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Sep 19

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Ahnentafel Roulette

Randy says, “It’s Saturday Night – time for some Genealogy Fun (even though I’m stuck in Santa Cruz without Internet access)”.

Here are the instructions, look below for my answer.

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 father was born July 20, 1927, so he would be 82 if he were living today. 82/4 = 20.5, rounded up to 21.
  • Generating a pedigree chart, #20 is my 2nd great-grandfather, William Kaiser.
  • Three facts about William Kaiser:
    1. William was a taxable resident on the E 1/2 of lot 24, concession 12 in Grey Township, Huron County, Ontario, Canada from 1870-1876. In 1877 he purchased lot 33 in concession 13, Grey, Huron, Ontario, Canada. He was a taxable resident there until 1885 when he immigrated to Michigan.
    2. In 1896, William became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
    3. On the 1900 census of Cadillac, Wexford County, Michgan, his occupation was given as “forester”, however the city directory that year said he worked in a saw mill.

I have spent quite a bit of time on this family lately, finding some Canadian records, and searching for more information about them. I believe he was a follower, coming to Michigan after several of his children, but exact records are hard to find.

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