Ahnentafel Roulette!

This week’s Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission is ‘Ahnentafel Roulette.’

This mission has three steps:

  1. Figure out how old your great-grandfather, or other ancestor, would he be if he had lived. Then, divide this number by 4 and round the answer 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 ahnentafel. Who is that person?
  3. Tell three facts about that person with the “roulette number.” 

I chose my maternal great-great-grandfather, Frank Elbert for this mission because the numbers worked out. He was born in 1851, so he would be 160 years old if he were still alive today. I then divided 160 by 4, and got 40 as the ancestor ahnentafel number to look for.

My ancestor with ahnentafel number 40 is Robert Crist, who is my paternal 3rd great-grandfather.

Three facts about Robert Crist are:

  • He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 29 Nov 1825, but moved with his family to West Twp,. in Ohio, at the tender age of 2.
  • As a youth, he taught in one of the old log schoolhouses in the community, but farmed in his later years.
  • He married Mary Ruff on 1 July 1850, and they had 10 children together.

Why don’t you spin the ahnentafel roulette wheel yourself?  You might get a nice genealogy surprise.


Footnote Changes Name to Fold3

In a surprise announcement on their blog, Footnote has changed it’s name to Fold3.  It will now focus on military records, but will not remove current content that is not related to military records.  See their blog post at http://blog.fold3.com/footnote-is-now-fold3/ for more details.


Happy Belated Blogoversary To Me!

October 12 was the 4th anniversary of Illuminated Ancestries blog.  Thank you to all my readers, followers, and subscribers!  It has been great fun, and I’m looking forward to my next year of blogging.

Carol Genung


National Archives Celebrates African-American History Month in February

The following announcement was written by the U.S. National Archives and records Administration:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 — The National Archives will celebrate African-American History Month in February with special films, public programs, book talks, and lectures, including a special event on the legacy of John Hope Franklin. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., and at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Click here to read more and see the details of other related events.

The preceding article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Other Interests

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings  posts a blogging challenge every Saturday night that he calls “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.”  This week, he writes:

“It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

* Tell us about your “other” hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.”

So, I have decided to accept this week’s mission. Hmm, hobbies that aren’t genealogy, yeah I guess I might have some of those.  😉

My biggest interest is spending time with my family.  I know, cliche, but it is true.

Then there is my interest in computers, which has morphed over the years.  I was a computer science major in college, and have spent most of my career in IT support.  Now, I love doing web design and development.

I also love reading – anything from magazines to novels to historical nonfiction and more.

Speaking of history, my family and I do Civil War re-enacting.  We dress in clothing from the period, do activities from the era, and the men fight a re-enacted battle.  We even camp in the style of the period.

We also go camping in our RV.  There’s nothing better than food cooked over the camp fire.  And, of course, we have to make S’mores every night.  We even bring our cat and dog with us.

I also love crafts, but I don’t have much time for them any more.  I do cross stitch, needlepoint, crochet, scrapbooking, and many more.

I love to travel, and wish I could do it more often.   We have been on three Caribbean cruises; one of which was just my husband and I, to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  We have been to Disney World many times, and to Washington D.C. for a weekend.  But, the kids still consider our 2-week trip driving out west to be our best vacation.  We went to Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Black Hills, Custer State Park, the Grand Tetons, Deadwood (an old west town, complete with a shoot-out), and a few other places that escape my mind right now.  We did have a fabulous time, and the kids didn’t fight at all.

Well, I do have some other interests and hobbies, but I need to leave something to talk about later, so I’ll end here.  As you can see, I’m never bored!