Saturday, January 15, 2011

SNGF: Ancestral Name List Roulette

It's Saturday night and time for Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

My paternal grandfather, Benford Maurice TRAHAN, would be 75 years old today if he was still alive. If I divide this by four, I get 18.75, which rounds to 19.

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"). Who is that person?

This person is my great-great-grandmother, Marie Alice SONNIER. She is actually the maternal grandmother of my grandfather above.

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

1) Marie was born 7 Sep 1891 in Carencro, Lafayette, Louisiana to Numa SONNIER and Edmonia DOMINGUE.
2) Marie spoke French all of her life and never learned English.
3) Marie lived her later years in a little one-room house behind the house of my great-grandparents on Nelson Street in Vinton, Louisiana, just around the corner from where I grew up. I never met Marie because she died 11 years before I was born, but I always thought her little one-room house was the perfect playhouse when I was a kid.

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