Saturday, September 19, 2009

SNGF: Ahnentafel Roulette

Randy at Geneamusings offers us his weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge:
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."
Randy didn't speficy whether to round up or down for a whole number, providing me with a choice of two individuals. I chose the 'roulette number' of 17, which in binary is 10001. A side effect of using binary with ahnentafel numbers is that, ignoring the first digit, each 0 represents a father, and each 1 represents a mother. So 17/10001 is my father's father's father's mother.

1) Rose Cantkert Newmark was born in 1865 in Poland, possibly Warka, on the outskirts of Warsaw. She died on July 6, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, due to heart disease.

2) She married Samuel Joseph Newmark in Poland, and they immigrated first to England approximately 1893, and then to the US in 1908 and 1909. (Samuel and their sons Sol and Barney arrived in October of 1908, and Rose, Sol's wife, and both sets of children, arrived in March of 1909.)

3) She only spoke Yiddish.

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