Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Just for Fun - 24 Family Tree Questions

Earlier today Linda Stufflebean of Empty Branches on the Family Tree took a series of questions that her friend had posted on Facebook, turned them into a fun genealogy exercise and invited her readers to play along.

Her only rule was that the answers had to relate to direct line ancestors, not collateral ancestors.

Here are my answers:

1. What four places did my ancestors live that are geographically the farthest from where I live today?

Tranemo, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Somerset, England

2. What are the four most unusual given names in my family tree?

Experience (Mitchell)
Japhet (Byram)
Philinda (Gage)
Praxana (Gordon)

3. What are the four most common given names in my family tree?

Elizabeth (5)
John (5)
Mary (3) + Mary Ann (2)
George (3)
James (3)
Jane (3)

4. Name four places on my ancestral home bucket list I'd like to visit.

Tranemo, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Somerset, England

5. What are the four most unusual surnames in my family tree?


6. What four brick walls would you most like to smash through?

Parentage of Benjamin Smith, born Long Island, NY - possibly Rockville Centre.
Parentage of Arthur Matthews, born Coleford, Somerset, England
Parentage and birthplace of Elizabeth Nimmo, emigrated from Scotland or Ireland to Montreal.

This was the one question to which I couldn't give four answers because I can't really say that other "missing" information in my tree are brick walls. Those are just ancestors I haven't researched yet, or future brick walls.

If you decide to play along, be sure to go back to Linda Stuffelbean's original post and let her know.


Linda Stufflebean said...

Hi Anna, Thank you for joining in my fun. I have to say your unusual given and surnames are better than mine! Hope you had fun with the questions.

Wendy said...

Totally missed Linda's post on that one. Looks like a good exercise going back through the database.