Wednesday Night Genealogy Fun – Ancestral Gravestones

Randy over at Genea-Musings posed this challenge on Saturday 15 July 2017.  Since I am behind, it is my Wednesday night fun!

For this week’s mission, I challenge you to:

Determine what is your longest unbroken line of ancestral gravestones – how many generations can you go back in time? I can go back to my 5x-great Grandparents (I’ve seen them all!  Do you have photographs of them? Yep!  I’m using the Find A Grave pictures, some of which I took.

  1. Grandmother Helen May Fetherkile Vernak  (1906-1993)  in Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Iowa. (photo taken by me)

    Helen May <i>Fetherkile</i> Vernak

  2. Great Grandparents Harry Cecil Fetherkile (1884-1980) and Lottie Maud Smith Fetherkile (1887-1926) both in Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Iowa (photos taken by me)

    Harry Cecil Fetherkile
    Lottie Maud <i>Smith</i> Fetherkile

  3. 2x Great Grandparents Andrew Holt Smith (1854-1914) and Katherine May Burrell Smith (1859-1942) in Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Iowa (photos taken by me)
    Andrew Holt Smith
    Andrew Holt Smith
    Kate May <i>Burrell</i> Smith
  4. 3x-Great-Grandparents Marcus Lafayette Smith (1824-1902) and Caroline L. Fox Smith (1830-1903) in Pinewood Cemetery, Daytona Beach, FL

    Marcus L Smith

  5. 4x-Great Grandparents Thomas Lester Fox (1794-1865) and Elizabeth Christophers Holt Fox (1796-1883) in East Neck Cemetery, Waterford, CT

    Thomas L Fox

  6. 5x-Great Grandparents Deacon Samuel Fox (1762-1848) and Esther Lester Fox (1766-1867) in East Neck Cemetery, Waterford, CT

    Deacon Samuel Fox

Esther <i>Lester</i> Fox
AND 5x-Great-Grandparents Ebenezer Holt (1760-1835) and Elizabeth Christophers Holt (1764-1851)  in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, CT

Ebenezer Holt

Ebenezer Holt

Elizabeth <i>Christophers</i> Holt

Saturday Genealogy Fun – Birth Day Edition

Finally getting caught up on some “old” Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Posts!  Thank you Genea-Musings for the great ideas!!   My answers are in RED below!

My tree has 20,078 people.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Who in Your Database Has Your Birth Day?

Hey genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again,  time for more Genealogy Fun!
Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Are there persons in your genealogy database that has the same exact birth date that you do?  If so, tell us about him or her – what do you know, and how is s/he related to you?  No one has my exact birth date (Nov. 11, 19xx)

2)  Are there persons in your database that are your ancestors that share your birth day (but not the year)?   How many, and who are they?  I have one direct ancestor with the same birth date – my great-great-grandfather Adam Alexander Fetherkile.  He was born Nov. 11, 1852 and died Dec. 22, 1937.

3)  Are there other persons in your database that share your birth day (but not the year)?  How many, and who are they?  Including myself and Grandpa, there are 37 people with the birth date Nov. 11.  26 are relatives by blood and 10 are “unrelated”. For the sake of privacy, names of the living are not included.

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4)  For bonus points, how did you determine this?  What feature or process did you use in your software to work this problem out?  I think the Calendar feature probably does it, but perhaps you have a trick to make this work outside of the Calendar function.  I use Family Tree Maker 2014.1  

Here are the steps:  open tree; click Publish; click Person Reports; click List of Individuals Report; click Create Report;  when the next screen shows up, click sort by month/date (which automatically defaults to birthdate) and be sure that “all individuals”;  click generate report again;  scroll to the desired date.

 

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – A Family’s Increase

Idea courtesy of Genea-Musings:

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — A Family’s Increase

Hey genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again, time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Pick one of your sets of great-grandparents – if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don’t use last names of living people for this – respect their privacy.

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.

1) So I tweaked it a little and did all my great-grandparents and hubby’s maternal great-grandparents and his paternal grandparents:

Harry Fetherkile (1884-1980) and Lottie Smith (1887-1926)
William Gott (1880-1944) and Mary Squires (1891-1974) – I only included the issue from this relationship, not their other marriages and children.
August Peterson (1868-1950) and Anna Simonson (1880-1963)
John Vernak ?? and Mary ?? Not sure about these names – multiple posts issues!

Christian Petersen (1874-1953) and Jennie Mattson (1878-1925)
Alfred Farley (1874-1962) and Lurena Hill (1881-1965)
Marko Matulic (1890-1979) and Marga Gospodnetic (1896-1974)

2) I made a Descendants List report in Family Tree 2014.1.  Then I counted for each generation.  I made a spreadsheet using Google Sheets to keep track of the info.

3) Their descendants, that I am aware of, by generation:

4) So the increase is at least 14 persons and up to 61 for each line, and probably more.  There are some who may have reproduced since the last family update.  There are branches, because of location and drama, that are incomplete.

