Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Play Ahnentafel Roulette

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) What year was one of your 2nd great-grandparents born?  Divide this number by 70 and round the number 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 ancestral name list (some people call it an “ahnentafel” – your software will create this – use the “Ahnentafel List” option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the “roulette number.”

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook post, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) NOTE:  If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then “spin” the wheel again – pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!  Or pick any ancestor!

Here’s mine:

I chose my 2x great grandfather Joseph Whimpey, who was born in 1817.   1817/70 is 25.95. The question now is whether to round up to 26, or down to 25?   

I have written about 25 Martha Richardson in a previous mission, so I chose to round it up to 26, which is my 2x great grandfather, William John Reeves.

Three facts about William are:

William John Reeves was born in East Stonehouse, Devon, England, and baptised there on 24 Aug 1828.  His parents were William Reeves and Maria Crook.  He was the eldest of 8 children.

William immigrated to Australia, arriving in New South Wales on 12 Jun 1849 on the “Emma Eugenie”.  The passenger lists show the following for him: Reeves William J, male, 21, Plasterer, Stonehouse Devon England, William & Maria living in Somerset, able to both read & write

By 1858, he had moved to Amherst in Victoria, probably to follow the gold rush, as his occupation at the time of his marriage to Mary Gill on 3 Aug 1858 was miner.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Play Ahnentafel Roulette

  1. It would be fun to research someone in the gold rush. Have you been able to find out whether William made any serious attempts at striking it rich?


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