Saturday, September 03, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette!

Here are the rules for any who wish to join in, as well! You can find the original rules and post >>here<<. :)

1) How old is your great-grandfather 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 (ancestor name list). 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 or Google Plus 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 a grandparent, a  parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!

Here's mine:

My great-grandfather, Alex Gombash, was born on 07 Nov 1896 in Tiszadob, Szabolcs county, Hungary. If he were to be alive today, he would be 114 years old. Divided by four is 28.5, so I'll round up to 29.

My number 29 ancestor is listed as Anna Weishaupt (1867-1951); here is her entry:

29. Anna Weishaupt was born on 06 May 1867 in Graber, Auscha District, Leitmeritz, Bohemia. She was the daughter of Joseph Weishaupt and Maria Anna Kasper. She was married to Johann Phillip Julius "John" Stuempges on 28 Sep 1887 at Newburgh's Corner, La Crosse County, Wisconsin. She died on 11 Jan 1951 at Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin. (Picture: Anna Weishaupt with husband John Stuempges and children, circa 1897.)

Three facts about Anna Weishaupt:

1) Anna was an ethnic German from Bohemia, immigrating as a two year old child on 10 Jun 1869 aboard the ship Helvetia.

2) Anna had a total of 11 children, 9 of them living to be adults and have children of their own. If she were to live to see all her grandchildren born, she would have had 28 grandchildren.

3) Anna had diabetes. I don't know which type and the severity of it, though. (I honestly don't know too much about diabetes to begin with). I was told by my great-aunt (sister to my grandmother..granddaughters of Anna), that my great-grandmother (Anna's daughter-in-law) was the family member to give Anna her insulin shots.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

FamilySearch Find Of The Day: The Birth Record of Katalin Bárczay de Bárcza

Lately, I've been working on a branch of my Bódogh family that I know little about. My line comes from Tiszadob in Szabolcs county. Previous to that, they came from Gelej and before that Tiszaszederkény, both in Borsod County. Back in the mid-late 1600's a branch of my Bódogh's settled in Miskolcz, the largest city in Borsod county. I've been trying to document and connect this branch to the larger Bódogh family tree that I have compiled.

This birth record is for Katalin Bárczay de Bárcza. Although she is a cousin to me in her own right (a 12th cousin 5 times removed, through the Bárczay de Bárcza family), my connection to her is her husband: Géza Demeter de Szeő-Demeter. Géza, an early explorer of Africa, was the son of Ernő Demeter de Szeő-Demeter and Erzsébet Bódogh de Nemesbikk. Nemesbikk is a neighboring village to Gelej and Tiszaszederkény; the Bódogh families of Nemesbikk are already compiled and connected into my large Bódogh family tree.

What's really interesting is the occupation of Katalin's father! An extract of Katalin Bárczay de Bárcza's birth record is as follows:

Entry Number: 67
Town: Heő-Csaba (in Borsod County)
Registration Date: 04 Oct 1901
Name of Registerer: The father

Name of Father: Bárczai Bárczay István
Religion: Reformed
Occupation: Land owner; Chamberlain of Emperor and King
Residence: Heő-Csaba
Birthplace: Heő-Csaba
Age: 41

Name of Mother: Bárczai Bárczay Istvánné (Mrs. István) felhévizi Bihary Ludovica
Religion: Roman Catholic
Occupation: none
Residence: Heő-Csaba
Birthplace: Baracza, Gömör county
Age: 30

Birthplace of Child: Heő-Csaba
Birthdate: 29 Sep 1901
Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Name of Child: Ludovica Izabella Katalina