Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ahnentafel Roulette

Randy over at Genea-Musings has his Saturday night challenge up.  Here are the instructions:
  1. How old is your father 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."
  2. Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ahnentafel. Who is that person?
  3. Tell us three facts about that person with the "roulette number."
  4. Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.
  5. If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then spin the wheel again - pick your mother, or yourself, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!
My Ahnentafel Roulette: My father was born in 1957, making him 52 years old. I broke out my trusty calculator and determined that my Ahnentafel Roulette number for tonight is 13. Person No. 13 on my Ahnentafel charts is my great grandma, Ruby M Dyer Miller. She is my paternal grandfather's mother.

Ruby M. Dyer (1895-1990)

  1. Ruby is the daughter of John Franklin "Johnny F" Dyer and Estella Haskins.
  2. She married my great grandfather in 1915 in McGregor, Iowa. I have a photo from their wedding day. (see above)
  3. I was lucky enough to meet her as a child. She died in 1990 and I helped clean out her house. As we were cleaning I expressed my love of her "hair pin" dish. It was packed up with the rest of her belongings and that was that. Jump forward to July 2008 when I got married. Shortly after our wedding I received a package from a cousin in Texas that I hadn't talked to since that day in 1990. I opened the unexpected package to find that she had given me Grandma Ruby's hair pin dish as a wedding gift! (see above)


  1. Great post!Your cousin did a wonderful thing gifting you with that dish,a treasure for sure!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I gave this a try: my Dad would have been 92. That gave me 23, my paternal great-great-grandmother, Eva. I know very little about Eva, but here are several facts I have gleaned from census data:

    1. She was born in 1825/26 in Alsace-Lorraine and died in 1893 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

    2. Her husband, Jacob Boyer, was likewise born in France. By 1860, they were married and living in Pennsylvania with four sons, the eldest of whom was born in France. Their second son was born in Pennsylvania about 1852. They would have emigrated from France between 1850 and 1852.

    3. Her daughter Christina (born in July of 1862) was my paternal grandmother's mother. I have a photo of Christina's family circa 1910: