Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun ~ Ancestor Roulette

From Randy Seaver: "Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 50 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 ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, 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 a great-grandmother, a grandparent, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!"

Here's mine:
1. I choose to play with my Great Grandpa Oliver O. Hopkins (1899 - 1978), 1899 divided by 50 = 37.98, rounded up is 39.

2. #39 is my 3rd Great Grandmother, Margaret Gardner (Gaertner), she is the daughter of Jean Michel Gaertner & Elisabeth Nouvier born 12 May 1843 in Ohio.

3. Margaret married George Whitman about 1862 in Wayne County, Ohio.  Together they had 11 children.  From her will we learn that she left each of her children $1.00, she could not sign her name, was catholic and she must have enjoyed quilting as she left a crazy quilt and a red Irish chain quilt to family.

4. and here is my blog post! :)


Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Memorials ~ Howard M. Stine

It is always fun to flesh our the bones of our ancestors.  This weekend I had a chance to do that.  My Mom and I traveled down to Monroe County, Ohio.  On Sunday we met Don and Alvin Thompson and their families for lunch in Woodsfield.   (I think by the end of the meal we figured we were related in someway to most all the patrons!)   Don, his wife and Alvin are related to us thru the Stine and Hayes branches of our families.  They have also been neighbors to many of my ancestors including Oliver & Rose Stine Hopkins, which provided us a lot to talk about.  Among those things were family stories, of course.  My favorite one of the weekend was about my Great Uncle Howard Stine.  According to Don, Howard worked as a janitor at the Laings Church of Christ and rang the church bell on Sundays or as needed.  He always sat in the left front pew all the way to the left and his brother George sat in the right front pew all the way to the right!  The best part about Howard was his nickname, Booger!  How many of you can say you had an Uncle Booger?


Howard M. Stine was born 16 Apr 1906 in Monroe County, Ohio to John C. Stine and Ina Dye, the 7th of 10 children.