Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette

(Yes, it's no longer Saturday night, but better late than never.)

This week's fun from Randy Seaver at Genea-musings has several steps:
1. Determine how old your great-grandfather is now or would be. Divide his age by 4, and round to a whole number. This is the ahnentafel roulette number.
2. Use your genealogy software to determine which ancestor the number in step 1 corresponds with.
3. Give three facts about the person
4. Post your findings.
5. "Spin" again if you don't have an ancestor identified who corresponds to the ahnentafel roulette number.

My great-grandfather Gouverneur Cadwalader was born in February 1880. Had he lived, he'd be 131 today. Divide by 4, is 32.75, so I chose to round up to 33.

Using Reunion's ahnentafel report, I find that person 33 is my 3rd great grandmother, Mary Parsons Whitney.

Mary Parsons Whitney was born 6 Nov 1810 in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts to Rev. Peter Whitney, and was baptized 11 Nov 1810 by her father. [1, 2]

She married Richard Cranch Greenleaf 10 Feb 1841 in Quincy, Massachusetts. The couple was married by her father, Rev. Peter Whitney. [2] She had at least two children: a daughter who was born and died in 1843, and a son, Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1845-1913).

Mary P. Whitney Greenleaf died 3 Apr 1889 in Boston, Massachusetts, at age 78 years and 5 months. The cause of death is recorded as "Senile dementia and Old age". [3]


Sources:
[1] Vital Records of Quincy, Massachusetts to 1875. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org (http://www.americanancestors.org), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005), (Unpublished transcription by Waldo C. Sprague from original records held at the Randolph Town Hall, donated from the estate of Mr. Sprague to NEHGS in 1962)

[2] Quincy, MA: Church records, 1762-1870. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org (http://www.americanancestors.org), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005), (Unpublished transcription by Waldo C. Sprague from original records held at the Randolph Town Hall, donated from the estate of Mr. Sprague to NEHGS in 1962)

[3] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: AmericanAncestors.org (http://www.americanancestors.org), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.) Vol. 402, p. 108.

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