Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – The Games Your Family Played

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’s mission was:

1)  Think about the games that your whole family would play when you were a child.

2)  Tell us about one (or more) of them – what was it called, what were the rules (as you remember them), who played the game, where did you play the game, who usually won?

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.

As a family, we played a few board games – Monopoly, Scrabble, Snakes and Ladders (here in Australia we have snakes instead of chutes), Chinese Checkers and Draughts (Checkers).

We also played a few card games. The main ones I remember are 500, Rummy and Gin Rummy. The game we played the most I think was Rummy.  My memory of the rules of the games is a bit fuzzy, since I haven’t played any of them in years, so I turned to Google.

The rules for 500 were found at The rules for Rummy I found at I found the rules for Gin Rummy at

We usually played these games during the summer holidays, when we were at the caravan park at Kilcunda and it was too wet to be outside.  Since I was the youngest, by the time I was a teenager I ran out of people to play with, as my sisters left home.  I was a cry baby as a kid, and would get upset when I didn’t win.

One thought on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – The Games Your Family Played

  1. Fun games to play, especially while on vacation. I laughed at your last sentence. 🙂 Winning was really important when we were little, wasn’t it?


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