Of the 120ish descendants for my side, 94 are still alive!!  I have met/known 95 of the descendants from my great-grandparents.  Most of those I have not met live in another area of the country and are of a later generation.  My Vernak line is also questionable – I’ll leave the details to a future post!

On hubby’s side, there are about 126 descendants with 109 still alive.  He has met/known 77 of his great-grandparents/grandparents descendants.  His paternal grandparents were immigrants and we, at this time, don’t know how many siblings they had, how many descendants are still living in Croatia.  We know of one small incomplete branch but that is it.

Interesting exercise – I realize I need to reach out to living relatives.

 

Genealogy Fun – Three Degrees of Separation

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Three Degrees of Separation idea by Randy Seaver at Geneamusings.com

This is actually my Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun!  This was an easy activity to determine how far back in time can you go with three degrees of separation.  That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor.”

So for Her:

– She met her maternal great-grandfather Harry Cecil Fetherkile (1884-1980) in the early 70’s.  Her family would travel most summers and visit Grandpa Fetherkile until his death.
– Grandpa F. lived in the same small Iowa town his entire life and knew his paternal grandfather Adam Henry Fetherkile (1812-1896) who moved to this same town in the early 1850’s.  Both grandfathers are buried in the Urbana Cemetery along with her maternal grandmother. 

Her maternal line goes back to 1812.

– She remembers meeting her paternal great-grandmother Mary Harriet (Hallie) Squires Marshall Gott Burton (1891-1974) in the late 60’s.  Grandma Burton also lived in Iowa about 3 hours drive from her Fetherkile relatives.  Mom and Dad met in California.
– Grandma B. had to have known her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Ruth Cross McCann (1823-1912) since we have a photo of Grandma McCann with Grandma B’s younger sisters.  Dad remembers Aunt Ruth who is buried just a few miles from us.

Her paternal line goes back to 1823.

cross-mccann-squire-3-generations-with-labels

So for Him:

– He met his maternal great-grandmother Lurena Dell (Lulu) Hill Farley (1881-1965) at birth!
– Grandma F. was born and raised in the same Nebraska town as her maternal grandparents Townsend Berkley Huff (1830-1904) and Nancy Talbert Huff (1834-1912).  

His maternal line goes back to 1830.

– His paternal line is not able to go to the third “separation”.  He met his paternal grandfather at birth and knows that he was an immigrant in 1907.  He never returned to his native country and we do not have names for any ancestors except his father at this time.  Hopefully soon!

US Presidents – How Many in a Lifetime??

Idea for this post courtesy of GeneaMusings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

“This week’s Genealogy Fun challenge is very timely since a new president was inaugurated yesterday. Here are the answers to the question – how many presidents have served during my lifetime, my parents and grandparents and how many generations back do I have to go to cover all 45 U.S. presidents?”

I put my data into a spreadsheet to answer the questions.  See spreadsheet below.

Her Lifetime: 11 (since Kennedy)
Mom and Dad: 14 (since FD Roosevelt)
Grandparents: 13 (Taft – Carter)
14 (Wilson – GHW Bush)
11  (Taft – Nixon)
17  (T Roosevelt – Clinton)

His Lifetime: 12 (since Eisenhower)
Mom: 15 (since Hoover)
Dad: 14 (Hoover – Obama)
Grandparents: 17 (Harrison-Carter)
15 (Cleveland-Ford)
11 (T Roosevelt-L Johnson)
16 (Taft – Clinton)

Great-Grandparents: Range from 9 – 19 Presidents and 12-18 Presidents
2x Great-Grandparents: Range from 14 – 21 Presidents and 17-22 Presidents
3x Great-Grandparents: Range from 13 – 25 Presidents and 8-24 Presidents
The “winning” relative is Her 3x Great Grandfather Ole Simonson (1816-1915) at living through 25 US Presidents!!

4x Great-Grandparents: Range from 8 – 21 Presidents and 8-18 Presidents
This is the first generation to reach Washington for both of us.  She has 15 ancestors who were alive during Washington’s Presidency and He has 4!)

GP = Grandfather   GM = Grandmother    Number indicates how many greats.  In the following spreadsheet, letters after indicate first letter of last name, in order of my Ahnentafel Report generated by Family Tree Maker.  I only included ancestors who lived part/all of their life in the US and I had dates of birth and death.  If it was a transition year, I used birth, death, inaugurations dates to determine if they lived during a particular President’s term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surname Counts – Genealogy Fun

I am joining all the others out there who are doing the Genea-Musings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

I used Family Tree Maker 2014 to create this report.  To do so, you would click on Publish – Person Reports – Surname Report.  Sort by Surname Count.  Be sure to include all individuals!

My tree has 4637 individuals.  There are 44 names on each page of the report and this report was 23+ pages in length (I calculate a little over 1000 surnames)  Here’s my first page.

 

Surname Report

Fetherkile and Featherkile are of the same family.  Their total count would be 91 placing them in the 7th position.  Squires and Squire are also the same family line.  Their total count would be 80 and 8th position.

It doesn’t look like I have any Seavers.