SNGF: Ahnentafel Roulette

Tonight’s request for SNGF by Randy Seaver from Genea Musings is Ahnentafel Roulette. Here are the instructions:

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

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!


So, here is mine:

1. My Dad was born in 1949, right now he is 59.   59/4= 14.75, rounded up it is 15.

2. # 15 is Mary Jane Hilton. She was born 14 Dec, 1903 to John James and Susie (Kerr) Hilton. She married Joseph Lachney in IN. They had seven children together. Mary died 18 Jul 1992 in Seminole, FL.

Mary Jane was my Great Grandmother, I was in my early 20’s when she passed. She did get to meet 1 of my 3 children.

3. Three facts about Mary Jane:

In 1910 census she is 6 years old, 1 of 7 children at home. They lived in Dover, Athens, Ohio.

In the 1920 census she is 1 of 10 children at home, though 1 is a Grandchild to John and Susie. They lived Nelsonville, Ward 4, Athens, Ohio.

In the 1930 Census Mary Jane is married to Joseph Lachney and they have to children. Lawrence is 6 and Joan is 1 9/12. They live in Dana, Vermillion, Indiana.  They resided on East C Street. It shows she was married at the age of 19.

Mary died in the home of her grand-daughter Debbie, while vacationing in 1992. She passed the day they arrived. The family the returned to OH for services.

There really was not a lot of information to post from the census records. Mary went from being a child in the home of her parents to a wife with children. What I learned from this post is:

1. I need to go through each ancestor and make sure I have found them in all census records available. I did not have Mary in the 1930 census until I did this post.

2. Mary and Joseph were married about 1922, I need to search for their marriage record.

5534_1101491654370_1139047548_30279254_2849421_nJoseph and Mary (Hilton) Lachney



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