of 17 and the last baby was born 33 years after Cleo was born.

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