Randy Seaver on his blog, Genea-Musings challenges the blogging community to some Saturday Night Fun each week. I enjoy participating when I am not wrapped up with family activities. He comes up with some very interesting things for us to think about.
Tonight's Genealogy Fun is to:1) Which of your ancestors were alive in 1909?2) Tell us where your ancestral families were living in 1909. What country, state, county, city/town, etc. Who was in the family at the time? Use the 1910 census as "close enough."3) Have you found each of these families in the 1910 census? 4) Write a blog post about your response. Or write a comment to this post.5) Have fun. Learn something!Great Grandparents: Emery Edwin (age 52) and Martha Ann (Alexander) (age 45) Freeman resided at New River Pct., Churchill County, Nevada with their children:my Grandfather Claude (age 24),Louis (age 20), RD (age 15) and Fay (age 6). Great, Great Grandfather: Charles (age 66) and fifth wife Ellen (age 60) and Stepdaughter, Phebe (age 17) resided at Bethany, Gratiot County, Michigan. Great Grandparents: Andrew (age 57) and Emma (Tillman) (age 54) Smalley resided at Norway, Coos County, Oregon with children: Benjamin L. (age 23), Emma King (age 19), Marcella (age 15), Mary J. (age 13), Mildred H. (age 11) and my Grandmother, Etta M. (age 8).Great Grandparents: Richard W. (age 42) and Sarah E. (Hutchison) (age 39) May resided at Columbia, Washington County, Oregon with children: Richard W. (age 16), Alta E. (age 13), Clyde E. (age 11), Hattie I. (age 9), Hugh M. (age 7), Arnold (age 5) and Chester M. (age 4).Great, Great Grandparents: James (age 70) and Susanna (Ballard) (age 66) residing at Columbia, Washington County, Oregon.Great, Great Grandmother: Margaret (Gilliland) Hutchison (age 79) died November 9, 1909. Not enumerated in the 1910 census.Great Grandfather: William Ball (24) and sister, Celia M. Ball (age 22) residing at Arnett, Ellis County, Oklahoma.Great, Great Grandfather: Ellis J. Ball (age 54) cannot locate on 1910 census. May have been away working crops in Oklahoma.Great, Great Grandfather: John R. Baley (age 62) resided in Day, Ellis County, Oklahoma with children: My Great Grandmother, Nora E. (age 24) and Archie O. (age 18). Great, Great, Great Grandfather: Ledra Hawkins (age 71) and second wife, Clara (age 60) residing in San Diego, San Diego, California. I located a total of:2 - Grandparents8 - Great Grandparents6 - Great, Great Grandparents1 - Great, Great, Great GrandparentThis ended up being a total of 17 people from my direct line. I didn't realize that I had so many of them living at the same time. I noticed that most of the surviving spouses were my Grandfathers as it seemed like the women were the ones who died young.As I have been thinking about this, it is really strange that my grandparents, all have passed on and that the 4 of them born in a range of between 1887-1912 would be close to 100 years old all the way to 122. As time marches on, the elder family members are reaching their golden years, it's up to us, as cousins to continue to carry on the family get togethers and to make sure we keep the family ties strong.
I am a Pacific Northwest born and raised intermediate genealogist. Genealogy has been in my blood since about 1980 and have been fortunate enough to have a Mom who was a family interviewer, picture collector and was my genealogy partner until ill health forced her to put it aside.
I have a husband who has been a great support to my hobby and also a good partner. Our only child, Andrea was married this summer to a person we adore, William Kyle Johnson. We are so looking forward to future grandchildren and making more family history.