Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ahnentafel Roulette

Every Saturday night, Genea-Musings hosts "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" for those of us whose lives are so boring that we're not out on Saturday night :)  ; tonight's topic is "Ahnentafel Roulette" (what is that??)   I've copied the questions below -- I'll take a shot at answering them.

1.   My great-grandfather Maximilian Langer was born in 1840.  I divide by 80 and round to the nearest whole number, and I get:   23

2.  It took me a while on Family Tree Maker to figure out how to do an Ahnentafel report, but I found it, and the person I get is Matilda Hug Siegler, my great-grandmother.  She was born in New York City in 1878, and she died in Brooklyn, New York on April 8, 1932.  

3.  Here are four facts about her:
  •  She was the youngest of the eight children of William and Sophia Hug; her siblings were Adolph, Henry, Lena, Charles, Minnie, Mary, and Amiel.
  •  She was married to George Siegler in 1894; he was 25 and she was 16.  I suppose her parents were tired of having kids around the house and encouraged the relationship!
  •  She bore three children:  Mary, born in 1895; Nicholas, born in 1899 but unfortunately did not survive the first year of his life; and Dorothy, born in 1911, making a 16 year difference between the two sisters.  I absolutely remember my grandmother (Mary) telling me there was a 12-year difference between them, no doubt wanting to shave a few years off her age.
  •  Matilda, or Tillie as she was called, passed away at the young age of 53.  I'm not sure of the cause yet but have written away for her death certificate.

I remember knowing my great-grandmother's name from an early age, because my grandmother (her daughter) would include it in a humorous story about the funny names from her childhood:  Matilda Hug, Frank Footer and his sister Doodle, and Stella Hamburger.  I thought that was very, very funny when I was 10. 

So there you have it, my contribution to Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  And it was fun! 

 Genea-Musing's Questions:

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 80 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" - 
your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). 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) NOTE:  If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then "spin" the wheel again - pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!  Or pick an ancestor!


  1. What great family names! Did those stories make you want to know more about your family?

    I enjoyed this challenge, too. I found my great, great grandmother's marriage record while posting!

  2. Thanks for the comment! Only Hug was a family name, the others were children my grandmother knew at school. I really enjoy doing these challenges on Saturday night!


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