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) Have you ever wondered what the weather was like on the day you were born? Was it a bright, sunny day, or a wet and windy dreary day?
2) Go to the website http://weather.sumofus.org/ and follow the directions. Put in your birthdate and birthplace and find out what the weather was on that day. [Note that it only goes back to 1901.]
3) For extra credit :), find out the weather when your parents and your spouse(s) were born.
4) Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on social media. Please leave a link on this post so we can see what you found.
The website came up with 15oC on the day I was born – since I was born in December in Australia, I seriously doubt it would have been that cold, so I decided to check old newspapers to see what the weather actually was.
I have a subscription to Newspapers.com, but not to the Publisher Extra papers, which include The Age. Ancestry.com has some pages from The Age in their Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1841-2001 collection, but the pages for my birthday, and the day before and after my birthday, didn’t include the weather. I did notice the weather was on the first page I looked at in the series 1962 Dec 1 – Dec 31, which was image 2 of 29. The following is from The Age, 1 December 1962, page 8.
The weather was fine and hot in most of Victoria during Friday, with many places recording above 100 degrees …. The maximum temperature in the city of 98.9 was the highest recorded in November since 1954.
I then used the website to find the weather for the day dad was born, 21 January 1923.
Since Dad was born on a Sunday, there was no paper for that day, so I used the paper from 22 January 1923
Mum was born 11 June 1922.
Mum was also born on a Sunday, so I used the paper from 12 June 1922.
I found that the website doesn’t seem to be very accurate, at least not for Australia, so I think in future I’ll use old newspapers when I want to know what the weather was.