Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Porch Railing

Another photo from my Grand Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday Night Fun Days Old?

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Do you know how many days you have lived?  How many hours?  How many minutes?  How many seconds?  

2)  For this challenge - do some calculating.  Figure out how many days you've lived, how many hours, how many minutes, how many seconds (you can round off to account for the time you were born on your birth date - do you know it?).   Tell us your birth date, birth time (if you know it), and then calculate your time alive up until your birth time today.

NOTE:  If math befuddles you, use the Age Calculator at http://www-users.med.cornell.edu/~spon/picu/calc/agecalc.htm

3)  What does all of this mean to you?  Think about that marvelous "machine" inside your chest beating in rhythm.  Share your thoughts!  

Well since I turned 65 June 14, 2013 I am 23,876 days old, or 573,024 hours old, or 34,381,440 minutes old. The Seconds overran my little calculator so I rounded off to 206,280,000 seconds. So I guess my heart has beat about 206 million times, and if I live as long as my dad I have another 35 years to go or another 100+ million heart beats. Glad I got his genes as all the tests for my heart health say my heart is still young.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Snow

Another photo from my Great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saturday Night Fun Calendar Fun

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Do you know which of your ancestors were born on your birthday?  Or married on your anniversary?  

2)  Use your genealogy software program to find out who was born on your birthday, or married on your wedding anniversary.  

3)  Tell us how you determined this.  Write it in your own blog post, or in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

4)  NOTE:  If you have no one born on your birthday or married on your anniversary, do it for one of your parents or for all of the children of your ancestors.  

  1. Well non of my ancestors were born on my birthday, but 4 second cousins were: Brandon Gay, Pamela Klimek, Kathy Lindgren and Fred Stanfield
  2. Since I am not married I was looking on the expanded sheet and for June 21 5 aniversaries:
  • 445 years ago Thomas and Julian Tilden Fynche a collateral line
  • 87 years ago Arthur and May Moore Anders, parents of Clayborn Anders
  • 86 years ago Fred and Frances Hansen Woltermann, parents of Dorothy Woltermann and my aunt
  • 58 years ago Clayborn and Dorothy Woltermann Anders 
  • 17 years ago Paul and Jennifer Peak Anders, son of Clay and Dorothy Ander
      3.  I printed the June 2013 calendar page with everyone in my Ancestral Quest file 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Sit on Stump

Another photo from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Genealogy Roadshow Survey Episode 4

Well the survey of episode 4 was almost the same as previous episodes, but this one added a new question after question #3.
How Likely are you to watch future rebroadcasts of Genealogy Roadshow?  So it sounds like they might show this series again.

Ok so did I like the show?  Yes, could they have showed more of the research?  Yes, but that would probably have lost most non genealogists, this show was entertainment, not a show on how to find your Mayflower ancestors.
I learned something on each show I did not know before, and so I hope others did also.

They are asking for more people to send them queries to research, so does that mean a second season is coming? Lets hope so. I do hope my participation in these surveys helps them decide.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday Night Fun Henry Numbers

1)  Do you know what a "Henry Number" is?  It is a descendant numbering system from a specific person.  The Wikipedia article for Genealogical Numbering Systems describes it as:

"The Henry System is a descending system created by Reginald Buchanan Henry for a genealogy of the families of the presidents of the United States that he wrote in 1935.[3] It can be organized either by generation or not. The system begins with 1. The oldest child becomes 11, the next child is 12, and so on. The oldest child of 11 is 111, the next 112, and so on. The system allows one to derive an ancestor's relationship based on their number. For example, 621 is the first child of 62, who is the second child of 6, who is the sixth child of his parents.  In the Henry System, when there are more than nine children, X is used for the 10th child, A is used for the 11th child, B is used for the 12th child, and so on. In the Modified Henry System, when there are more than nine children, numbers greater than nine are placed in parentheses."

2)  Go to your first known ancestor with your birth surname and calculate your Henry Number from that person.  Show each generation of your line of ancestors with your birth surname with their Henry numbers.

3)  How did you calculate the Henry numbers?  What do these numbers tell you?

Well this will be short as my grandfather is the first person with my birth surname since he was born in Denmark and the patronymics change the surname each generation.

1     Anton Hansen
14   Claude Hansen
142 Charles Hansen  (me)

Did not have to calculate, just filled in the numbers. The first two children of my dad's generation were girls, and my sister was the oldest in my family. Actually I am the only male grandchild of my grandfather Anton and I am the youngest.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Surrender?

Another photo from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Genealogy Roadshow Survey Episode 3

This weeks survey asked the same questions as last weeks survey so I won't bore you with the same questions. They did scramble the order of the questions.
So is this a good show?
How do they get so much research done in 50 minutes?
I do wish they would show more of the research, but I am pretty sure they are targeting non genealogists hoping to get more people interested in genealogy or family history.
I did like the episode on the walking stick, and not the one on finding Ben Franklin as an ancestor. Too many people just look for a famous ancestor, and pass up all the ordinary farmers or other working people.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Railroad Bridge

Two photos from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Genealogy Roadshow Survey Episode 2

Genealogy Roadshow PBS Survey for week 2 from Detroit, Michigan.

  1. Which city was this episode based?  Detroit, San Francisco, Boston, Milwaukee, Austin, Nashville
  2. Rate this episode.
  3. How likely are you to watch future episodes?
  4. What did you like about this episode?
  5. What did you dis-like about this episode?
  6. Pace of program?  Too fast, too slow, just right
  7. Were main stories too long, too short, just right
  8. Were the number of stories? just enough, too many, too few
  9. How did you like the environment this episode was filmed?  City of Detroit or outdoor setting
  10. Did you feel like the stories were particular to the region?
  11. Did you like that the stories focused on everyday people?
  12. Did you like the historical segments focused on cities and places which the episode was filmed?
  13. Were you able to follow the information "Spoken" by the experts?
  14. Did you like the secondary stories interspersed in the episode?
  15. Did you like the stories more when the genealogist presented participants with a surprise guest/relative?
  16. Were the family tree graphics easy to read?
  17. As a result of watching last weeks show, have you worked on your family history in the past week?
  18. Do you plan to fo to a genealogical website as a result of watching the show?
  19. Did the show inspire you to do genealogical research?
  20. Would you apply to have your family history researched by the show?
  21. Have you done genealogical research on your own?
  22. Did you learn something new about history while watching?
  23. Rate  Josh, Kenyatta and Emmett
  24. Rate each of the segments of this episode
  25. How important is the audience?
  26. How important is the technological devices?
  27. Rate the music 
  28. Rate the amount of information provided
  29. Rate the idea for the program
  30. Rate the interaction between the research team and subjects
  31. Rate the title of Genealogy Roadshow
  32. Rate the narration delivered during the program and the voice delivering that content
  33. How do the following impact your future decision to watch the show?
           Like PBS
           Interest in genealogy
           Love of History      
           Related to someone mentioned on the show
           Filmed in your hometown or state


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