I have been working on the content I want to put on this blog for each of my branches, including my Ahnentafel. While looking for ways to present an Ahnentafel on WordPress, I came across a post by Genea-Musings called “Saturday Night Gnealogy Fun – Ahnentafel Roulette.” Thinking this looked interesting, I’m going to give it a try.
The following are the guidelines for Ahnentafel Roulette:
- How old is your great-grandfather 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.”
- Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ahnentafel (ancestor name list). Who is that person?
- Tell us three facts about that person with the “roulette number.”
- Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook or Google Plus note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.
- If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then spin the wheel again – pick a grandparent, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!
Here is my Ahnentafel Roulette:
- Like many people, I know the names of all four of my great grandfathers (six if you count two step-great grandfathers).I presume I just need to pick one of these, so I will select one of my paternal great grandfathers, Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979). Delmar was born in 1908, and if he were still alive, he would be 104. Divided by 4, this gives me a “roulette number” of 26.
- The person that is #26 on my ahnentafel is my 2nd Great Grandfather, Ernest Jacob Worthington (1885-1939).
- Three facts about Ernest Jacob Worthington are:
- Besides “E. J.,” Ernest often went by the nickname “Jersey,” which he came to be known by because he worked at a grain mill called Jersey Mill in Harrison, Boone Co., Arkansas.
- Ernest was married twice: first to Mae Josie Gifford (1885-?) in 1906 and then Mattie Blankenship (1903-1944) in 1921. Both of his wives are claimed to have had Native American roots on their mother’s side.
- Ernest had a total of nine children. The first three were from his first marriage, and were Pearl Marie Worthington (1908), Arlyss Worthington (1910), and Goldia “Goldie” Mae Worthington (1912-2006), my great grandmother. The remaining six were from his second marriage, and were Ruby Lee Worthington (1923-2004), Don Worthington (1925-?), James M. Worthington (1928-2011), William Worthington (LIVING), Ira Ray Worthington (LIVING), and Eulis Wesley Worthington (LIVING).
Looking at this, I cannot help but wonder what ancestor this roulette challenge would highlight for my other great grandfathers.