Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week, the mission was:
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 : http://bit.ly/1RjfZEZ. Pat Richley-Erickson created another spreadsheet (5 or 6 generations), available at: http://bit.ly/5n6GenBirth.
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 post or on Facebook or on Google+.
Although I already did a 5 generation chart for my ancestors, and my husband’s ancestors, I decided to expand the charts to 6 generations.
This is mine:
And this is my ex-husband’s
My dad had 2 daughters to his first marriage. I decided to do one for them as well – this is only 5 generations, as I haven’t researched their mother’s side as thoroughly as my own.