Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday Night Fun Ancestor Chart

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) My friend and colleague J. Paul Hawthorne started this on Facebook, and many geneabloggers have already done it.

2)  The challenge is to create a five or six generation ancestor chart that shows your ancestor's birthplaces.  You can download Paul's sample chart (an Excel spreadsheet) available at :  Pat Richley-Erickson created another spreadsheet (5 or 6 generations), available at:

3)  These are spreadsheets (use Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice or Google Sheets or similar), so you will have to enter text in the cells and then use the background and font color features to make it correct and look colorful.  You could make your own in some other program also. 

4)  Use your genealogy program to figure out which state or country your ancestors came from, then enter the data into the correct cell.  Make an image of your spreadsheet - I used the Windows Snipping Tool, and saved the image as a .jpg file.  You could make a screen capture of your spreadsheet and save it as an image also.

5)  Share your Ancestral birthplace Chart with the genealogy world on your own blog 

Been a while since I did a Saturday night Fun post, so here is my ancestors birthplace spreadsheet.

 Although my dad was born in Minnesota, his family moved to Montana when he was three years old and he had no recollection of Minnesota. He grew up in Montana and moved to North Idaho after he was full grown.
My mom had a similar experience as she was about four when her parents left Missouri and settled in Spokane where she grew up.


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