1) How old is one of your grandfathers 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 ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person?
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 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 grandmother, or yourself, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!
My paternal grandfather, John William McCauley, would be 135 years old. 135 divided by 4 = 33.75, rounded up to 34.
Number 34 on my Ahnentafel Chart is my 3rd great-grandfather, Samuel W. Jackson. I don't know much about Samuel, not a birth date, marriage date or death date, but here's three things I do know.
1. Samuel was born in North Carolina - at least that's what the 1850 and 1860 census records show.
2. In 1830 Samuel, his wife and children were living in Meriwether County, Georgia and were listed in the census next to James Lanier. James was the father of William Washington Lanier who married Samuel's daughter, Charlotte T. Jackson. William and Charlotte were my 2nd great-grandparents.
3. By 1840 Samuel and his family had moved to Heard County, Georgia. Charlotte and William were married by then and also made the move.
For sources and additional information, click on the link about for Samuel.